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The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Caney Valley Public Schools provides all eligible students under this provision the equal opportunity to access educational services. Strict confidentiality procedures are followed.

A student who meets at least one of the following criteria is eligible:

  • The family lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence.
  • Shares the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardships, or similar reason(s).
  • Lives in a motel, hotel, trailer park, or on camping grounds due to lack of other housing.
  • Lives in an emergency or transitional shelter.
  • Has a primary nighttime residence that is not a place for regular sleeping arrangements.
  • Lives in a car, park, public place, abandoned building, or in substandard housing.

Caney Valley Public Schools’ Homeless liaison is:

       Mary Butterfield



The district’s Homeless Liaison’s duties include:

Works to prevent school difficulties by assisting homeless children/youth with their educational records.

Assists with immediate enrollment of homeless children/youth, including obtaining academic and medical records.

Disseminates public notice of the educational rights of homeless children/youth, including guidelines of the McKinney Vento Act.

Serves as district liaison with community agencies and services.

Prohibits the segregation of homeless children and youth.

The following are some of the services that could be provided:

  • Enrollment assistance
  • School clothing assistance
  • School supplies/backpacks
  • Free breakfast/lunch
  • Hygiene items
  • Transportation to/from school of origin
  • School program fees and dues
  • ACT/SAT fees
  • Community referrals