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Rights of Homeless Students

Rights of Homeless Students

Schools are required to notify parents of homeless children (and unaccompanied youth) of the following rights:

· The availability of a local district staff person as a liaison for homeless children.

· Immediate enrollment and school participation, even if educational and medical records and proof of residency are not available.

· The availability of educational opportunities and related opportunities for homeless students (preschool to age 21), including unaccompanied youth.

· Enrollment and transportation rights, including transportation to the school of origin. “School of origin” is defined as the school the child attended when permanently housed or when last enrolled.

· Written explanation of why a homeless child is placed other than in a school of origin or school requested by the parent, with the right to appeal within the local dispute resolution process.

· Meaningful opportunities for parents to participate in the education of their children.

New York State Rights of Homeless Students Website

McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison:
Timothy Russo
(631) 912-2009

Foster Care Liaison

Foster Care Liaison:
Timothy Russo
(631) 912-2009