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MES Guidance Staff
McKinney-Vento Homeless Act

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.

Defining Homeless
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.