The McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act ensures that all school-aged children and youth experiencing homelessness are entitled to the same free and appropriate public education that is provided to non-homeless students. State law also addresses the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness. Texas Education Code (TEC) §§ 25.001, 25.002, and 29.153 address educational rights concerning school admission and preschool for homeless students.
Definition of Homeless: A student between the ages of 4 to 22, who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Specifically, if student lives under any of these conditions:
If your school age children are experiencing any of these difficulties, please contact the District’s Homeless Liaison to discuss how United ISD can help support students during this COVID-19 time period.
The Federal McKinney-Vento Act and Texas State Law guarantee that if you meet eligibility requirements you may:
If a parent disagrees on the eligibility, school selection or enrollment please contact Sara Hernandez, Homeless Liaison. The Act requires schools to enroll students immediately to the school in which they are seeking enrollment, until the dispute reaches its final resolution, including all appeals. 42 U.S.C. §11432(g)(3)(E)(i). For unaccompanied youth, the liaison must ensure the youth is immediately enrolled in the school in which the youth seeks enrollment pending resolution of the dispute. 42 U.S.C. §11432(g)(3)(E)(iv). Since the Act defines “enroll” to include attending classes and participating fully in school activities, students must be afforded full participation and provided all appropriate services while the dispute is pending.