The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a federal law that governs the educational rights of children and youth in homeless situations. Under this program the Lumpkin County School System offers support and assistance to ensure that each homeless child or youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as other children and youth.
If you or your child:
- live in a shelter
- share housing with relatives or others because you lost your housing or cannot afford housing
- live in a campground, car, abandoned building, or other inadequate shelter
- do not have a permanent address and/or permanent housing
- live on the street
- if you are an unaccompanied youth
You have the right to:
- immediately enroll in and attend school without having health and school records with you
- enroll in school where you are living or the school attended when permanently housed if in your child's best interest
- receive transportation to and from school of origin
- participate in school related activities and receive other needed services
- utilize dispute resolution process if you have a grievance
For additional information on the educational rights of homeless children and youth, you may visit the following recommended site:
National Center for Homeless Education at Serve
P.O. Box 5367
Greensboro, NC 27435
Please see related documents for the full text of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act or a student residency questionnaire (available in Spanish) to help you determine if you and/or your child meet criteria for McKinney-Vento.
The Lumpkin County school social worker is the local homeless liaison for Lumpkin County Schools and can be reached at 706-864-6189 ext. 41257 if you have any questions.