McKinney-Vento Information

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act:

The Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) program is authorized under Title VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.) (McKinney-Vento Act). The McKinney-Vento Act was originally authorized in 1987 and most recently re-authorized in December 10th, 2016 by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).The McKinney-Vento Act is designed to address the challenges that homeless children and youths have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school.

Under the McKinney-Vento Act, State educational agencies (SEAs) must ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youths. Homeless children and youths must have access to the educational and related services that they need to enable them to meet the same challenging State academic standards to which all students are held. In addition, homeless students may not be separated from the mainstream school environment. SEAs and local educational agencies (LEAs) are required to review and undertake steps to revise laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as barriers to the identification, enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youths.

Definition of Homeless (McKinney-Vento Act Sec. 725(2); 42 U.S.C 11435(2))
Children who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate night time residence:
  • "Double up" - Sharing the housing of others due to the loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reasons.
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, camping grounds, due to lack of adequate alternative accommodations.
  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters.
  • Living in a public or private place not designed for humans to live.
  • Migratory children living in above circumstances
  • Living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings
  • Unaccompanied Youth - Children or youth who meet the definition of homeless and not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian
Residency and Educational Rights:

Students who are in temporary, inadequate and homeless living situations have the following rights in Prairie Heights Community School Corporation.
  • Immediate enrollment in the school they last attended or the school in whose attendance area they are currently staying even if they do not have all of the documents normally required at the time of enrollment;
  • Access to free meals and textbooks, Title I and other educational programs and other comparable services including transportation;
  • Attendance in the same classes and activities that students in other living situations also participate in without fear of being separated or treated differently due to their housing situations.
Resources
Contacts:  Please contact a PHCSC McKinney - Vento Liaison for more information or to report a homeless student situation:

Prairie Heights High School
Contact: Mary Moore-Bowers
Phone: 260-351-3214 ext. 4650
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Prairie Heights Middle School
Contact: Karla Koomler
Phone: 260-351-3214 ext. 6620
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Prairie Heights Elementary School
Contact: Josh Troyer
Phone: 260-351-3214 ext. 2720
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      Prairie Heights School Corporation
      Jeff Reed, Superintendent
      305 S 1150 E
      LaGrange, IN 46761

      Voice: 260-351-3214
      Fax: 260-351-3614

      High School

      Prairie Heights High School
      245 S 1150 E
      LaGrange, IN 46761

      Voice: 260-351-3214
      Fax: 260-351-3848

      Jeremy Swander, Principal
      Damon Witherspoon, Asst. Principal

      Middle School

      Prairie Heights Middle School
      395 S 1150 E
      LaGrange, IN 46761

      Voice: 260-351-3214
      Fax: 260-351-2182

      Andy Arndt, Principal
      Brad Jones, Asst.Principal
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      Prairie Heights Elementary School
      455 S 1150 E
      LaGrange, IN 46761

      Voice: 260-351-3214
      Fax: 260-351-2182

      Alecia Pfefferkorn, Principal

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      "Excellence in Education - Preparation for Life!"

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