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Students Experiencing Homelessness

Children and youth experiencing homelessness encounter many challenges in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school. Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act, reauthorized in 2015 by Title IX, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (42 U.S.C. § 11431 et seq.), is a Federal law that addresses the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness.

District Liaison: Chris Champlin, CChamplin@Griswoldpublicschools.org, 860-376-7650

GES Liaison: Kelsey Best, KBest@Griswoldpublicschools.org, 860-376-7610

GMS Liaison: Karen Scholl, KScholl@Griswoldpublicschools.org, 860-376-7630

GHS/GAS Liaison: Penny Avalos, PAvalos@Griswoldpublicschools.org, 860-376-7640

MCKINNEY-VENTO DEFINITION OF HOMELESS: The term “homeless children and youth”—

A. means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence…;

and B. includes — i. children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals;

ii. children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings…;

iii. children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings; and iv. migratory children…who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in clauses (i) through (iii).