SAU 58
Northumberland – Stratford – Stark

Michelle Mason, Student Services Administrator
15 Preble Street
OFFICE: (603)636-2492
FAX: (603)609-0828
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The McKinney-Vento Act, the federal law that establishes the rights and entitlements of homeless youth, covers children and youth who don’t have a fixed, adequate and regular nighttime residence, such as those living:  

  • with friends or relatives due to loss of housing or economic hardship (aka doubled up or couch surfing);

  • in a motel, hotel, or campground;

  • in emergency or transitional shelters;

  • in temporary situations while awaiting foster care placement or abandoned in hospitals;

  • in a public or private place not designed or ordinarily used for, regular sleeping accommodations;

  • in a car, public space, abandoned building, substandard housing, bus or train station or other similar settings;

  • in temporary housing and not with their legal parents or guardians (Unaccompanied Youth).

Students in temporary housing have the right to:

  • Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there;

  • Choose to attend either the local school or the school of origin, if feasible and in their best interest;

  • Get free transportation to and from the school of origin, if it is requested;

  • Enroll in and attend school immediately, without proper documentation, (ex. Birth certificate, proof of residence, previous school records, or immunization/medical records) or even without a parent or proof of legal guardian;

  • Have access to the same programs and services that are available to all other students, including transportation, extracurricular activities and supplemental educational services;

  • Get free school meals without an application. 

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