children have a right to a free, appropriate, public education. The
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act of 2001. (Public Law 107-110).
“Homeless children and youths means individuals who lack a fixed,
regular, nighttime residence.” Homeless students have the right to
enroll in school immediately. Parents can request continued
enrollment in the school prior to becoming homeless or at the local
school for the current residence. Each school has a contact person
to assist with enrollment of homeless students.
Read about enrolling a Homeless Student here.
Students are considered Homeless if they
lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime
This may include:
with another person due to loss of housing or economic hardship
motels, hotels, camp ground, street, cars, abandoned buildings or
other public spaces
emergency or transitional shelters
Foster Youth in
emergency shelters and/ or awaiting foster care placement
migratory workers living in any of the circumstances described
NOTE: Each school has a designated Homeless Contact who
will assist with homeless enrollment. Please contact the specific
school to find out this information.
As a homeless parent you have the
right to decide whether your child should:
The student can stay in the chosen school for as long as the student
is homeless, or until the end of the school year, if the student becomes
It is up to the parent to decide which school is in the child's best
interest. The decision should take into consideration factors such as:
Continuity of instruction
Length of stay in your current location
Time and distance to transport your child to
and from school.
How will my child get
Anne Arundel County Public Schools will provide transportation for
homeless children and youth who choose to attend their school of
origin, or to the school in the neighborhood where they reside,
unless the school is within the defined walking area.
To obtain transportation you should ask the homeless coordinator
at the school. There is a form you can fill out to ask for
transportation. Transportation arrangements may change if you move
to a temporary address or when you become permanently housed.
What do I need to enroll my
child in school?
Homeless children and youth have the right to be enrolled
in school without delay. If records such as birth
certificate, immunization or school records are unavailable,
your child will still be enrolled.
What resources are
The Homeless Liaison at the school or the Homeless
Coordinator at the Board of Education can help! We can
assist you in the following areas:
School meal programs
Waiver of school fees
Accessing additional services such as special
education and gifted and talented programs
Providing referrals to other agencies that can help
with food, clothing and medical assistance.
A parent may appeal decisions regarding their child's
education. You may appeal decisions regarding school
enrollment, transportation or waiver of fees. Appeals must
be made in writing using the Appeal Form to the Homeless