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McKinney-Vento Homeless Education

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education

AOS 93 schools follow the provisions of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education, which aims to minimize the educational disruptions experienced by homeless students.

Under McKinney-Vento, homeless students are guaranteed the right to a free, appropriate, public education. When students become homeless, they can remain enrolled in the schools they have been attending, although they might no longer meet residency requirements. McKinney-Vento also guarantees homeless students the right to enroll in a public school even if they lack the typically required documents and immunizations. In addition, homeless students are guaranteed the transportation they need to attend school.

If you have become homeless, notify your child's school principal immediately. If you are homeless in another district, enroll your child immediately and inform the school that you're homeless. 

According to McKinney-Vento, "homeless" can be defined as an individual who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth:

  • Sharing housing due to loss of housing or economic hardship
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate housing
  • Living in emergency or transitional housing
  • Abandoned in hospitals
  • Having a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, regular sleeping accommodations
  • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations
  • Migratory students meeting the descriptions above

Contact          

Susan Fossett
AOS 93 Director of Special Services
207-563-3044 ext. 104

or

Gayle Erdheim
Maine Department of Education
207-624-6637

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