MCKINNEY-VENTO HOMELESS ACT
Clarkdale-Jerome School District provides an educational environment that treats all students with dignity and respect. Every homeless student shall have access to the same free and appropriate educational opportunities as students who are not homeless. This commitment to the educational rights of homeless children, youth, and unaccompanied youth, applies to all services, programs, and activities provided or made available.
A student is eligible for services as a Homeless Child or Youth under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act if she or he is currenly living:
- In a shelter, temporary shared housing, or transitional living program
- In a hotel/motel, campground, or similar situation due to lack of alternatives
- At a bus station, park, car, or abandoned building
- In a temporary or transitional foster care placement
According to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act, eligible students have the right to:
- Immediate enrollment--documentation and immunization records cannot serve as a barrier to the enrollment in school.
- School selection--McKinney Vento eligible students have a right to select from the following schools:
- The school the student attended when permanently housed (school or origin)
- The school in which the student was last enrolled (school of origin)
- The school in the attendance area in which the student currently resides (school of residency)
- Remain enrolled in the student's school for the duration of homelessness, or until the academic year upon which she or he is permanently housed.
- Participate in programs for which they are eligible, including Title I, National School Lunch Program, Head Start, Even Start, etc.
- Transportation Services--a McKinney-Vento eligible student attending his or her school of origin has a right to transportation to and from the school of origin.
If you disagree with school officials about enrollment, transportation, or fair treatment of a homeless student, you may file a complaint with the school district. The school district must respond and attempt to resolve it in a timely manner. During the dispute, the student must be immediately enrolled in the school and provided transportation until the matter is resolved. The Homeless Liaison will assist you in making the decision, providing notice of any appeal process, and completing the dispute forms.
For more information, refer to AZ Department of Education Homeless
Stephanie Rice, Health Aide
Homeless Liaison, Clarkdale-Jerome School
1615 Main St., Clarkdale, AZ 86324
928-634-5035 or Stephanie Rice
Director of Homeless Education
Arizona Department of Education
1535 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85007
602-542-4963 or Silvia Chavez