McKinney Vento/Families in Need

Homeless Students / McKinney-Vento Grant

We have become increasingly aware that there are families in our district struggling with food and housing insecurity. We have many wonderful resources in West Michigan, but it can be challenging to know where to start. We have compiled some of the most requested resources into one site for our community to access.

Caledonia Community Schools is committed to helping our students who are experiencing homelessness through the McKinney-Vento Grant. Each public school district and academy has a homeless liaison who assists with enrollment, academic support, and ongoing needs.  

If your family is in a temporary or inadequate living situation due to a loss of housing, your child might be eligible for certain education rights and services.

Under the McKinney-Vento Act, children in transitional housing situations have the right to: 

  •  Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there.
  • Attend either the local school or the school of origin, if this is in their best interest; the school of origin is the school the child attended when he/she was permanently housed or the school in which the child was last enrolled.
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if missing records and documents normally required for enrollment, such as birth certificate, proof of residence, previous school records, or immunization/medical records.
  • Enroll, attend classes, and participate fully in all school activities while the school gathers records.
  • Have access to the same programs and services that are available to all other students, including transportation and supplemental educational services.
  • Attend school with children not experiencing transitional housing; a school can not segregate a student because of this.

We have become increasingly aware that there are families in our district struggling with food and housing insecurity. We have many wonderful resources in West Michigan, but it can be challenging to know where to start. We have compiled some of the most requested resources into one site for our community to access. 

Caledonia Resource Site

Local Liaison

Administration

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Katherine Dorband
Administration