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McKinney-Vento (Homeless Education) Program

The McKinney-Vento Program (MVP) assists children and youth in transition lacking a fixed, adequate, or regular housing situation.  If a student and his or her family are currently residing in a shelter, motel, vehicle, campground, streets, abandoned building, or doubled-up with family or friends due to hardship, he or she may qualify for program assistance.

·      The McKinney-Vento Act does not provide for shelter supports, however it does allow the following rights to students:

  • Continuity of school placement:  In order to allow students to have consistency in their education, students may continue to attend the school they last attended when they were living in permanent housing or the school last attended.  This school is called the school of origin.  This includes schools across county lines.  School placement decisions are made in the best interest of the student and factors such as distance from the current living situation are taken into consideration.

  • Transportation: Transportation must be provided to all students living 2 or more miles away from the school location.

  • Free lunch:  All students who qualify under the McKinney-Vento Act receive free lunch.

  • Immediate Enrollment:  Students who qualify under the McKinney-Vento Act are entitled to immediate enrollment, even if they do not have the proper paperwork (immunizations, address verification, etc.) at the time of enrollment. 
All families must register for the McKinney-Vento Program each year.  Families can enroll by completing a Student Residency Questionnaire (SRQ) and submitting to the school registrar and the MVP Office.  Enrollment does not roll over from year to year.  Open enrollment for MVP begins two weeks prior to the start of the school year.


                                        McKinney-Vento Program Resources

OCPS McKinney-Vento Policy

To review the OCPS policy on the McKinney-Vento program, please CLICK HERE.  


OCPS Kids' Closet

OCPS Kids’ Closet is a centralized clothing closet and food pantry for eligible school aged students and families. Access to the Kids' Closet is coordinated through OCPS staff. The Kids’ Closet is always in need of donations (in-kind and monetary).  To learn more, click here.


OCPS Supports

Families in need of support (those that are experiencing homelessness or not) can put a request for an OCPS staff member to reach out regarding student service, mental health service, or homelessness supports.  To make a request, visit OCPS Supports at https://tinyurl.com/ocpssupports.

Student Residency Questionnaire (SRQ)

The Student Residency Questionnaire (SRQ) is a form that must be completed annually by families in transition to determine qualification for McKinney-Vento Act rights.  SRQs should be completed and emailed or delivered (mail or in person) to the school registrar/s for each school. 

It is suggested that parents also send a copy to the district McKinney-Vento Program office at 
[email protected].  For a list of school email addresses, click here


2020-21 Student Residency Questionnaire Forms

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Local Community Resources

The McKinney-Vento Act does not provide supports for schools to provide shelter or additional supports outside of the outlines rights.  A variety of community agencies provide supports based on the type of homelessness a family is experiencing. Click here for local community resources.