Family Services Staff
Family Services Coordinator
(317) 831-9212 ext. 2631
Family Services Coordinator /
(317) 831-0950 ext. 2057
Mooresville Schools Rights of Homeless Students
The McKinney-Vento Homelessness Act
National Association for Education of Homeless Children and Youth
Indiana Department of Education Homelessness Assistance
Teaching Resources from the National Coalition for Homelessness
At Mooresville Schools, we want all students to be successful. If a family situation makes education difficult, our family services coordinators are here to assist. Please contact them for more information with any of the following programs:
Available Family Services
-Communication between home and school
-Meetings available before, during, and after school hours
-Transportation available to various appointments and conferences
-Meeting sessions for behavioral and emotional concerns
-Goals and routines can be set up to meet individual or family needs
-Evaluate, identify and refer to agencies based on individual needs.
-Character Building and Life Skills sessions
Assistance with Community and Supportive Resources
-Social Services application
-Community Partners Referral
-21st Century Scholars Application
-Family Support Groups-School Supply Assistance
-Free and Reduced Lunch Applications
-Transportation Services if Qualified
Homeless Youth Services (McKinney-Vento)
As parents raising children while trying to manage the difficulties of homelessness, the last thing you want to worry about is your children's education. The McKinney-Vento Act was created to give your children some rights as you navigate your way to a permanent housing situation. Your children's rights include:
- The right to enroll immediately, even if you don't have all the required paperwork. Schools normally require parents to have birth certificates, proof of residency, school records, and medical records with them when they enroll their children. If you are experiencing one of the housing situations covered by the McKinney-Vento Act, then you can enroll your children without these documents, although you may need to get some of them later.
- The right to school placement at the school in their best interest. Your children may go to the school they attended when they were permanently housed, also called their school of origin, even if you are not staying in that district. Alternatively, your children may attend the school where you are temporarily staying. This right lasts the entire duration of your homelessness or until the end of the school year after you achieve permanent housing.
- The right to transportation services. Schools must provide your children with transportation to their school, if feasible, until you get permanent housing. Parents who need this service for their children should request it from the McKinney-Vento Liaison.
- The right to other services. The fees for breakfast and lunch provided by the school, as well as the fees for textbooks, should be waived for your children. They also are automatically eligible for Title I services which may include before- and after-school programs, tutoring programs, or other assistance such as graphing calculators required for math classes.
- The right to appeal decisions regarding enrollment and services. If the school district makes a decision about your child's school enrollment or the services that your child receives (such as transportation) that you disagree with, you have the right to appeal that decision. The school's McKinney-Vento Liaison should be contacted immediately to assist you with the appeal. While the dispute with the school district is being resolved, your child has the right to attend the school or receive the services in question.
- The right to attend school and school activities without the fear of being singled out. Children in unstable housing situations cannot be separated from their peers just because of their housing situation. They have the right to attend school and participate in extracurricular activities just like any other student.
Who can help?
Tammy Medsker is Mooresville Schools' McKinney-Vento Liaison. Her role is to help families in homeless situations with school related issues. For example, the liaison can help with problems related to enrollment, request transportation on behalf of the children, help obtain immunizations or immunization records and birth certificates, and help mediate disputes with the school district.
Many families are not living in homeless shelters, but do not have a home of their own. Families who are staying with family members or friends are referred to as "doubling-up." Not all families that are doubled-up are homeless, but families who stay with others because of a loss of housing or due to economic hardship are covered by the McKinney-Vento Act and are entitled to the rights it provides for students.