Supports are available under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.
If you and your family live in any of the following situations you may qualify for assistance:
- In a shelter, motel room, vehicle or campground
- Double up with friends or relatives because you cannot find or afford housing
- On the street
- In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations
A child or youth living in a homeless situation has a right to:
- Go to school, no matter where you live or how long you have lived there. You must be given access to the same public education provided to other students.
- Continue in the school you attended before you became homeless or the school you last attended, to the extent feasible and as determined to be in the best interest of the child. The school district's local liaison for homeless education must assist you, if needed, and offer you the right to appeal a decision regarding your choice of school if it goes against your wishes.
- Receive transportation to the school you attended before you became homeless or the school you last attended, if you request such transportation, to the extent feasible and as determined to be in the best interest of the child.
- Attend a school and participate in school programs with students who are not homeless. Students cannot be separated from the regular school program because they are homeless.
- Enroll in school without giving a permanent address. Schools cannot require proof of residency that might prevent or delay school enrollment.
- Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school immunization records or other documents required for enrollment.
- Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other student served in these programs.
- Receive transportation to school and to school programs.
When you move, you should do the following:
- Contact the school district's local homeless/transition education liaison for help in enrolling in a new school or arranging to continue in your former school.
- Homeless Education Liaisons for the Farmington School District
- District Liaison - Use this contact to dispute a determination regarding placement or education of a homeless student
- Valley View Community School (Gds. PK-3)
- Henry Wilson Memorial School (Gds. 4-8)
- Farmington High School (Gds. 9-12)
- Tell your teachers anything that you think they need to know to help you in school.
- Ask the local homeless liaison, the shelter provider, or a social worker for assistance with clothing and supplies, if needed.