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Elementary Family Drum Night

Nov 29

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Early Dismissal

Dec 14

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Board of Education Meeting

Dec 19

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Winter Recess - No School

Dec 23

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Winter Recess - No School

Dec 26-30

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Winter Recess - No School

Jan 2-6

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Teacher Institute - No School

Jan 13

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End of Nine Weeks

Jan 13

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Martin Luther King's Birthday - No School

Jan 16

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Board of Education Meeting

Jan 17

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Report Card Day

Jan 23

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Early Dismissal

Jan 25

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Homeless Student Services (McKinney-Vento)

The McKinney­-Vento Act is a federal law developed to ensure immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. Every homeless youth has access to the same free, appropriate public education, including preschool education, as other children and youth. The law seeks to remove any barriers created by other laws, regulations, practices, and policies that might keep children experiencing homelessness from receiving the same educational experience. Students who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence are eligible for services guaranteed under the McKinney-­Vento Act.

This Act includes children and youth who are:

● Temporarily sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason

● Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations

● Living in emergency or transitional shelters

● Abandoned in hospitals

● Using a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation as a primary nighttime residence

● Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus/train stations, or similar settings

Any services provided to students meeting the above criteria are also available to refugee or migratory children and youth in any of the above situations as well as youth not in the custody of any parent or guardian (unaccompanied youth).

This Act guarantees homeless children and youth the following:

  • The right to immediate enrollment in school, even if lacking paperwork normally required for enrollment.
  • The right to attend school in his/her school of origin or in the school in the attendance area where the family or youth is currently residing.
  • The right to receive transportation to his/her school of origin if residing outside of District boundaries.
  • The right to services comparable to those received by housed schoolmates, including transportation and supplemental educational services.
  • The right to an “equal playing field” and the removal of all barriers to receiving educational services.
  • The right to attend school along with children not experiencing homelessness. Segregation based on a student’s status as homeless is strictly prohibited.
  • The posting of homeless students’ rights in all schools and other places around the community.
Helpful information for McKinney Vento Students

Have you recently lost housing and had to move in with friends or family until you can get back on your feet?
Your child’s school is here to help to make sure that he/she gets all the benefits provided under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act.

Who qualifies for this help?
The law states any student that does not have a fixed, regular, and adequate place to sleep at night qualifies for educational assistance. This includes students and families that stay at a shelter, on the street, in a car or abandoned building. Families that have lost their housing and are temporarily living with friends or relatives because they cannot afford their own place also qualify.

Choice of Schools
Changing schools frequently can negatively impact students’ education, causing them to fall behind. Students that qualify for educational assistance through the McKinney-Vento Act can stay at the school they have been attending or transfer to the district in which they are temporarily staying. The caregiver of the student will make the choice. This does not mean you can go to any school. It has to be one of the schools noted above. Once you and your family become permanently housed, your student may finish the school year at his/her current school or transfer to the new district. Your school’s liaison can assist you in whichever decision you make for your student.

Immediate Enrollment
School districts are required to enroll McKinney-Vento eligible students without delay even if you do not have your student’s school or medical records. If you need assistance getting educational or medical records, ask to speak with the district’s liaison. They will assist you.

Transportation
If you, as the caregiver, choose for your student to remain at the home school, the school district will work with you on transportation options. If the ride to school is estimated to be more than one hour, the district or liaison can request a meeting with you to determine how this may affect your student’s education.

Free Lunch & School Fees
Because of your unstable housing situation, your student is eligible to receive a free lunch each day, and if the district provides a breakfast program, that will also be provided at no cost. In addition, your student should not be charged to attend school. This includes books, locks, gym uniforms, class fees, sports programs, and graduation fees.

Early Childhood
Children under the age of five (5) may qualify for educational services. Speak with your liaison or district’s early childhood staff for available programs in your area. Studies show PreK programs can help children get off to a good start in school.

District Liaison

If you have any questions regarding the McKinney Vento Act or are unsure whether your child would be classified as a McKinney Vento Student, please contact the District 45 Liaison, Dr. Brian Graber at [email protected].

Resources

The following websites can provide helpful resources for at-risk of experiencing homelessness or are currently homeless: