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McKinney Vento Act Homeless Students

McKinney-Vento Act (Homeless Students)

Kutztown Area School District provides the following Annual Notice to parents and guardians of Kutztown Area School District students in accordance with the regulations set forth by the McKinney-Vento Act (Homeless Students).

KASD Homeless Information (McKinney-Vento Act)

The McKinney–Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act guarantees a free and appropriate public education for all homeless children and youth. B.E.C. 42 U.S.C. 11431 outlines procedures for deciding school placement, enrolling students, and determining responsibility.

What is the definition of a “homeless youth” under McKinney-Vento? 

“Homeless” is defined as “anyone lacking a fixed, adequate, regular nighttime residence.” 

What situations fit this definition?  

  • Staying in the home of other people due to unavailable housing, financial hardship, or similar circumstances  
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks (in some instances – examples: leaking roof, no heat, etc.), public places, or campgrounds due to unavailable suitable housing option  
  • Living in an emergency shelter or transitional housing  
  • Unaccompanied (not living in direct care of legal parent or guardian) or runaway youth  
  • Refugee and migrant youth 

How does McKinney-Vento help these students? 

The law makes sure that these students receive a free and suitable public education by removing barriers to school enrollment and full, basic, daily participation in school activities. This includes:  

  • Immediate enrollment
  • Free and Reduced School Lunch
  • Help from school with any necessary enrollment documents
  • Help from school setting up transportation service (if the student qualifies)
  • Help from school with getting basic uniform clothing  
  • Help from school with basic school supplies  
  • Help from school with any basic clothing needs 

McKinney Vento Notice

Berks County Intermediate Unit Region 2 

BCIU Region 2 Spanish

Board Policy 251 - Homelessness