The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life for students and for schools, from rising evictions, family stress, and displacement to ever-changing school schedules and bus driver and staff shortages.
The McKinney-Vento Act provides educational protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness, including transportation requirements to provide school stability. The Act also requires local educational agencies (LEAs) to remove barriers to the identification and enrollment of students experiencing homelessness, including transportation barriers. (For a list of FAQs related to transportation, including legal citations, see SchoolHouse Connection’s Q&A from Our Inbox.)
Despite the many challenges caused by the pandemic, schools and LEAs are finding innovative ways to ensure that students experiencing homelessness receive the transportation services to which they are entitled, and which are essential to their school enrollment, attendance, and success.
SchoolHouse Connection has compiled the following considerations, strategies, and examples for school district liaisons, transportation coordinators, and others working to support students experiencing homelessness in the pandemic and beyond. We will update this living document with additional strategies and examples that emerge from best practice and federal guidance.
[Archived Webinar] Increasing Access to Transportation for Students Experiencing Homelessness
Recorded June 4, 2022
The McKinney-Vento Act provides educational protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness, including transportation requirements to provide school stability. Yet access to transportation for students experiencing homelessness remains one of the biggest challenges that school districts and early learning programs face. Districts and programs are rising to meet current challenges by finding ways to remove transportation barriers with multiple funding sources and strategies. Please join SchoolHouse Connection along with school district liaisons to hear innovative transportation strategies, including how ARP-HCY funds can be used.