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Transitions Program

McKinney-Vento Education Act

Parent Information








What qualifies a student for services?





Children who temporarily lives:

  • in a shelter, transitional shelter, motel campground, abandoned in a hospital, or awaiting foster care,
  • in a car, park, public place, bus, train or abandoned building,
  • in doubled up situations with friends or relatives because you cannot find or afford housing., or
  • with an adult who is not a parent or guardian, or alone with friends.


What are the rights of  students under this law?

  • Immediate enrollment even if parents don’t have required documents like ID, proof of address, immunizations, birth certificate, social security card and other items.
  • School selection
  • Transportation services
  • Cannot be separated from the general population of students due to their housing situation.


School Enrollment:

  • Eligible students must be enrolled within two days even if documentation is not available.
  • Eligibility immediately qualifies a student for Early Childhood Education


School Selection:

          The parent/guardian has the right to school selection.  A parent may 
          choose from the following:

  1. The school the child attended when permanently housed (school of origin) or the school in which the student was last enrolled; or
  2. The school in which the child is temporarily residing.

Enrollment Dispute: 

  • If a parent’s decision of school enrollment/selection is not granted, the parent may initiate the dispute resolution process.
  • The parent/guardian must be provided with a written explanation by the campus of the school’s decision (F1-J), including the right to appeal.  The family must be referred to the Transitions Program for assistance.
  • Pending the resolution of the dispute, your child must be immediately enrolled to the school in which you are seeking enrollment
  • If the child is unaccompanied (not living with parent or guardian), the same dispute process is applicable to the student.



  • Students who are eligible for transportation to their school of origin are those that live 2 or more miles away from the school.
  • VIA bus tickets will be provided to the parent for school attendance until the school bus schedule is available.
  • VIA semester passes are available to students who are able to navigate the metro system on their own.


Important Information:

  • Each campus has a Contact Person who can provide assistance for any eligible student.
  • If a child/youth is unaccompanied (not living with a parent or guardian) the student can enroll him/herself.