Educational Rights of Homeless Children

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  • 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.
Last Modified on February 28, 2018