Families In Transition

Families In Transition

Who is defined as homeless?


Homeless children and youth mean those individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

The federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. It is designed to help expedite the school enrollment of homeless children and youth. State and local educational agencies must ensure that homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free public education as is provided to other children and youth. All educational agencies must review and revise any practices or policies that may act as barriers to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youth.

The Flagler County School District receives grant funding from the Floridafit logo Department of Education to assist with compliance of the McKinney-Vento Act. The grant provides funding for a district level homeless education liaison that has the primary responsibility for the implementation of the grant and coordination of all its components. Two informative resource guides to area/national services for the homeless, What Families Need to Know about Homelessness and Public Education and Finding Your Way, have been developed and distributed to the schools in printed version (English and Spanish).

Upon identification of a student who appears to meet the definition as described above, school personnel should refer to the registrar for updated coding. Every effort should be made by all school personnel to properly identify homeless children and youth and connect them with appropriate personnel and/or services that best meet their needs.

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