Lackawanna Public Schools

McKinney-Vento Act
The McKinney-Vento Act is federal legislation, in effect since 1987, that ensures the rights and protections of children and youth experiencing homelessness. The purpose of the McKinney-Vento Act is to ensure that homeless children and youth are enrolled in and succeed in school.  The McKinney-Vento Act defines “homeless children and youth” as individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.

Students in the following situations may be entitled to additional support:

·         Living with other families or friends (i.e. doubled-up housing)

·         Living in hotels or motels

·         Living in homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, or transitional housing

·         Living in cars, abandoned buildings, parks, on the street, or other public spaces

·         Living as a runaway or in homeless youth shelters

·         Living in temporary foster care placement

McKinney-Vento eligible students have the right to:

·         Attend school in the attendance area where they are currently living.

·         Attend the school of origin (the school they attended when they became homeless), or the school in which they were last enrolled.

·         Support enrolling and succeeding in school from the district McKinney-Vento Liaison.

·         Receive transportation to their school, if necessary.

·         Free school meals (McKinney-Vento Liaison will complete the application).

More information can be found here at NYS TEACHS.