Homeless and highly mobile students are welcome in Tishomingo County Schools.
Our district is guided by the McKinney Vento law. This law provides homeless and highly mobile students with certain rights so they have access to opportunities that will help them meet the same high academic standard expected of all students in our district.
Definition of Homelessness. The McKinney-Vento Act covers all children and youth who meet its definition of homelessness. This means those children who ‘lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.’ 42 U.S.C. 11434a(2). The examples listed in the law include children and youth who:
- share the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason;
- live in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
- live in emergency or transitional shelters;
- are abandoned in hospitals;
- are awaiting foster care placement;
- have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
- live in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings;
- are migratory children who otherwise fit the definition of homelessness
Persons interested in obtaining information may contact our Home/School Liaison at Families First on the campus of Tishomingo County High School or by calling 662 423-7318.