Homeless Children and Youth Assistance
The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. McKinney-Vento provides federal funding to states for the purpose of supporting district programs that serve homeless students.
McKinney-Vento requires a school to adhere to the following procedures
1. The school must complete the Initial Challenge of Enrollment Form at the time of enrollment. The original copy of the form should be forwarded to the HCS homeless liaison. Additional copies of the form should be distributed as follows:
1) parent/guardian/unaccompanied youth;
2) Student Support Services Department; and
3) the originating school should retain a copy for documentation purposes.
2. The school must provide the parent/guardian or unaccompanied youth the Parent Appeal Form and the contact information of the HCS homeless liaison.
3. It is the responsibility of the school to forward both forms to the HCS Homeless Liaison within three (3) business days, so that determination can be made at the district level.
The district must adhere to the following procedures
1. The district (i.e. the HCS Homeless Liaison and the Student Support Services Department) must complete an investigation to determine if the student is entitled to enrollment and supportive services under McKinney-Vento.
2. The district must complete the Final District Decision Form within three days of receiving the Parent Appeal Form and notify the parent/guardian/unaccompanied youth in writing.
3. The district must advise the parent/guardian/unaccompanied youth that the district’s final determination may be appealed to the Alabama State Department of Education within three days.
4. The district must inform the parent/guardian/unaccompanied youth that the district’s homeless liaison is required to assist him/her in filing such an appeal (if requested).4- Homeless Assistance Request Form 2016-17.pdf
5. The district must provide the appeal form to the parent/guardian/unaccompanied youth to send to the Alabama State Department of Education.
The student must remain enrolled and provided with transportation (if feasible) until the district makes a final determination and for a maximum of 10 days after the determination to give the parent/guardian/unaccompanied youth the opportunity to appeal to and receive a decision from the Alabama State Department of Education.