Homeless Educational Services is designed to provide educational services with dignity and respect to students who meet the criteria for homelessness according to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act. Students are required by law to have access to all services, programs and activities provided by the Valdosta City School System.
What is the McKinney-Vento Education Assistance Act?
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is the federal law that governs the educational rights of children and youth in homeless situations. This act reauthorized under in 2001 as Title X Part C, No Child Left Behind Act.
What does it mean?
The McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act says, if you:
Then you have the right to:
To read the law in its entirety, you may visit: www.naechy.org/mckinney.html
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 reauthorized the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. The program is now referred to as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvement Act of 2001. In an effort to strengthen accountability at both the state and local level, the reauthorization includes the requirement for every school district in the country to designate a homeless liaison.
The liaison is responsible for ensuring the identification, school enrollment, attendance, and opportunities for academic success of students in homeless situations. Some of these activities may be accomplished by the liaison, while others are accomplished by coordinating efforts of school social workers or other staff. By linking the students and their families to school and community services, the liaison plays a critical role in stabilizing students and promoting academic achievement at the individual, school, and district level.
For questions regarding the education of homeless students, you may contact:
Deanna W. Folsom, Social Services Coordinator