Answer: If a school is aware that a McKinney-Vento student does not have a safe place to be during the day, and something happens to the student while suspended, the district could be exposed to liability. This is particularly true considering that the McKinney-Vento Act requires state and local educational agencies to review and revise policies to remove barriers to the identification of homeless children and youths, and the enrollment and retention of homeless children and youths.  42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(1)(I).

You also might want to share our document on school discipline and homelessness for some ideas on positive school discipline practices to avoid out-of-school suspensions.

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