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Should school divisions comply with the McKinney-Vento Act during the COVD-19 school opening phases?

Yes. Students experiencing homelessness continue to have educational rights under the McKinney-Vento Act as schools prepare to reopen. Liaisons should continue to identify enrolling students, as well as students already enrolled in the school division who lose their housing, and these students should be flagged in the student record collection system. As students experiencing homelessness move, they continue to have the right to remain enrolled in the current school and receive services. Remaining in the school of origin is the preferred option for serving students under McKinney-Vento; however, if a parent or guardian or unaccompanied homeless youth wishes to enroll in the local school for the current attendance zone, the McKinney-Vento Act requires immediate enrollment and services comparable to those other students are receiving should be provided. If the school division disagrees with the enrollment, the student should be immediately enrolled and the dispute process, including the provision of written notice, should be observed.

Further, the McKinney-Vento Act requires school divisions to review policies and remove barriers posed by those policies for students experiencing homelessness. Schools are encouraged to consult their homeless liaisons as reopening plans are developed to ensure any potential barriers the processes may create for these students are identified and addressed. Project HOPE-VA will continue to conduct virtual check ins with liaisons throughout the summer that include practices to assist with implementation of McKinney-Vento during this crisis, and minutes from the meetings are provided to all liaisons. Questions can be directed to Dr. Patricia A. Popp at homlss@wm.edu. 

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