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NJUHSD McKinney-Vento Liaisons

Under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, each site is required by law to have a liaison who coordinates services related to the act. Families who are experiencing homelessness should reach out to their designated Homeless Education site liaison to inquire about services and programs that their child may qualify for.
 
Bear River High School - Nanci Smith 
Ghidotti Early College High School - Dominie Wilhite
Nevada Union High School - June Gilfillan 
North Point Academy - Karla Aaron 
Silver Springs High School - Bethany Williams 

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Homeless Youth Services -- McKinney-Vento

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act mandates that all local school districts have a homeless education liaison who ensures that:
  • Homeless children and youth are identified
  • Homeless students are immediately enrolled and attend school regardless of paperwork barriers (such as lack of address or proof of immunizations)
  • Homeless families, children, and youth receive all educational services for which they are eligible and have full and equal opportunity to succeed in school
  • Parents or guardians are informed of the educational opportunities available to their children
  • Homeless students have the right to remain in their school of origin (school attended when permanently housed or last enrolled) for the duration of their homelessness or until the end of the academic year in which they move into permanent housing
  • Unaccompanied youth are assisted in placement/enrollment decisions
  • Enrollment disputes are mediated
Schools should protect the dignity of families in transition by following the procedures established by their district under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, including confidentiality. 
 

When are Students Considered Homeless?

Many children and families who are eligible for help do not consider themselves homeless. According to the McKinney-Vento Homelessness Education Assistance Act, a family is considered homeless if living in any of the following situations: Lack a regular, fixed, and adequate nighttime residence including:

  • Living in a shelter, motel, or hotel
  • Living in an unsheltered residence– such as a car or park
  • Sharing housing (doubled-up or couch-surfing) due to economic hardship
  • Living in campgrounds due to lack of alternative accommodations
  • Unaccompanied children or youth (i.e. not in the physical custody of their parents or guardians)

Services NJUHSD May Be Able to Provide:

  • Assistance with gathering educational records from the last school attended
  • Referrals to community resources
  • Enrollment in Free and Reduced Lunch programs
  • Financial assistance for educational needs

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AB 1806 Lowered Graduation Requirements

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act) (42 U.S.C. § 11431-11435) is federal legislation that ensures the educational rights and protections of children and youths experiencing homelessness. It requires all local educational agencies (LEAs) to ensure that homeless students have access to the same free, appropriate public education, including public preschools, as provided to other children and youths. The McKinney-Vento Act defines LEAs as public school districts, direct-funded and locally funded charter schools, and county offices of education. The McKinney-Vento Act also authorizes the funding for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program.
 
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If a McKinney-Vento eligible student does not meet the criteria for the AB 1806 lowered graduation requirements, yet lacks a clear pathway to an NJUHSD diploma due to credits, a Personalized Education Plan (PEP) may be considered. The PEP may be considered for McKinney-Vento students who meet all of the lowered graduation requirements except "transfer after grade 10."