Mckinney-Vento Act



        The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children and youth as children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including;

  • Children and youth who share housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason;
  • Children and youth that live in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camp grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
  • Children and youth that live in emergency or transitional shelters under social services;
  • Children and youth that are abandoned in hospitals; or
  • Children and youth that are waiting for foster care placement.
  • Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designated for, or ordinarily used as, regular sleeping accommodations for humans.
  • Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, or similar settings.
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.

        If you are personally aware of or are acquainted with any children who may qualify according to the above criteria, the Red Mesa Unified School District #27 provides the following assurances to parents of homeless children:

  • All educational opportunities and related opportunities for homeless students, including unaccompanied youth, shall be the same as for the general student population.
  • Enrollment and transportation rights, including transportation to the school.
  • A fair opportunity to attend school in a positive learning environment.
  • Meaningful opportunities for parents to participate in the education of their children. These shall include special school events, parent-teacher conferences, newsletters, and access to student records.

You may contact (928)656-4121,  for the Red Mesa Unified School District, for additional information about homeless issues.