Crane Elementary School District is dedicated to ensuring that all children and youth attending our schools and experiencing homeless as defined under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, have access to the public education to which they are entitled.
"Homeless children and youth” are defined as any student who lacks a “fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” This includes students who:
- Share the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.
- Live in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of adequate alternative accommodations.
- Live in emergency shelters or transitional housing.
- Live in cars, campgrounds, or bus stations.
- Migratory children living in these situations are included.
Special protections also are provided for youth who are experiencing homelessness on their own (also known as unaccompanied youth – young people experiencing homelessness who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian).
- Immediate school enrollment - Each school must immediately enroll students even if they lack health, immunization or school records, proof of guardianship, or proof of residency. This would include enrollment in the following school options:
- The school he/she attended when permanently housed (School of Origin)
- The school in which he/she was last enrolled (School of Origin)
- The school in the attendance area in which the student currently resides (School of Residency)
- Remain enrolled in his/her selected school for the duration of homelessness, or until the academic year upon which they are permanently housed.
- Equal participation - Schools must offer equal participation in tutoring programs, special education services, gifted and talented programs, before and after school programs, school-related activities, and/or other support services.
- School Uniforms
- Backpack/School Supplies
- Toiletries/Hygiene Supplies
- Community Family Assistant Information
- Transportation services to and from the student’s School of Origin
Don't let homelessness stop your education
The Crane Elementary School McKinney-Vento Program provides informational and awareness materials to our educators and other interested community members throughout Yuma County. (Click here for video)
Crane Elementary School District is committed to ensuring that homeless children and youth are identified, enrolled in school, and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed in school. Our District offers a variety of resources and services to support children, youth, and families who may be experiencing homelessness.
Education is a critical intervention to breaking the cycle of homelessness, and it is vital that families and youth who are homeless know their educational rights and how to exercise them. Whether you know a parent or youth experiencing homelessness, or someone who works with families and children, there are resources available from our Crane School District and we are here to help, and we hope you will share them far and wide. It will take all of us working together to ensure every child can succeed.
"There is one home that all homeless children and youth have in common. That home is SCHOOL"