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Archived Homeless List Serve Messages

SUBJECT:   FAQs and the new school year (part 1 of 2)


Good morning!  The new school year is fast approaching.  For some of you, the registration process may have already began.  The information below is being provided to you in an effort to assist you with the identification of  McKinney-Vento eligible students for the 2013-14 school year.  Please share this information with your register offices, teachers, administrators and others who may be working with students in transition.  If you have questions about the McKinney-Vento program, please feel free to contact me.  Thank you, Donna

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act requires school districts to have a board approved homeless liaison.  This information is submitted to the Department through Core Data.  It is submitted through the District Contact Personnel (Screen 03) August Cycle of the Core Data Collection System.  Your district should have a person responsible for the coordination of Core Data and the submission of data to the Department.  Please check with the Core Data Person in your district and ensure your name is included on Screen 03 of the August Cycle.


A school district’s homeless liaison plays a vital role in ensuring children and youth experiencing homelessness are enrolled and succeeding in school. The McKinney-Vento Act requires every school district to appoint a homeless liaison who then serves as a link between homeless families and school staff, district personnel, shelter workers and social-service providers.

The homeless liaison is responsible for assisting homeless children and youth with enrolling and accessing school services; obtaining immunization or medical records; coordinating transportation services; informing parents, school personnel and others of the rights of homeless children and youth; and collaborating with Missouri’s state homeless coordinator, the community and other school personnel.

A district’s homeless liaison also handles disagreements and facilitates the dispute resolution process for disputes which might arise over enrollment, school placement and transportation. It is the homeless liaison’s responsibility to ensure that homeless children and youth are immediately enrolled in school pending the resolution of any disputes.  

Public notice of educational rights of homeless children and youth must be posted in every public school and in appropriate places throughout the community. These are available online at



The first category may include some individuals who have moved in with others.  A consideration of each individual case, along with the permanency of the situation, will probably be needed in order to identify those who are homeless living “doubled-up”’.

The U.S. Department of Education issued non-regulatory guidance, which included the following:


Donna Cash

Federal Supervisor

Coordinator, McKinney-Vento Program

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

P.O. Box 480, 205 Jefferson Street

Jefferson City, MO  65102-0480

Office:  573-522-8763  Fax:  573-526-6698

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