• Children and youth who experience homelessness have the right to receive a free, appropriate public education ensured by the The McKinney-Vento Act. The law requires schools to remove barriers to enrollment, attendance and success for homeless students.
    • The McKinney-Vento Act sets a high priority on keeping students at their schools of origin (the schools they attended when they first experienced homelessness). This provision provides students some stability when other factors are in flux.
    • Children and youth in homeless situations are identified by school personnel and through coordination with other agencies and entities
    • Children and youth enroll in, and have full and equal opportunity to succeed in, Westonka Schools
    • Families, children, and youth receive educational services for which they are eligible and receive referrals to health, mental health, dental, and other appropriate services
    • Parents or guardians are informed of educational and other related opportunities available to their children, and are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children
    • Parents and guardians, and unaccompanied youth are fully informed of all transportation services, including the school of origin, and are assisted in accessing transportation services.