Homeless Student

  • McKinney-Vento Family Resources

    The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act establishes the educational rights to which children and youth experiencing homelessness are entitled. New Summerfield I.S.D. is committed to ensuring that homeless children and youth have access to a quality education in our public schools.

    DeAnna Molloy (District Counselor) is NSISD's McKinney-Vento liaison, and she can be reached dmolloy@newsummerfieldisd.net

    Who Is Homeless?

    Per the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 USC 11302), youth are considered home is they "lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence," including:

    • In emergency or transitional shelters
    • In motels, hotels, campgrounds, abandoned in hospitals, or awaiting foster care
    • In cars, parks, public places, bus or train stations, or abandoned buildings
    • Doubled up with relatives or friends
    • Unaccompanied youth, youth who had to leave their residence for self protection living under these conditions

    Youth may also experience episodic-homleessness which may manifest in more unconventional ways like couch-surfing.

    What Are Your Rights?

    • Homeless children have a right to attend school.
    • You do not need a permanent address to enroll your child in school.
    • Homeless children have the right to stay in their home school if the parents choose.
    • Your child cannot be denied school enrollment just because school records or other enrollment documentation are not immediately available.
    • Your child has the opportunity to receive transportation services to and from the school of origin.
    • Your child has the right to participate in extracurricular activities and all federal, state, or local programs for which he/she is eligible.

    McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act Overview:

    Provided by TEA: Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness 

    Under federal and state law, children and youth experiencing homelessness have a right to a free, appropriate public education (FAPE). The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (federal law) provides assistance to states to help them ensure educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. This program helps State Educational Agencies (SEAs) ensure that homeless children, including preschoolers and youths, have equal access to FAPE, including a public preschool education, as provided to other children and youth.  

    Consistent with the McKinney-Vento Act, children experiencing homelessness are to be provided services comparable to those received by other students in the school they attend, including transportation services, and education programs for which such students are otherwise eligible, such as services provided under McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 or similar state or local programs and programs for students with disabilities. 

    State law also addresses the educational rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness. Texas Education Code (TEC) §§ 25.001, 25.002, and 29.153 address educational rights concerning school admission and preschool for homeless students. 

    General Information:

    McKinney-Vento Protection

    What to do If you qualify for McKinney-Vento protection:

    If you qualify for protection under the McKinney-Vento Act, you have access to certain rights and protections. There are several steps you can take to ensure that you are accessing all of the benefits your community may offer.

    Know Your Rights:

    The McKinney-Vento Act grants legal protections so that children and youth (ages 5-21 years) may enroll in, attend, and have the opportunities to succeed in school. Read the following fact sheets provided by NCHE to learn more about your rights and techniques for dealing with your children in a crisis situation.

    NCHE Determining Eligibility

    Meet Your Liaison:

    By law, every school district and charter school must designate a homeless liaison that can educate and advocate for homeless students. Liaisons’ duties include helping students without homes enroll in school or pre-school, assisting to arrange transportation to school, and mediating disputes. New Summerfield I.S.D.'s Liaison: DeAnna Molloy, dmolloy@newsummerfieldisd.net or 903.726.3306x748

    Liaison Resources:

    • Ensuring qualified students are also enrolled in other appropriate educational services such as Head Start or pre-school.
    • Referring students to appropriate health services.
    • Keeping parents and guardians informed as to their students’ options and rights.
    • Publicly posting notice of educational rights.
    • Mediating enrollment disputes.
    • Informing about and assisting with transportation arrangements.
    • Helping students obtain immunizations (where needed), and medical records.
    • Informing unaccompanied youth (students without parents or guardians) about enrollment options and assist them in enrolling.
    • Sample Student Residence Questionnaire (PDF)
    • Sample Intake Form (PDF)
    • Immunization Flow Chart (PDF)
    • Sample Transportation Letter (PDF)
    • Sample FAFSA Verification Form (PDF)
    • Dispute Resolution (PDF)

    County Resources - contact local liaison for more resources

    Greater East Texas Community Action Program

    Energy and emergency assistance, plus weatherization for those who qualify

    613 E. Rusk St. Suite C

    Jacksonville, Texas 75766


    Crisis Center of Cherokee and Anderson Counties
    313 West Debard
    Palestine, TX 75801
    Confidential Hotline 1-800-232-8519

    Resources for Homeless Students and Families (click on the following links):

    2-1-1 Texas - A free service that can refer you to appropriate social service agencies and provide their contact information. It is supported by the state’s Health and Human Service Commission's Texas Information and Referral Network. This service can be accessed via its website (searchable by service type and location) or by phone (dial 2-1-1).


    A Judicial Guide: Identifying and Serving Youth Experiencing Homelessness

    Andrews Center

    Aunt Bertha

    Early Childhood Texas

    East Texas Food Bank

    East Texas Human Needs Network

    Greater East Texas Community Action Program

    Liaison Resource Guide - A compilation of resources organized by topic.

    National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

    National Center for Homeless Education

    Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services

    Samaritan Counseling Center of East Texas, Inc.

    School House Connection

    Texas Child Care

    Texas Homeless Network

    Texas Network of Youth Services

    Texas Shelters

    Texas Workforce Commission

    Texas Youth Helpline

    The Salvation Army