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Transition / Homeless Program

The Sault Area Public Schools are committed to helping all students who are in transition achieve their educational goals.
The Federal Homeless Assistance Act / McKinney-Vento, ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Students are considered homeless or in transition, if they meet the criteria set in the McKinney-Vento Act; "a child or youth does not have a fixed, regular, and adequate place to sleep at night..."

Potential Warning Signs of Homelessness

  • Attendance issues
  • Poor health and nutrition
  • Lack of continuity in education
  • Transportation issues
  • Poor hygiene
  • Social and behavioral concerns
  • Mistaken diagnosis of abilities
  • Chronic hunger and/or chronic fatigue
  • Unmet medical and/or dental needs
  • Lack of basic school and/or health supplies

Who is homeless?

A homeless individual is someone who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.  This includes anyone who, due to a lack of housing, lives:
  • In emergency or transitional shelters
  • In motels, hotels and/or trailer parks
  • In campgrounds, abandoned in hospitals, awaiting foster care
  • In cars, parks, public places, bus or train stations, abandoned buildings
  • Doubled up with relatives or friends
  • Migratory children living in these conditions

The McKinney-Vento Act gives children and youth in homeless situations the right to:

  • Stay in their school even if they move
  • Enroll in a new school without proof of residency, immunizations, school records or other papers
  • Get transportation to school
  • Go to preschool programs
  • Get the school services they need
  • Have disagreements with schools settled quickly
  • Go to the school they choose while disagreements are settled
  • Access to school meal programs
  • Access to special education and other programs for students with disabilities
  • Programs for language minority students
  • Before and after school programs

Addressing Needs of Students Experiencing Homelessness


School Responsibilities

  • Enroll students in free lunch programs
  • Ensure access to instructional supports/resources, including gifted programs and special education programs
  • Conduct educational assessments
  • Provide homeless awareness training to all staff, especially those responsible for enrollment
  • Alert teachers of student's living situations, while respecting their privacy

What Can I Do?

  • Recognize stressful environments outside of school, and provide accommodations as needed
  • Encourage supportive relationships
  • Have high expectations
  • Provide necessary supplies
  • Donate 
    • Clothes
    • Books, 
    • Household goods
    • Supplies for healthcare bags
      • Shampoo
      • Conditioner
      • Toothpaste
    • Supplies for school bags
      • Crayons
      • Pencils
      • Erasers
  • Provide in-kind services or materials
    • Copying
    • Printing
    • Transportation
    • Marketing assistance
    • Building materials
    • Maintenance services