McKinney-Vento Act Provides for Immediate Enrollment and Free Meals for Displaced Students Without School Records
The State Education Department today issued guidance to school districts regarding the rights of students displaced by the recent natural disasters, as well as the services available to these children. Students who are temporarily displaced due to disaster are likely protected by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, a federal law that details the educational rights of students in temporary housing. Under the McKinney-Vento Act, students in temporary housing can enroll immediately in a school in the district where they are temporarily living even if they do not have the documents normally needed or missed enrollment deadlines. In addition, these displaced children are eligible for free school meals, Title 1 services, and services to support students with disabilities and English language learners.