Homeless Enrollment

The school selected according to the best interests of the homeless student must immediately enroll the student, even if the student lacks records normally required for enrollment (e.g., academic records, medical records, proof of residency, etc.).  Students must immediately be allowed to attend classes and participate in other school activities.  The receiving school must immediately contact the last school attended to obtain relevant academic and other records.  If a homeless student lacks immunization or medical records, the local homeless education liaison must help them obtain the necessary records. The McKinney-Vento Act does not prohibit districts from requiring parents to submit contact information.


(Summary of McKinney-Vento and Title I Provisions. 2002. National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY), National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE), National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH), National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP) and National Network for Youth (NN4Y))