Homeless Children & Youth
"A homeless child or youth means an individual who lacks fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and includes; youth that are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing or economic hardship; living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to lack of adequate accommodations; living in emergency or transitional shelters; or abandoned in hospitals or are awaiting foster care placement."~McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Calhoun ISD is committed to helping our students who are experiencing homelessness through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grant. Each public school district and academy has a Homeless Liaison who assists their students and families with enrollment, academic support, and ongoing needs. The Calhoun ISD McKinney-Vento Coordinator provides assistance, training and support to the local liaisons within our constituent districts and public school academies.
Children and Youth in Kindergarten - 12th grade and children in state and federal funded preschool programs have the right to:
* receive a free, appropriate public education
* enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents that are normally required
* enroll in the local school or continue at their school of origin (determined by the best interest of the student)
* receive transportation to / from school of origin if needed
* eligibility for federal breakfast and lunch programs
* receive educational services comparable to other children, according to their individual needs
Children & Youth experiencing homelessness should contact their School District's Homeless Liaison for eligibility and support.
Homeless Education - Michigan Department of Education