Title IX, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act - McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act defines a homeless
student as one who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Shelby County Schools’ McKinney Grant funds are used to provide services to homeless children and youth to facilitate enrollment, retention, and educational success.
If your family lives in any of the following situations, you may be considered homeless:
In a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground
On the street
In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations, or
Doubled up with friends or relatives because you cannot find or afford housing.
To find out if your child qualifies for homeless services, please speak to your school guidance counselor, or call Federal Programs at 205-682-7072.
If your child is deemed eligible for the homeless program, he/she has the right to:
Access to the same public education as other children
Continue in the school they attended before becoming homeless (i.e., school of origin), if feasible. If a school believes it is in the best interests of your child to attend a school other than the one you request, the school must provide you with a written explanation and offer you the right to appeal the decision.
Transportation assistance to/from school
Participate in all programs and activities that are available to non-homeless students
Enroll immediately in school. The school will work with parents to obtain necessary records.
Services are provided to students that qualify for the homeless program. Services include, but are not limited to:
After School Care (in the event parents are working between 3:00 and 6:00 PM)
Class fees/dues assistance
Field Trip assistance
Personal hygiene items
Referral for medical, dental, vision, counseling
Free school breakfast/lunch
If you would like more information concerning the
homeless program in Shelby County, please contact the
Shelby County Schools McKinney-Vento Liaison, Beth
Fuller, at 682-7072.