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McKinney-Vento Information for Families

June 28, 2023

•If you are staying temporarily with someone else because you lost your housing, or staying in a motel, campground, shelter, or in an outside or inadequate place, you and your children have special rights at school. These include:
•Keeping your children in the same school even if you move, and receiving transportation to that school, as long as it is in the student’s best interest;
•Enrolling in school immediately without the documents schools usually require;
•Receiving free school meals;
•Getting help with school supplies and other needs;
•Receiving extra support for youth who are on their own;
•Connecting young children with early childhood services;
•Your school district must uphold these rights under the law. Connect with the local McKinney-Vento education liaison in your school district to receive help. Our liaison is Lewis Collins and he can be reached at 497-2154

*Note: this contact information may change frequently due to staff turnover. If you have problems finding the right school district homeless liaison, please contact Amelia Lyons, State McKinney-Vento Coordinator, at 207-557-1787 or amelia.lyons@maine.gov

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