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The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is the federal law that entitles students who are homeless to a free, appropriate public education and requires schools to remove barriers to their enrollment, attendance and success in school. The Juniata County School District is committed to providing quality education for all students. This includes providing additional assistance to those children who are experiencing homelessness.

Definition of Homelessness:

Lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; or

Having a nighttime residence that is a shelter, temporary institutional residence, makeshift arrangements in someone else’s home, or a place not designed for human accommodations.

Homeless Students’ Rights:

Free and appropriate public education;

Services comparable to those offered to non-homeless children and youth, including transportation;

Choice to remain in their school of origin or transfer to a school in their current attendance area;

Enrollment in school despite lack of permanent address or lack of school records.

Parents’ Rights to the Education of Their Children:

You do not need a permanent address to enroll your child in school.

You have a choice of school placement. Your child may remain at the same school he or she attended before becoming homeless, or enroll at the school serving the attendance area where you are receiving temporary shelter.

Your homeless child cannot be denied school enrollment just because school records or other enrollment documentation is not immediately available.

Your child has the right to participate in all extracurricular activities and all federal, state or local programs for which your child is eligible, including food programs; before- and after-school programs; vocational education; Title I; and other programs for gifted, talented and disadvantaged learners.

Your child has a right to transportation services to and from school.

Your child cannot be isolated or separated from the mainstream school environment solely due to homelessness.

If you do not agree with the educational placement of your child, you and your child have the right to receive prompt resolution of any dispute.

For more information or assistance, please contact:

JCSD Homeless Liaison, Christie Holderman, 717-436-2111, cholderman@jcsdk12.org, or

JCSD Homeless Support, Polly Digon, 717-436-2111, pdigon@jcsdk12.org.

PDE Homeless Education