McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance

  • Who is Considered Homeless?

    The federal McKinney-Vento Act guarantees school enrollment for any who, due to lack of permanent housing, live in inadequate or temporary settings, such as:

    • In emergency or transitional shelters
    • In motels, hotels, or campgrounds
    • In cars, parks, public places, bus or train stations, or abandoned buildings
    • Doubled up with relatives or friends
    • In these conditions and is a migratory child or youth
    • Unaccompanied Youth

    For More Information, Contact

    Virginia Department of Education

    The College of William & Mary - SOE
    P.O Box 8795
    Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
    757-221-2302 (TTY)
    Toll-Free in Virginia  877-455-3412

  • Families should know:

    Children lacking fixed, regular and adequate housing have the right to:

    • Enroll or remain in school without a permanent address.
    • Attend and enroll immediately even if unable to provide records required for enrollment.
    • Remain in the same school (school of origin) even if you move.
    • Go to school where child last attended or school where temporarily living.
    • Transportation (to the extent feasible).
    • Automatically qualify for free lunch programs.
    • Participate in extracurricular activities and/or special education services if eligible.
    • Written explanation and appeal if educational placement is denied.

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  • Contact Information

    Natalie Gerometta

    Natalie Gerometta
    School Social Worker
    Homeless Education Liaison

    School Board Policy

    Admission of Homeless Children