Information for Parents

If your family lives in any of the following situations:
In a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground
On the street
In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations, or 
Doubled up with friends or relatives because you cannot find or afford housing

Then, your preschool-aged and school-aged children have certain rights or protections under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.

Your children have the right to:
Go to school, no matter where you live or how long you have lived there.  They must be given access to the same public education, including preschool education provided to other children.
Continue in the school they attended before you became homeless or the school they last attended, if that is your choice and is feasible.  If a school sends your child to a school other than the one you request, the school must provide you with a  written explanation and offer you the right to appeal the decision.
Receive transportation to the school they attended before your family became homeless or the school they last attended, if you or a guardian request such transportation.
Attend a school and participate in school programs with children who are not homeless.  Children cannot be separated from the regular school program because they are homeless.
Enroll in school without giving a permanent address.  Schools cannot require proof or residency that might prevent or delay school enrollment.
Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other documents required for enrollment.
Enroll and attend classes in the school of your choice even while the school and you seek to resolve a dispute over enrolling your children.
Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other children served in these programs.
Receive transportation to school and to school programs.

Click here for Blount County Community Resources for families.

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