The Blaine County Homeless Education Program ensures that students who lack a regular or adequate place of residence are provided a free public education. This includes educational services that provide for an equal opportunity to enroll in, attend, and be successful in school.
The Federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act was the first legislation by the United States to combat the homelessness of children and youth. Since 1987, the Act works to:
1. Define homelessness as:
- Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement.
- Children and youth 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.
- Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.
- Migratory children who qualify as homeless because the children are living in circumstances as described above.
2. Ensure a free, appropriate public education and meaningful opportunities for children/youth experiencing homelessness to succeed in school.
3. Strive to eliminate barriers that delay or prevent access to public education so that students are able to participate fully in school activities and have equal access to all educational programs and services for which they are eligible.
For more information, please visit our brochures, district documents and powerpoint below.