Welcome Chatham County Schools Community! You have found our McKinney Vento Program. Chatham County Schools sets to create an education system where a students living situation will never undermine the abilities of said student/family to propser. Staff members are here to support YOU and YOUR needs.
Parents/Family/Guardians/Students: If you find you fit the below categories and want to ensure your rights please contact Crystal Carroll at (919)-548-4445. All conversations are confidential and will only be told (once qualified) to those that can best help within your enrolled school.
Chatham County School Staff: If you know of a student who fits the categories please fill out the following form. Please give up to 24 hours for a direct response via email. If you have more questions or would like a McKinney Vento training for your staff please email email@example.com with your request.
Qualifying for McKinney Vento Rights: Do these circumstances fit your experience?
The most universal understanding is that McKinney Vento is for: children or youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence!
- Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason.
- Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations.
- Living in emergency or traditional shelters.
- Living in a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
- Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings
What is the McKinney Vento Act and what does it provide:
- Each state educational agency shall ensure that each child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth have equal access to free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as provided to other children and youths.
- In any state that has a compulsory residency requirement as a component of the State’s compulsory school attendance laws or other laws, regulations, practices, or policies, that may act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance or success in school of homeless children and youths, the State will review and undertake steps to revise such laws, regulations, practices or policies to ensure that homeless children and youths are afforded the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other and youths.
- Homelessness alone is not sufficient reason to separate students from the mainstream school environment.
- Homeless children and youths should have access to the education and other services that such children and youths need to ensure that such children and youths have an opportunity to meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards to which all students are held.
To obtain more information about services provided to homeless youth and how to access services,
please contact Chatham County School's McKinney-Vento liaison Crystal Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 548-4445
The Chatham County Schools Executive Director of Federal Programs and School Improvement is Carrie Little. Reach her at email@example.com or 919-542-3626
The McKinney-Vento state coordinator is Lisa Phillips. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.