Answer: The McKinney-Vento Act requires schools to remove barriers to enrollment and retention in school. This could include dropping a child at day care. However, that accommodation probably is not strictly required if dropping a child at day care or a relative’s house is very different from what dropping off at home would be. For example, if it requires a taxi as opposed to a school bus, or would require a significantly longer ride, then it’s questionable whether that transportation would be strictly required.
It’s also worth asking what is done for other children. Other working parents run into the same dilemma. Are other children dropped off at day care? If so, that demonstrates, it’s a recognized barrier that the school is helping other parents address, and so should help homeless parents address, as well.