The McKinney-Vento Act mandates protections and services for children and youth who are homeless including those with disabilities. The 2004 reauthorization of IDEA also includes amendments that reinforce timely assessment, inclusion, and continuity of services for homeless children and youth who have disabilities.
ICSD Homeless Liaison
Student Residency Questionnaire
Individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes:
- Doubled up with another family. Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.
- Families living in a hotel or motel.
- Live in a shelter (emergency, domestic or transitional)
- Live in a car, park, campground or public place, abandoned buildings, substandard housing or similar settings.
- Live in a place without adequate facilities (running water, heat, electricity.) or a private or public place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
- students who seek enrollment without an accompanying parent, throwaways, children who are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement (not youth in foster care.)
Homeless children and youth are entitled to the same services that are available to other children in the district. Some services provided by Iron County School District to help children who qualify as homeless include:
- Free breakfast and lunch
- Help with hygiene
- Help with clothing
- Help with school supplies
- Immediate enrollment
- Reasonable transportation issues
Utah State Board of Education
USBE Student Advocacy Service Page
U.S. Department of Education
Part C: Education for Homeless Children and Youth