COVID-19 Updates
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the District's counselors have created a list of resources (Spanish) that you may find helpful. Homeless students are significantly more at risk of losing services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additionally, the Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth website has information and resources that will help students experiencing homelessness during these uncertain times.

McKinney-Vento Family Resources

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act establishes the educational rights to which children and youth experiencing homelessness are entitled. Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is committed to ensuring that homeless children and youth have access to a quality education in our public schools.

Emberly Hill is GCISD's McKinney-Vento liaison, and she can be reached [email protected]. Families seeking information regarding McKinney-Vento services can also contact their campus counselor.

Who Is Homeless?

Per the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 USC 11302), youth are considered home is they "lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence," including:

  • In emergency or transitional shelters
  • In motels, hotels, campgrounds, abandoned in hospitals, or awaiting foster care
  • In cars, parks, public places, bus or train stations, or abandoned buildings
  • Doubled up with relatives or friends
  • Unaccompanied youth, youth who had to leave their residence for self protection living under these conditions

Youth may also experience episodic-homleessness which may manifest in more unconventional ways like couch-surfing.

What Are Your Rights?

  • Homeless children have a right to attend school.
  • You do not need a permanent address to enroll your child in school.
  • Homeless children have the right to stay in their home school if the parents choose.
  • Your child cannot be denied school enrollment just because school records or other enrollment documentation are not immediately available.
  • Your child has the opportunity to receive transportation services to and from the school of origin.
  • Your child has the right to participate in extracurricular activities and all federal, state, or local programs for which he/she is eligible.

Information flyers provided by Texas Education Agency

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Link to TEA poster about homeless child education Link to TEA poster about homeless child education