McKinney-Vento federal law
Under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, we in FCPS address the problems that homeless students face in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school, and we aim to ensure that each one has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including preschool, as other children and youth. Homeless students should receive the educational and other services they need to meet the same challenging academic standards to which all students are held. In addition, homeless students may not be separated from the mainstream school environment. Our objectives include:
- Identifying and enrolling homeless students;
- Encouraging regular attendance and continuity in school;
- Promoting academic achievement;
- Providing transportation to school; and
- Keeping open the lines of communication.
Most students are identified for McKinney-Vento services through the registrars at the school who enrolled them, though sometimes they are identified through Family Resource Centers or Youth Services Centers (FRYSC).
The student’s family then completes an affidavit, which is notarized at the school and sent to the district’s homeless education liaison. (Usually the only exception is when students are living at the Salvation Army or Greenhouse 17; those agencies will contact FCPS directly.) Also, Fayette's Department of Pupil Personnel alerts the liaison if FCPS imports records from another district where a student was identified as homeless.
The student is then marked in Infinite Campus as homeless, and an email goes out to the school’s McKinney-Vento point of contact, registrar, FRYSC, social worker, and the Child Nutrition staff that the student is eligible to receive academic support and services under McKinney-Vento.
Title VII-B of the Steward B. McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 USC 11431 et seq.), aka the McKinney-Vento Act, was originally authorized in 1987 and most recently reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
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