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Educational Rights of Homeless Children

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Who are Homeless Children/Youth?

These are children and youth that lack a fixed, regular and adequate night-time residence. This includes children who:

  • Share housing with other individuals due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason
  • Live in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations
  • Live in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Are abandoned in hospitals
  • Have a primary nighttime residence that is not designed for, or ordinarily used as, regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
  • Live in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings
  • Are migratory children living in the aforementioned circumstances
  • Are unaccompanied youth not in the physical custody of a parent/guardian

Educational Rights of Homeless

All homeless students are eligible for the following rights and services in all WPS schools:

  • To attend school no matter where they live or how long they have lived there.
  • Choice between their neighborhood school, the school they attended before they lost their housing, or the school where they were previously enrolled.
  • Enrollment in a school without proof of residency, immunizations, school records or other documents.
  • Transportation to and from school at a designated stop near their current residence.
  • Free breakfast and lunch daily.
  • Protection from harassment and isolation.
  • Any other school services the student may need.



8 a.m. to 4:30pm


Jamie Skaronea

McKinney Vento Service Coordinator



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