The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a federal law that provides educational supports and services for students experiencing homelessness. Attending school and accessing supplies and/or school-sponsored activities may be difficult during a time of transition or while living in temporary housing. The purpose of the McKinney-Vento Act is to support school access, school stability and academic success for students residing in transitional living situations.
Chesterfield County Public Schools will ensure that all students who are experiencing homelessness shall have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youth and are given meaningful opportunities to succeed in school. Homeless children and youth shall not be stigmatized or segregated on the basis of their status as homeless.
Students may be eligible for McKinney-Vento supports and services if they are living in the following situations:
Under the McKinney-Vento Act, there are specific rights that a student has:
To assist families during this time of transition, McKinney-Vento packets of information are available at all Chesterfield County schools. For further assistance, contact the McKinney-Vento support specialist at 639-8713.