The faculty and staff at San Angelo ISD want all children enrolled and attending school! Yes, it’s the law, but more importantly we care about your child’s education and want to help them succeed. SAISD strives to assure that no child is excluded from a public education due to their living situation, experiencing homelessness, or poverty.
The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. McKinney-Vento provides federal funding to states for the purpose of supporting district programs that serve homeless students.
The McKinney-Vento program addresses the barriers that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Under this program, State educational agencies (SEAs) must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education—including a public preschool education—as other children and youth. School Districts must ensure homeless students have access to the services they are entitled to so they are empowered to achieve the same state academic standards required of all students.
Homeless children and youth should be integrated into the student body at large and may not be separated from the mainstream school environment. States and districts are required to review and undertake steps to revise laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youth.
The McKinney-Vento Act (Section 725) defines homeless children as "individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence." The act provides examples of children who would fall under this definition:
Unaccompanied youth include young people who have run away from home, been thrown out of their homes, or have been abandoned by parents. These young people are separated from their parents for a variety of reasons. For many of these young people, leaving home is a survival issue. Unaccompanied youth have the same rights as other students experiencing homelessness to enroll in, attend, and succeed in public school.
Young people experiencing homelessness live:
The McKinney-Vento Act provides your child with basic education rights such as:
The district and campus liaison’s serve as the primary contacts between homeless families and school staff, district personnel, shelter workers, and other service providers. The district and campus liaison’s coordinate services to ensure that homeless children and youth enroll in school and have the opportunity to succeed academically.
District and campus liaisons must ensure that:
San Angelo ISD is committed to serving the academic and social needs of our homeless students. We guarantee the following services for our identified students:
The student’s “school of origin” is the school that the student attended when permanently housed; or last school attended. This would also include feeder pattern schools. If the decision is made that remaining in the “school of origin” would be in the student’s best interest, transportation shall be provided. Factors for determining best interest include:
Coordination of funds is required between McKinney-Vento and Title I, Part A. Homeless children and youth are eligible to be served in Title I, Part A schools and non-Title I, Part A schools. School districts shall reserve the necessary funds to provide comparable Title I service to homeless children in non-Title I, Part A schools.
San Angelo ISD uses a portion of the Title I, Part A district reservation to support the needs of our identified homeless children and youth in all campuses. Title I, Part A funds are used to provide:
Upon the decision of school selection; the district liaison shall provide written notification of the following information:
Parents and guardians may assist their child by:
SAISD Board Policy Regarding Homeless Processes
Region 10 Education Service Center MV Homeless Statewide Initiative
The Texas Homeless Education Office
The Texas Homeless Education Office (THEO) is committed to ensuring that all Texas children in homeless situations have the opportunity to enroll in, attend, and succeed in school.
THEO can be reached toll-free at: 1-800-446-3142.
Texas Homeless Network
Texas Homeless Network (THN) is a non-profit membership-based organization helping Texas communities prevent and end homelessness.
Texans in need can dial 2-1-1 or visit online to find help locally.
The National Center for Homeless Education
The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) is the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance and information center in the area of homeless education.
For more information on the McKinney-Vento Act and homeless services, contact:
Director of Student Services
SAISD Homeless Liaison