Homeless Families

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Peggy Jadack, Director of Pupil Services
(608) 366-3456

If, due to a lack of housing, you must live in a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground, on the street, in abandoned buildings or trailers, or doubled-up with relatives or friends, then according to the McKinney-Vento Act you are considered homeless.

Your children have the right to:

  • Go to school, no matter where you live or how long you have lived there.
  • Continue in the school they last attended before you became homeless or the school they last attended, if that is your choice and feasible.
  • Receive transportation to the school they last attended before your family became homeless or the school they last attended, if you or a guardian requests such transportation
  • Attend a school and participate in school programs with children who are not homeless
  • Enroll in school without giving a permanent address.
  • Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other documents required for enrollment.
  • Enroll and attend classes in the school of your choice while the school and you seek to resolve a dispute over enrolling your child.
  • Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other children served in these programs.
  • Receive transportation to school and to school programs.

At School, ask about these Special Services:

  • Free breakfast and lunch programs
  • Free transportation services
  • Special transportation for children to remain in their home school
  • Special Education programs, especially if the student has previously received Special Education services
  • Tutoring programs
  • Programs to help children learn English
  • Gifted or talented programs
  • Summer school programs
  • Pre-School programs
  • After-School Programs
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