If a student elects to attend their school of origin, at the end of the school year should that student be withdrawn from the school since their homeless status is only good for one year? Or should the student remain on roll at the school until their living arrangement is determined for the next school year?

Answer: Assuming the student is experiencing homelessness at the end of the school year, the student should not be withdrawn from the school, but remain on the roll at the school until their living situation is determined for the next school year.  If the student is...

I have a potential graduating senior, unaccompanied homeless youth, with many recent absences. Prior to becoming homeless, the student attended school regularly, until about 6 weeks ago. A teacher will not allow the student to make up the work that he has missed for his class. How can I advocate for him, so that he can sit for his final exam on next week and participate with his graduating class?

Answer: Below is the exact language from the McKinney-Vento Act.  The citation is 42 USC 11432(g)(1)(I). This student has been missing school after becoming homeless.  He now faces barriers to graduation due to his homelessness and the absences. The district has a...

A student qualified for McKinney-Vento services and has been absent from school for quite some time. The family has not responded to communication. Are we required to keep this student enrolled, or can we disenroll the student?

Answer: Before disenrolling the student, you would need to try all available means of communication, based on all the information you have about the student.  Since we know that homelessness results in frequent moves, loss or disconnection of cell phones, and other...

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