• Homeless Services

    If you and/or your family live in any of the following situations, your school-age children may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento act:

    • Sharing the house of others
    • Living in motels, hotels, or on camping grounds
    • Living in an emergency or transitional shelter
    • Living in places not designed for humans to live, such as cars or abandoned buildings
    • Migratory children

    Student Rights Under McKinney-Vento
    McKinney-Vento assures every student experiencing homelessness has the right to:

    • Immediate enrollment, even if the student identified as homeless is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment, such as previous academic records, medical records, or proof of residency
    • Remain in the school of origin if in the student’s best interest
    • Receive transportation to/from the school of origin
    • Receive services comparable to services offered to other students in the district

    Need Homeless Assistance Or Know Someone Else Who Does?
    The homeless coordinator plays a vital role in ensuring that students identified as homeless enroll and succeed in school. The McKinney-Vento Act requires that every school district appoint a homeless coordinator who serves as the link between homeless families and school staff, district personnel, shelter workers, and social service providers. The homeless coordinator is responsible for the following:

    • Assisting students identified as homeless with enrolling and accessing school services
    • Obtaining immunization or medical records
    • Coordinating transportation services
    • Informing parents, and school personnel of the rights of students identified as homeless
    • Collaborating and coordinating with Missouri's State Homeless Coordinator, the community, and other school personnel
    • Handling disputes over enrollment, school placement, and transportation
    • Ensuring that students identified as homeless are immediately enrolled in school pending the resolution of any disputes

    To seek assistance under the McKinney-Vento Act or to file a complaint regarding the placement or education of a student identified as homeless, please contact:

    Cherie Magueja, MSW, LCSW
    Director of Social Emotional Support Services, Homeless Liaison, Foster Care Coordinator
    Parkway Welcome Center
    760 Woods Mill Road
    Ballwin, MO 63011
    (314) 415-5274