EDUCATING MISSOURI’S HOMELESS CHILDREN
The McKinney-Vento Act, part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, guarantees homeless children and youth an education equal to what they would receive if not homeless.
Who is Homeless?
According to the McKinney-Vento Act, homeless children and youth include individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. This includes the following situations:
· Sharing the housing of others (known as doubling-up) due to loss of housing or economic hardship
· Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds
· Living in emergency or transitional shelters
· Abandoned in hospitals
· Awaiting foster-care placement
· Living in a nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation
· Living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings
The McKinney-Vento Act also recognizes unaccompanied youth who are homeless. According to the Act, an unaccompanied youth is a youth not in the physical custody of a parent or legal guardian.
To report a possible homeless situation or obtain more information regarding homeless children and youth, please contact the student’s school counselor or the Homeless Coordinator for the Jefferson City School District at 573-659-3043.
The Homeless Coordinator for Jefferson City School District is the Director of Student Information, Planning and Assessment. For any questions, please call 573-659-3043 or e-mail Dawn Berhorst at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Homeless Coordinator is responsible for:
- supporting the needs of the homeless student population
- ensuring the delivery of mandated services to facilitate the student’s attendance and access to appropriate education
- assessing student needs
- interpreting laws related to homeless students
- acts as a resources to school staff