Homeless Education

A homeless individual is someone who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This includes anyone who, due to lack of houseing, lives:

  • in emergency or transitional shelters,
  • in motels, hotels, trailer parks, campgrounds, abandoned in hospitals, awaiting foster care,
  • in cars, parks, public places, bus or train stations, abandoned buildings,
  • doubled up with relatives or friends,
  • migratory children living in these conditions.

What Homeless Families Need to Know

  • Homeless children have a right to attend school.
  • You do not need a permanent address to enroll your child in school.
  • Homeless children have the right to stay in their home school if the parents choose.
  • Your child cannot be denied school enrollment just because school records or other enrollment documentation are not immediately available.
  • Your child has the right to transportation services to and from the school of origin.
  • Your child has the right to participate in extra-curricular activities and all federal, state, and local programs for which s/he is eligible.

What Your Family Can Do Before You Move

  • Tell your child's teacher and principal that your child is moving, and give them the new address
  • Let school officials know if you want your child to stay in his/her home school while you are getting the family stabilized.
  • Ask for a copy of your child's school records, including immunizations.

Tips for Families Who Move Often

  • Keep a copy of birth certificates and school records accessible.
  • Safeguard all health and immunization records.
  • Have a reliable person keep a second copy of the child's birth certificate, school records, and health information.
  • Enroll children in school as soon as possible.

At School, Ask About These Special Services

  • Free breakfast and lunch programs
  • Free transportation servcies
  • Special transportation for children to remain in their home school
  • Special education programs, especially if the student has previously received special education services
  • Tutoring programs
  • Programs to help children learn English
  • Gifted or talented programs
  • Summer school programs
  • Pre-school programs
  • Homeless assistance programs