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McKinney Vento and Migrant Programs

What is McKinney-Vento? 

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act was originally signed into law in 1987. Title VII, Subtitle B of that law is included in the 2002 reauthorization of No Child Left Behind, Title X. The statute requires every public school district and charter holder to designate a Homeless Liaison to ensure that homeless students are identified, immediately enrolled in school, have access to educational opportunities equal to those of their non-homeless peers, and receive assistance in evaluating and meeting other needs unique to their situation.

Who may be considered homeless under the law? 
According to McKinney-Vento definitions homeless children and youth may include those:
  • In a shelter, temporary shared housing, or transitional living program
  • In a hotel/motel, campground, or similar situation due to lack of alternatives
  • At a bus station, park, car, or abandoned building

Unaccompanied Youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence also have rights under McKinney-Vento. According to the law the term 'unaccompanied youth' includes a youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian.

More information can be found at Arizona Department of Education - Homeless

 
What is the Migrant Program?
Students who have moved from school to school due to a migratory lifestyle and whose parents work or are actively pursuing work in agriculture may be eligible for additional resources through the Migrant Education Program.  
 
Who may be considered migrant under the law?
Students who have moved to the district in the past 12 months because of a change in the parent's employment in the agricultural field including: 
  • Working in a nursey
  • Watering trees or plants
  • Picking fruits or vegetables
  • Working in the orchards
  • Working on a ranch, farm or in the fields
  • Cultivating, harvesting, planting
  • Working in a dairy
  • Packing fruits or vegetables
  • Operating farm machinery (tractors)
 
 
More information can be found at Arizona Department of Education - Migrant
 
 
If you believe your child qualifies for either program, please contact Elizabeth Kloehr at 480-987-5403 or ekloehr@jocombs.org.
 
 
Food and Clothing Bank
J.O. Combs Food and Clothing Bank is open Tuesdays during the school year from 9am - 11am and 1pm - 4pm.
Contact Elizabeth Kloehr for more information at ekloehr@jocombs.org or 480-987-5304.