Homeless Student Information
The federal law includes the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program that entitles children who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence to a free, appropriate education and requires schools to remove barriers to their enrollment, attendance and success in school. The McKinney-Vento Program meets the needs of homeless students attending Pitt County Schools by addressing academic challenges and family issues affecting their success in school.
Examples of living situations that may qualify include, but are not limited to:
- Living with a friend, relative or other person/family because of a loss of housing
- Staying in a motel or hotel because of a loss of housing or fleeing domestic violence
- Living in an emergency shelter, transitional housing or domestic violence shelter
- Living in a car, park or public place, abandoned building or bus station
- Living temporarily in substandard housing
- Living in a campground or an inadequate trailer home
- Living in a runaway or homeless youth shelter; run away youth
- Youth living on their own, even if their families want them to come home
Eligible children have the right to:
- Receive a free, appropriate public education.
- Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.
- Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents.
- Enroll in the local school; or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is your preference. * If the school district believes that the school you select is not in the best interest of your children, then the district must provide you with a written explanation of its position and inform you of your right to appeal its decision.
- Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if you request this.
- Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to your children’s needs.
Services provided include immediate enrollment, school selection promoting stability, nutrition and academic support. McKinney-Vento services are only provided for the duration of a school year and do not automatically renew. School Social Workers assess for eligibility. To obtain more information about services provided and how to access services, please contact the School Social Worker at the appropriate school.
In the past three years, Pitt County Schools has provided McKinney-Vento services to the following number of students:
- 2015/16 School Year - 183 students
- 2016/17 School Year - 287 students
- 2017/18 School Year - 264 students
- 2018/19 School Year - 337 students
PCS Homeless Student Liasons
Cassandra L. Campbell, Lead School Social Worker
(252) 917-1017 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Harrington, Director of Student Services
(252) 695-7925 | email@example.com