Please complete this form if you (a student) or your child(ren) may qualify for supports through McKinney-Vento.
What is the McKinney-Vento Act?
The Maine Department of Education and Maine schools follow the provisions of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which aims to minimize the educational disruptions experienced by students experiencing housing instability. Students in temporary housing situations are guaranteed the right to a free, appropriate, public education. They can remain enrolled in the schools they have been attending even if they are temporarily staying out of the district but also have the right to enroll in their new school of residence. To minimize the risk of students missing school during periods of housing instability, enrollment should be immediate, even if families cannot provide typically required documents and immunization records right away. Schools must provide transportation for students who need it to attend school. McKinney-Vento protections apply to all public school students, pre-K through grade 12 who “lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence”, including children and youth:
Sharing housing due to loss of housing or economic hardship
Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate housing
Living in emergency or transitional housing
Abandoned in hospitals
Having a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, regular sleeping accommodations
Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations
Migratory students meeting the descriptions above
McKinney-Vento (for Educators)