Answer: These families meet the McKinney-Vento definition of homeless because they were placed in hotels in your community. If they enrolled in school in your community while in hotels, these schools meet the definition of school of origin and the students have the right to remain there if it is determined to be in their best interest. Each situation would need to be evaluated individually to determine best interest. The McKinney-Vento Act needs to be followed fully, including providing transportation and also, in the case of a disagreement over best interest, providing written notice to the family with the explanation of the school’s decision and how to appeal. The students must be able to remain in the school where enrollment is sought during the appeal process.

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