Educational Rights


To comply with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act, each school district must designate a liaison for homeless youth. Parents/guardians should contact the liaison to obtain assistance, find services, and resolve any disputes regarding eligibility, school selection, or school enrollment.

Children experiencing homelessness have a right to:

  • Consistently attend school no matter where they stay at night (shelter, motel, car, temporarily with family/friends)
  • Participate fully in all school activities and programs for which they are eligible
  • Continue to attend the same school upon moving away from the school’s attendance area or school district
  • Receive transportation from where they are currently staying back to the school of origin
  • Enroll in a local school where they are staying without a permanent residence or proof of residency
  • Immediately attend school while the school obtains records (immunization records, cumulative records, special education documents)
  • Automatically receive free/reduced-price lunches and other services of the food program without an application


Educational Rights Videos

Project TEACH has produced instructional videos explaining education rights to families. School districts, shelters, and agencies offering assistance to students experiencing homelessness are encouraged to consider using the following video as they help inform families of education rights of children.