- As part of the No Child Left Behind Act, provisions have been made to ensure that homeless students have no barriers to getting an education comparable with any other students. The McKinney-Vento Act, a federal act that protects the rights of homeless students, classifies families as homeless if they have a precipitating event [Abandonment, Act of Nature/Natural Disaster, Death of Parent/Guardian, Domestic Violence, Eviction, Fire, Hospitalization of Parent/Guardian, Incarceration of Parent/Guardian, Left Home, Military, Parental Job Loss/Loss of Income, Parent Divorce/Separation, Separated from Family, Other Poverty-related Situation, Other, and Unknown]. Along with the precipitating event, the family also must be experiencing one of the following.
- Sharing the house of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason, called “doubled up”
- Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or campgrounds to due lack of alternative adequate
- Living in emergency or transitional shelters
- Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings
Richland One School District will work with students defined as homeless to remove barriers that may prevent them from receiving education services. Anyone who feels their child or a family member may qualify as homeless should contact Deborah Carlson - Boone at 803-231-6914 to assist with providing services.