McKinney-Vento/Texas Education of Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY)
Who is Homeless?
Individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youths who:
- are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
- are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations
- are living in emergency or transitional shelters
- are abandoned in hospitals
- have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
- are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings
- migratory children living in the circumstances previously described
Homeless Children and Youth are guaranteed the following:
- The right to immediate enrollment in school, even if lacking paperwork normally required for enrollment.
- The right to attend school in his/her school of origin (if this is requested by the parent and is feasible) or in the school in the attendance area where the family or youth is currently residing.
- Automatic eligibility for any nutrition services available at the school.
- The right to receive transportation to his/her school of origin, if this is requested by the parent and is feasible.
- The right to services comparable to those received by housed schoolmates, including transportation and supplemental educational services.
- The right to attend school along with children not experiencing homelessness. Segregation based on a student's status as homeless is strictly prohibited.
- The posting of homeless students' rights in all schools and other places around the community.
2020-2021 Engaging Highly Mobile & At-Risk Students
TEA has released guidance on Engaging Highly Mobile and At-Risk Students for the 2020-2021 school year. The guide includes information regarding:
- Utilizing District Reporting and Data for Strategic Planning
- Mitigating Transitional Barriers to Support Academic Achievement
- Uncontactable Students | Drop-Out Prevention and Invention
- Student Support Teams
- Home Visit Safety Procedures and Protocols
- Innovative Outreach Efforts
- Establishing Protocols for Concerns
- Effective Practices to Support Student Basic Needs
Click here to download the SY 2020-2021 Engaging Highly Mobile and At-Risk Guide.
Community & Mental Health Resources
- 211 Texas
- Aunt Bertha
- Texas Workforce Commission
- Goodwill North Texas Institute for Career Training and Services
- Mental Health TX.org
- MHMR of Tarrant County
- Tarrant County Homeless Coalition
- MHMR of Denton County
- Pecan Valley Centers (Counties served: Earth, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, and Somervell)
TEA / TEHCY Resources
ESC Region 11 Resources
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
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SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline
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