Rights of Parents and Unaccompanied Youth

Children and youth experiencing homelessness have the right to:

  • receive a free, appropriate public education.

  • enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.

  • enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents.

  • enroll in the local school near where they're living or continue attending th school or origin (the school the child attended when permanently housed or in which the child was last, enrolled) if that is your preference and is in the child's best interest. If the school district believes the school you select is not in the best interest of your child, then the district must provide you with a written explanation of its position and offer you the opportunity to appeal its decision.

  • receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested by the parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth.

  • receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to the student's need.