Homeless Student Information

Board Policy on Homeless Children and Youth
Homeless Children & Youth Program

Form 1: Student Residency Statement - To be completed if school has suspicion that student may be homeless.

Form 2: Homeless McKinney Vento Parents Rights - Must be given to parents when they complete Form 1.

Form 3: Procedures for Free Lunch - Procedures for applying for Free Lunch.

Form 4: School of Origin - Must be completed if student is requesting to be transported to another school.

Form 5: Transportation to School of Origin - Procedures for transportation to school of origin.

Form 6: Dispute for Transportation

Homeless Children and Youth Program

The Homeless Children and Youth Program is funded by the McKinney-Vento sub-grant through the Georgia Department of Education. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act was reauthorized in 2001 under No Child Left Behind. McKinney Vento ensures educational rights and protection for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Educational stability for the homeless child is a key element of McKinney-Vento. Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the education subtitle of the McKinney-Vento Act. The new definition of Homeless changed under the ESSA amendments in December 2016 which removed the phrase "awaiting foster care placement" from the homeless definition under McKinney Vento.

Definition of “homeless children and youth”

According to McKinney-Vento, the definition of “homeless children and youth” means an individual who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. It includes:

  • Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters and are abandoned in hospitals.

  • Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

  • Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings

  • Migrant children who live in the above mentioned conditions

Children and youth in homeless situations have the right to:

  • Attend 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.

  • Choose between the local school where they are living or the school last attended before becoming homeless, when in the best interest of the child.
  • Enroll in school without proof of residency, immunizations, school records, or other documents.

  • When attending the school of origin is determined in the best interest of the child, the parent or guardian may request transportation to the school of origin.

  • Receive all the school services available to other students.

For Further Information:

Refer to Board Policy JBC(1) or contact the Homeless Children and Youth office at 770.358.5891.

Ms. Julie Hawkins - Homeless Liaison  [email protected]

Erica Glenn - State Liaison 404-295-4705  [email protected]


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