McKinney-Vento liaisons must ensure that:

  • Students in temporary housing are identified by school personnel through outreach and coordination activities with other entities and agencies;
  • Students in temporary housing are enrolled in and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed in school;
  • Families and students in temporary housing have access to and receive educational services for which they are eligible, including services through Head Start programs (including Early Head Start programs), early intervention services, and other preschool programs administered by the local educational agency;
  • Students and their families in temporary housing get referrals to health care services, dental services, mental health and substance abuse services, housing services, and other appropriate services;
  • Students and their families in temporary housing are informed of the educational and related opportunities available to their children and are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in their children’s education;
  • Public notices (for example, posters and brochures) with information about the educational rights of students in temporary housing is distributed where such students and their families are likely to see them or receive services, such as schools, family shelters, and soup kitchens;
  • Enrollment disputes are mediated;
  • The parents or guardians of students in temporary housing, and unaccompanied youth, are fully informed about the transportation services available to them, including transportation to the school of origin;
  • School personnel working with children and youth experiencing homelessness receive professional development and other support;
  • Unaccompanied homeless youth are enrolled in school;
  • Unaccompanied homeless youth are informed about their status as independent students for college financial aid and are given assistance to receive financial aid;
  • Unaccompanied homeless youth have opportunities to meet the same State academic achievement standards as other children and youth, and that the school district removes barriers that could prevent students in temporary housing from receiving partial or full credit for the coursework they may have completed at a prior school.

42 U.S.C. § 11432 (g)(6)(A)