Do you lack a permanent physical address? Do you live at a temporary address? Is your residence or housing uncertain?
Examples of Homeless Living situations: shelter, motels/hotels, doubled-up (when family has to live with family or friends due to hardship or loss of housing), unsheltered (parks, under bridges, on streets, etc.), transitional housing, inadequate housing
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you can still enroll in school and we can help! Please refer to the information below.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act:
- defines and protects the rights of homeless students to enroll in, attend, and succeed in our public schools
- every school district is required to have a homeless education liaison, and ensure that homeless children are receiving all benefits
Project HEARTBEAT works to eliminate barriers to enrollment and attendance, and to increase and improve the emotional well-being and academic achievement of homeless students. Project HEARTBEAT works with children and unaccompanied youth in homeless situations to meet their basic needs, and to ensure their rights under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act are met.
Services may include:
coordinating free school meals arranging school of origin transportation within the district, and in neighboring districts enrollment assistance providing appropriate clothing school supplies emergency food access to academic intervention programs referrals to community agencies for housing assistance, counseling, food, clothing etc. mentoring summer enrichment opportunity for students in elementary school providing opportunities for parents/caregivers to be involved in campus and district involvement activities
Foster Care Services
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), passed in 2015, is the most recent version of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Law and replaces No Child Left Behind At. ESSA places a new emphasis on the unique educational needs of students in foster care and the shared responsibility of state and local education agencies and child welfare organizations to collaborate and work together to promote educational stability.
- Enrollment assistance to include immediate enrollment regardless if student has all necessary documents
- Coordinating free school meals
- Arranging school of origin transportation within the district and in neighboring districts
- School supplies if needed
- Coordination with child welfare agencies