McKinney Vento Homeless Law
As part of the No Child Left Behind Act, provisions have been made to ensure that homeless students have no barriers to getting an education comparable with any other students. The McKinney-Vento Act, a federal act that protects the rights of homeless students, classifies families as homeless if they have a precipitating event [Abandonment, Act of Nature/Natural Disaster, Death of Parent/Guardian, Domestic Violence, Eviction, Fire, Hospitalization of Parent/Guardian, Incarceration of Parent/Guardian, Left Home, Military, Parental Job Loss/Loss of Income, Parent Divorce/Separation, Separated from Family, Other Poverty-related Situation, Other, and Unknown]. Along with the precipitating event, the family also must be experiencing one of the following.
Gettysburg Area School District will work with students defined as homeless to remove barriers that may prevent them from receiving education services. Anyone who feels their child may qualify as homeless should contact Brandi Glenn-Akers, Coordinator of Educational Services/Homeless Liason at (717) 334-6254, Option 1, Ext. 1207 or email@example.com or Jennifer Weigle, School Social Worker at 717-334-6254, Option 4, Ext. 7218 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sharing the house of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason, called “doubled up”
- Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or campgrounds to due lack of alternative adequate
- Living in emergency or transitional shelters
- Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings
Resource LinksBasic Education Circular (BEC)-Do we qualify for services under McKinney-Vento?
Gettysburg Area School Board Policy
Education for Homeless Youth