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Children and youth who experience homelessness have the right to receive a free, appropriate public education, ensured by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001. This law requires schools to remove barriers to enrollment, attendance and success for homeless students.
- in a transitional, domestic, emergency shelter, or a youth shelter
- in a motel, hotel, or campground due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations.
- temporarily living with friends or family members because housing was lost.
- in the community -- living in a car, on the street, or in an abandoned building.
- staying with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship.
- receive a no-cost and appropriate public education
- stay in school and attend school currently being attended
- enroll in school without a permanent address, immunizations, or records
- get school meals at no cost
- be provided transportation to school
- receive other educational services