Educational Rights of Homeless Children
Who are Homeless Children/Youth?
These are children and youth that lack a fixed, regular and adequate night time residence. This includes children who:
- Share housing with other individuals due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason
- Live in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations
- Live in emergency or transitional shelters
- Are abandoned in hospitals
- Have a primary nighttime residence that is not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
- Live in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings
- Are migratory children living in the aforementioned circumstances
- Are unaccompanied youth not in the physical custody of a parent/guardian
Educational Rights of Homeless
All homeless students are eligible for the following rights and services in all WPS schools:
- To attend school no matter where they live or how long they have lived there.
- Choice between their neighborhood school, the school they attended before they lost their housing, or the school where they were previously enrolled.
- Enrollment in a school without proof of residency, immunizations, school records or other documents.
- Transportation to and from school at a designated stop near their current residence.
- Free breakfast and lunch daily.
- Protection from harassment and isolation.
- Any other school services the student may need.