HOMELESSNESS IN FWSU
Who Should I Contact?
If you are experiencing homelessness or believe you would qualify for support under the McKinney Vento Act, we can help. Each building in FWSU has a homeless designee:
In addition, please reach out directly to your child's counselor or classroom teacher and they can help direct you to where you need to go.
Rights of Eligible Children and Youth
Read More: https://education.vermont.gov/student-support/federal-programs/homeless-education
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act guarantees educational rights and supports for students experiencing homelessness. In general, McKinney-Vento eligible students have a right to:
Equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including public preschool education, as is provided to other children and youth [42 U.S.C. §11431(1)
Immediate enrollment, even when records normally required for enrollment are not present [42 U.S.C. §11432(g)(3)(C)]
Remain in the school of origin, if it is in the student’s best interest, in order to maintain educational stability [42 U.S.C. §11432 (g)(3)(A)]
Access all educational and related services for which they are eligible [42 U.S.C. §11432(g)(6)(A)(iii)], including Title I services and free school meals
Full participation in school, which may include participation in extracurricular activities [42 U.S.C. §11432(g)(1)(F)(iii)]
Transportation, provided by the LEA, to and from the school of origin [42 U.S.C. §11432(g)(1)(J)(iii)]
Resources & Technical Assistance
National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE): NCHE provides research, data, and technical assistance to support educators and service providers in addressing the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness.
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY): NAEHCY provides technical assistance and best-practice implementation strategies to support educators, administrators, service providers, parents and youth.
SchoolHouse Connection Q&A: SchoolHouse Connection is a national non-profit organization that engages in policy advocacy and provides technical assistance and resources to educators, service providers, families, and youth. Above is the link to the searchable FAQ featuring actual questions from educators, service providers, and the public about the education of students experiencing homelessness.
Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs – Vermont Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs
Community Action Agencies – Vermont Agency of Human Services
Head Start and Early Head Start Programs – Use the Head Start Locator
Frequently Requested Resources
Internal Use - Making a Referral
If you are a FWSU faculty or staff member and believe that one of our students is homeless, please make a confidential referral to the School-based Homeless designee in your building by completing the form linked below. The Homeless designee will work with the family and a small group of the student's school team to make a plan to best support the student.