Families in certain transitional living situations are eligible for McKinney-Vento Services.
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; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or campgrounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals. The definition includes migratory students who live in the aforementioned situations.
Local school liaisons must ensure that the parent or guardian of a homeless child or youth, or any unaccompanied homeless youth, is fully informed of all transportation services, including transportation to and from the school of origin, and is assisted in accessing transportation to the school selected in accordance with 42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(3) (A) [42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(6)(A)(vii)].
Local educational agencies (LEAs) must provide students experiencing homelessness with transportation to and from their schools of origin, if requested by a parent or guardian, or if requested by the local liaisons on behalf of an unaccompanied homeless youth [42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(1)( J)(iii)].
If the student’s temporary residence and the school of origin are in the same LEA, that LEA must provide or arrange the student’s transportation to and from the school of origin. If the student is living outside of the school of origin’s LEA, the LEA where the student is staying and the school of origin’s LEA must determine how to divide the responsibility and cost of providing transportation, or they must share the responsibility and cost equally [42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(1)( J)(iii)(II)].
In addition to providing transportation to the school of origin, LEAs must provide students in homeless situations with transportation services comparable to those provided to other students [42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(4)(A)].
To counteract the educational disruption caused by mobility, the McKinney-Vento Act provides students experiencing homelessness with the right to continue attending the school of origin or enroll in any public school that non-homeless students who live in the same attendance area are eligible to attend Fremont Community Schools.
Fremont Community Schools, in accordance with federal legislation, provides transportation to students experiencing homelessness by utilizing regular bus routes and contract services.
ELIGIBILITY: a student must be eligible for services under the McKinney-Vento Act to receive transportation.
REQUEST TRANSPORTATION: a parent/caregiver/youth can request transportation by contacting the child's school McKinney-Vento Liaison.
If approved, transportation is only required to be provided to and from a temporary residence and school. Any other request (ex. to and from a daycare) will need approval by the transportation department. A request should be submitted by the child's school McKinney-Vento Liaison.