The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. McKinney-Vento provides federal funding to states for the purpose of supporting district programs that serve homeless students.
The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children as "individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence." The act provides examples of children who would fall under this definition:
Children and youth sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason
Children and youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations
Children and youth living in emergency or transitional shelters
Children and youth abandoned in hospitals
Children and youth awaiting foster care placement
Children and youth whose primary nighttime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc)
Children and youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations
Migratory children and youth living in any of the above situations
October was Bullying Prevention Month Nationally:
I spent the month going into the classrooms to do bullying prevention lessons. Everyone learned how to Recognize, Report, and Refuse Bullying. They also learned what it meant to be a bystander and how a bystander has a lot of power to help stop bullying. We did many practice scenarios in the classrooms. There were a few "home links" that I sent with students. Hope you got to see them and help your child practice. On October 31st, we encouraged everyone to wear orange to support anti-bullying. We also asked them to sign an Anti-Bullying pledge if they wanted.