The federal definition of homelessness used by all public schools in the United States includes children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This definition specifically includes children and youth living in shelters, transitional housing, cars, campgrounds, motels, and sharing the housing of others temporarily due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reasons. This is the same definition of homelessness used by Head Start, special education, child nutrition, and other federal family and youth programs.
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act
What is the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act?
APS is required to identify a person to act as a Homeless Liaison. This person's duties involve training school staff in identification procedures, serving as an advocate for homeless students, arranging for services and arbitrating disputes that may arise.
APS's Homeless Liaison is Mrs. Charissa Byrne, School Counselor, and may be reached at 405-785-2605 and then dialing 2 for the High School.