The federal government passed ESSA, the Every Student Succeeds Act, in December of 2016, which mandated that all youth in care receive school rights and support including the following:
- Continue attending their school of origin (if feasible) - the school they were enrolled in before they were placed in care - or enroll in their new neighborhood school
- Receive transportation to and from their school of origin (if feasible)
- Immediate enrollment, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment, or having missed application or enrollment deadlines
- Receive additional services for which they are eligible, including English learner support, Title I, Special Education, and other programs
Please note that students in foster care are no longer served under the McKinney-Vento Program but are served in their own separate program.
For Foster Care student education support, help with student enrollment, accessing transportation, and more, please contact the department below.