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The importance of a stable, quality education in the life of a homeless child is immeasurable. Bloomington Public Schools ensures the provision of educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (click here for more information regarding this act).
Who is considered homeless?
A homeless individual is someone who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.
This includes anyone who, due to a lack of housing, 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 rights do homeless children have?
- To go to school, no matter where the child lives or how long the child has lived there.
- Continue in the school they attended before becoming homeless or the school last attended, if that is the choice and is feasible.
- Receive transportation to the school attended before becoming homeless or the school last attended if requested by the parent/guardian.
- Attend a school and participate in programs with children who are not homeless.
- Enroll in school without giving a permanent address.
- Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other documents required for enrollment.
- Receive the same special programs and services (e.g., preschool, free or reduced school meals, ESL, special education, Title I, gifted and talented services, vocational/technical education, and before-and after-school care), if needed, as provided to all other children served in these programs.
- Helping Your Child Succeed When Dealing With Homelessness
- Parent Brochure (Spanish)
- Parent Poster (Spanish)
- Youth Poster (Spanish)