The federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. It is designed to help expedite the school enrollment of homeless children and youth. State and local educational agencies must ensure that homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free public education as is provided to other children and youth. All educational agencies must review and revise any practices or policies that may act as barriers to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youth.
The Flagler County School District receives grant funding from the Florida Department of Education to assist with compliance of the McKinney-Vento Act. The grant provides funding for a district level homeless education liaison that has the primary responsibility for the implementation of the grant and coordination of all its components. Two informative resource guides to area/national services for the homeless, What Families Need to Know about Homelessness and Public Education and Finding Your Way, have been developed and distributed to the schools in printed version (English and Spanish). The brochures are available in the Information for Parents section below.
Who is Defined as Homeless?
Homeless children and youth mean those individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.
The term includes:
sharing housing due to loss of housing or economic hardship;
living in motels, hotels, camping grounds, or dilapidated trailers
due to lack of alternative housing;
living in emergency or transitional housing;
living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard
housing, or bus and train stations;
abandoned in hospitals;
living in a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular place to sleep; and
migrant students, living in a situation described above.
Upon identification of a student who appears to meet the definition as described above, school personnel should refer to the registrar for updated coding. Every effort should be made by all school personnel to properly identify homeless children and youth and connect them with appropriate personnel and/or services that best meet their needs.
Dr. Pamela Jackson-Smith
District Families in Transition FIT Liaison
Flagler County Public Schools
Office of Student Services
1769 E. Moody Blvd, Bldg 2
Phone: 386-437-7526 x3124
Websites for Information
Florida Coalition for the Homeless
Florida Department of Children & Families
National Coalition for the Homeless
Florida Department of Education-Title I