TUSD: More children, families may qualify for protection under the McKinney-Vento Act during pandemic

TUSD: More children, families may qualify for protection under the McKinney-Vento Act during pandemic
(Source: The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) -Tucson Unified School District reminds families that under federal law, every student must complete a McKinney-Vento Eligibility Questionnaire each school year.

The district is aware that many families are facing difficult circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a news release, the district said they believe a child’s right to an education must be protected.

Children may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act, including the right to receive a free, appropriate public education and immediate enrollment in school even if families don’t have documents required for registration.

The McKinney-Vento Act could assist families facing these challenges:

  • Displaced and living in a shelter.
  • Living in a motel or campground due to the lack of an alternative adequate accommodation.
  • Living in a car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station.
  • Living with other people at their residence due to loss of housing or economic hardship.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many more families might qualify under the federal act. Families with questions about their student’s eligibility may contact the HEART office at (520) 232-7058.

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