Answer: Yes. The alternative school is the school in which the student was last enrolled, and the school the student attended when permanently housed. 42 USC §11432(g)(3)(I). The McKinney-Vento Act, and the definition of school of origin, apply regardless of accreditation. A school district placed the student at the alternative school through the IEP process, so it was considered the appropriate place to meet her special education needs. Many schools go in and out of accreditation and it doesn’t impact their McKinney-Vento status. Unless the district that created the IEP and placed the student revises the placement based on the school’s lack of accreditation, the placement stands.

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