Educational Rights


In compliance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act, each school district is required to designate a liaison for homeless children and youths. Parents/guardians should contact the liaison to obtain assistance, services and resolution of disputes that arise 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 local school where they are staying without a permanent residence or proof of residency
  • Immediately attend school while the school obtains records (immunization record, cumulative records, special education documents)
  • Automatically receive free/reduced price lunches and other services of the food program without an application

Project TEACH has produced an instructional video that explains 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.