Download a PDF postcard that outlines the rights of homeless Baltimore City Public Schools students.Download a PDF pocket card, which contains city-wide homeless resources for families, such as shelters.To request print versions of the postcard or pocket card, please contact Baltimore City Public Schools homeless education associate at 410-396-8600.According to the federal law known as the McKinney-Vento Act, students who are homeless have certain rights that ensure they receive the level of education guaranteed to all students.
- Complete the Homeless Status Form with the student/famiy, using the step-by-step guide.
- Immediately enroll the student in the school that will serve the student’s best interest, using the School Selection Worksheet as a tool to engage the student/family in the decision-making process.
- Work with the student/family and staff at the student’s previous school to collect school records, documentation of address and immunization records. The student must be enrolled immediately, even if these documents cannot be gathered at the time of enrollment.
- Identify and arrange for appropriate services:
- Inform the school cafeteria manager and ensure the student receives free meals immediately.
- Contact the school’s transportation coordinator to determine eligibility for transportation.
- Discuss after-school options with the family.
- Waive any school or program fees, if the family cannot afford to pay them.
- If the student/family disagrees with the determination of eligibility for any services, provide the family with a copy of the Dispute Resolution and Appeal Process information sheet.
All information regarding the student’s homeless status should be kept confidential.
For questions, please contact Baltimore City Public Schools homeless education associate at 410-396-8600.