The importance of a stable, quality education in the life of a homeless child is immeasurable. Bloomington Public Schools ensures the provision of educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (click here for more information regarding this act).
Who is considered homeless?
A homeless individual is someone who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.
This includes anyone who, due to a lack of housing, lives:
In emergency or transitional shelters.
In motels, hotels, trailer parks, campgrounds, abandoned in hospitals, awaiting foster care.
In cars, parks, public places, bus or train stations, abandoned buildings.
Doubled up with relatives or friends.
Migratory children living in these conditions.
What rights do homeless children have?
To go to school, no matter where the child lives or how long the child has lived there.
Continue in the school they attended before becoming homeless or the school last attended, if that is the choice and is feasible.
Receive transportation to the school attended before becoming homeless or the school last attended if requested by the parent/guardian.
Attend a school and participate in programs with children who are not homeless.
Enroll in school without giving a permanent address.
Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other documents required for enrollment.
Receive the same special programs and services (e.g., preschool, free or reduced school meals, ESL, special education, Title I, gifted and talented services, vocational/technical education, and before-and after-school care), if needed, as provided to all other children served in these programs.
With questions or to learn if you or your child are eligible for services through the district, please contact Julie Campanelli, Bloomington Public Schools Homeless Education Liaison, at 952-681-6510 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.