• McKINNEY-VENTO HOMELESS RESOURCES

    McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

    WHO IS HOMELESS?

    Homeless students are those who lack a fixed, regular, adequate nighttime residence. This includes students who are:

    • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reason (doubling up);
    • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or campgrounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
    • Living in emergency or transitional shelters;
    • Living in  abandoned in hospitals;
    • Have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designates for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation of human beings, or
    • Live in a car, park, public space, abandoned building, substandard housing, bus or train station or similar setting

    The definition includes migratory students who live in the aforementioned situations. Beginning Dec. 10, 2016, “those awaiting foster care placement” are not included in the definition.

    WHAT IS AN UNACCOMPANIED YOUTH?

    Pursuant to the McKinney-Vento Act, an unaccompanied youth includes a homeless child or youth under the age of 21 and not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. More information.

    EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT

    Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Indiana will create a plan to better align our local, state and federal programs to help all students be successful.

    The Indiana Department of Education is committed to meaningfully engaging a diverse group of stakeholders through a variety of methods and opportunities to solicit thoughts, opinions, and recommendations concerning provisions in Indiana’s state plan. More information.

    RESIDENCY AND EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS

    • The right to enroll immediately, even if you don't have all the required paperwork. Schools normally require parents to have birth certificates, proof of residency, school records, and medical records with them when they enroll their children. If you are experiencing one of the housing situations covered by the McKinney-Vento Act, then you can enroll your children without these documents, although you may need to get some of them later.
    • The right to school placement at the school in their best interest. Your children may go to the school they attended when they were permanently housed, also called their school of origin, even if you are not staying in that district. Alternatively, your children may attend the school where you are temporarily staying. This right lasts the entire duration of your homelessness or until the end of the school year after you achieve permanent housing.
    • The right to transportation services. Schools must provide your children with transportation to their school, if feasible, until you get permanent housing. Parents who need this service for their children should request it from the McKinney-Vento Liaison.
    • The right to other services. The fees for breakfast and lunch provided by the school, as well as the fees for textbooks, should be waived for your children. They also are automatically eligible for Title I services which may include before- and after-school programs, tutoring programs, or other assistance such as graphing calculators required for math classes.
    • The right to appeal decisions regarding enrollment and services. If the school district makes a decision about your child's school enrollment or the services that your child receives (such as transportation) that you disagree with, you have the right to appeal that decision. The school's McKinney-Vento Liaison should be contacted immediately to assist you with the appeal. While the dispute with the school district is being resolved, your child has the right to attend the school or receive the services in question.
    • The right to attend school and school activities without the fear of being singled out. Children in unstable housing situations cannot be separated from their peers just because of their housing situation. They have the right to attend school and participate in extracurricular activities just like any other student.

    HELPFUL RESOURCES

    Indiana State Plan

    Franklin Community School Corporation Indiana Education for Homeless Children and Youth Plan

    FSCS Bylaws and Policies 5111.01 Homeless Students

    Parent’s Guide to the Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (pdf)

    Homeless Parent Information (pdf)

    Homeless Youth Information (pdf)

    Dispute Resolution (pdf)

    Franklin Academy

    Cub Connect Brochure (pdf)

    Cub Closet (pdf)

    Cub Pantry (pdf)

    Local Trustees

    Kids in Crisis Intervention Team (KIC-IT) (pdf)

    Johnson County Helpline Brochure (pdf)

     

    KIMBERLY SPURLING, MSW

    Franklin Community School Corporation

    Community Outreach Coordinator

    McKinney-Vento Liaison

    592 Ironwood Drive

    Franklin, IN 46131

    317-428-2078 (direct)

    spurlingk@franklinschools.org

     

    DEEPALI JANI

    McKinney-Vento Homeless Education State Coordinator

    Indiana Department of Education

    115 West Washington Street, Suite 600

    Indianapolis, IN 46207

    317-233-3372

    djani@doe.in.gov

     

    Indiana Department of Education for Homeless Children and Youth