McKinney-Vento Liaison

Jana Murphy, Director of Special Education and McKinney-Vento Liaison


What is the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

The Maine Department of Education and Maine schools follow the provisions of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which aims to minimize the educational disruptions experienced by homeless students.

Homeless students are guaranteed the right to a free, appropriate, public education. They can remain enrolled in the schools they have been attending even if they are temporarily staying out of district but also have the right to enroll in their new school of residence.  To minimize the risk of students missing school during periods of housing instability, enrollment should be immediate, even if families cannot provide typically required documents and immunization records right away. Schools must provide transportation for students who need it in order to attend school.