Red Clay is committed to minimizing educational disruptions experienced by students who are experiencing homelessness.
Our district adheres to the provisions of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
Under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, students experiencing homelessness are guaranteed the right to a free, appropriate, public education.
When students become homeless, they can remain enrolled in the schools they have been attending, although they might no longer meet residency requirements.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act also guarantees students who are experiencing homelessness the right to enroll in a public school even if they lack the typically required documents and immunizations. In addition, students who are experiencing homelessness are guaranteed the transportation they need to attend school.
According to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, "homeless" can be defined as an individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth who are:
- Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate housing
- Living in emergency or transitional housing
- Abandoned in hospitals
- Awaiting foster care
- Having a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for regular sleeping accommodations
- Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations
- Migratory students meeting the descriptions above
For questions about educational services for children and youth who are experiencing homelessness, contact April Anderson, District Liaison for Homeless Education, at 302-552-3714.