Answer: For McKinney-Vento eligible students, the district has 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 in schools in the State, including barriers to enrollment and retention due to outstanding fees or fines, or absences.” 42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(1)(I).

Since “enrollment” is defined as “attending classes and participating fully in school activities”, you do need policies to remove barriers to graduation.  The provision of yearbooks is a gray area, since not all students get yearbooks. However, a lot of districts will waive yearbook fees or pay for them with donations from the PTA or other organizations.

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