McKinney-Vento

Definition of “Homeless” from McKinney-Vento Act: 

The Act uses the Illinois statute in defining homeless children as "individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence." The Act then goes on to give examples of children who would fall under this definition:

  • (a) Children sharing housing due to economic hardship or loss of housing;
  • (b) Children living in "motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations"
  • (c) Children living in "emergency or transitional shelters"
  • (d) Children whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc.)
  • (e) Children living in "cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations..."[12]
  • migratory children who qualify as homeless because the children are living in circumstances described above. 

Educational Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness-Children and youth experiencing homelessness have the right to:

  • Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there.
  • Continue in the school they last attended before becoming homeless or the school they last attended, if that is the parent's or guardian's choice and is feasible.
  • Receive transportation to the school they last attended before their family became homeless or the school they last attended, if a parent or guardian requests such transportation.
  • Attend school and participate in school programs with children who are not homeless.
  • Enroll in school without giving a permanent address.
  • Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other documents required for enrollment.
  • 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 comparable to that provided to children who are not homeless.

These rights are established under Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. The McKinney-Vento Act was originally authorized in 1987 and re-authorized in December 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). For more information on parent/youth rights please visit https://nche.ed.gov/pr/parent_booklet.php. NCHEP website (https://hepnc.uncg.edu/)

Total Number Guilford Preparatory Academy McKinney Vento Students
2014-2015-0
2015-2016-0
2016-2017-0

Additional NC Data can be found at:  
 (
https://hepnc.uncg.edu/about/,http://profiles.nche.seiservices.com/StateProfile.aspx?StateID=33

For more information on the McKinney-Vento Act 
please contact:
Dr. Robin Buckrham, Ed.D
Homeless Liaison for Guilford Preparatory Academy
336 954 1344
rbuck@guilfordprep.org

Lisa Phillips
State Coordinator
336-315-7491
NC Homeless Education Program
https://hepnc.uncg.edu/