THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS

 

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. The federal mandate, and the intention of the Steel Valley School District, is to ensure that homeless children and youth have access to 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 homeless liaison, Director of Pupil Personnel and Special Services, Mrs. Diana L. Borges at 412.464.3600 x1900, 1905.

 

For more information about the Education of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness, click on the link to a PDE Basic Education Circular about the Education of Homeless Youth:

 

http://www.education.pa.gov/Documents/Codes%20and%20Regulations/Basic%20Education%20Circulars/US%20Code/Education%20for%20Homeless%20Youth.pdf