Under the McKinney-Vento Act, children in homeless situations have the right to:

  • Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there.

  • Attend either the local school or the school of origin, if this is in their best interest; the school of origin is the school the child attended when he/she was permanently housed or the school in which the child was last enrolled.

  • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin.

  • Enroll in school immediately, even if missing records and documents normally required for enrollment, such as a birth certificate, proof of residence, previous school records, or immunization/medical records.

  • Enroll, attend classes, and participate fully in all school activities while the school gathers records.

  • Have access to the same programs and services that are available to all other students, including transportation and supplemental educational services.

  • Attend school with children not experiencing homelessness; a school cannot segregate a student because he or she is homeless.

For more information, contact Katie Rixon (509)493-1500 ext 279