Homeless Education

The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law, passed in 1987 to help people experiencing homelessness. Part of the law protects the rights of children and youth who are homeless to go to school. In 2001, as part of the No Child Left Behind Act, this law became know as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001.

This law applies to all homeless children and youth, who are guaranteed a free and appropriate public education. Homeless children and youth include those living with or without their parents in a shelter (such as temporary family shelters, domestic violence shelters, runaway shelters, and homes for school-age unwed mothers), transitional housing, hotel or motel, campground, cars or on the street. Also included are those children and youth temporarily living with relatives or friends (with or without their parents) because they do not have a fixed, regular, safe and adequate residence.

Congress passed this law giving children and youth in homeless situations the right to go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there. For more information, please contact your building principal or the Director of Pupil Personnel and Special Services.

The Steel Valley School District is committed to providing each student with an education free of distractions and disruptions. We do realize, however, that life events can occur where the normal pattern of living can be compromised. We offer services and can provide information and referrals for students and families who are experiencing homelessness.

Homelessness can be described in many different ways and apply to many different situations. If you or someone you know are living in an environment, which is not the norm for you and your family, please contact the school as soon as possible so that we may help assist you in providing you with all the services you need to get through this difficult time. (Click here for more information on the Education of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness)


For assistance or more information, contact the SVSD Homeless Liaison:

Mrs. Diana L. Borges, Director of Pupil Personnel and Special Services

412.464.3600 x1900,1905