Allegheny Valley provides a free and appropriate public education for all homeless children and youth outlined by the information below and School
Board Policy #251.
In 1987, Congress passed the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to aid homeless persons. The Act defines the term "homeless children and youths"
as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The Act explicitly includes within the definition of "homeless
children and youths" those who are "awaiting foster care placement."
The categories of children who are defined as "homeless" and who are entitled to the protections under the McKinney-Vento Assistance Act are as follows:
Under thePennsylvania Education for Homeless Children and Youth State Plan, homeless children are defined as:
The McKinney-Vento Act states that it is the policy of Congress that state educational agencies shall ensure that each child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as provided to other children and youths. 42 USCA § 11431. Specifically, 42 USCA § 11432(g)(3)(A) indicates that the local educational agency shall according to the child’s best interest:
The Federal mandate is to ensure that homeless children and youth have access to free appropriate public education on an equal basis with other children. Children who are homeless, including those living with others, may qualify for assistance with school lunch, with school supplies/materials, with tutoring,and with transportation so that they can remain in their school of origin. Additional information may be found on the Education for Homeless Youth Basic Education Circular (BEC).
Questions regarding the District’s Homeless Initiative can be referred to the: Dr. Janice Nuzzo, Director of Student Achievement and McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison, at 724-274-5300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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