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McKinney Vento Act:  


McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law which may qualify school-aged children for certain rights and protection.


What is considered homeless?


  • If students and their families live in any of the following situations:
  • In a shelter, motel, or campground;
  • In a park, abandoned building, bus, train station,
  • Or some other inadequate accommodation; or
  • Double up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship


If your children are eligible, they have the right to:
Receive the free, appropriate public education, to which they are entitled.
Be enrolled in school immediately, even lacking documents normally required for enrollment.
Be enrolled in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documentation.
Enroll in the local school near where they are living or continue attend their school of origin
(the school they attended when permanently housed or the last school enrolled) if that is your preference and is feasible.


Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if you request this and is feasible.


Receive educational services comparable to those provided to all other students, according to your childs needs.


If you believe your children may be eligible, contact the local liaison for Catawba County Schools, Vicki Toepper at (828) 455-4342 to find out what services and supports my be available.
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