Homeless Children & Youths

Homeless Children

Homelessness Defined

In July of 1987 President Ronald Reagan signed into federal law the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act guarantees the educational rights of children and youth who are homeless regardless of whether they are living with parents, guardians or are on their own.

Homeless children and youth in the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act are defined as individuals who do not have a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and includes:

  • Children and youth who share the housing of others such as friends or relatives as a result of the loss of their housing, economic hardship or because they cannot find or afford housing.
  • Children and youth living in motels, hotels, temporary trailers or campgrounds, emergency or transitional shelters, have been abandoned in hospitals or are waiting for foster care placement.
  • Children and youth whose primary nighttime residence is a public or private space that was not designed for or is used as a sleeping accommodation for human beings.
  • Children and youth who live in cars, parks, public spaces, on the streets, in abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar types of settings.
  • Some migratory children and youth may qualify as homeless because they are living in the circumstances listed above.

Anyone can experience homelessness whether temporary or long term. The District has resources available to help homeless students adjust and achieve academic success.

Children and youth who are homeless have the right to:

  • Go to school. These children must be given the same access to a public education as all other students.
  • Continue their education in the school they attended before they became homeless or the school they last attended.
  • Receive transportation to the school last attended before becoming homeless or the school last attended, if transportation is requested.
  • Go to a school and participate in school programs with other students who are not homeless.
  • Enroll in a school without providing a permanent address. 
  • Enroll and attend classes while the school is requesting or waiting for records or documents from a previous school.
  • Enroll and attend classes in the school of their choice while a conflict regarding enrollment is being settled.
  • If needed receive the same special programs and services provided all other students.
  • Receive transportation to and from school

St. Croix Central Homeless Children and Youths Procedures

It is the policy of the St. Croix Central School District Board of Education to ensure that homeless children and youth are provided with equal access to its educational programs, have an opportunity to meet the same challenging State of Wisconsin academic standards, are not segregated on the basis of their status as homeless, and to establish the safeguards that protect homeless students from discrimination.  To find out more information, click HERE.

Homeless Liaison

If you or anyone you know, is experiencing homelessness and has a student enrolled or eligible to be enrolled in the St. Croix Central School District, please contact the Homeless Liaison, 715-749-3119 or speak with the school’s enrollment secretary.

Homeless Youth Paperwork

SCC Food for Kids Backpack Program

Voluntary Homeless Survey

Homeless School Selection and Barrier Identification Form


Community Resources

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction: Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program http://dpi.wi.gov/homeless

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth http://www.naehcy.org

National Center for Homeless Education http://www.serve.org/nche

National Coalition for the Homeless http://www.nationalhomeless.org/

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