All public schools must enroll children and youth who qualify as “homeless.”
If the school refuses to let your child attend and you disagree, you should ask for a McKinney-Vento dispute resolution. After a request for dispute resolution, the school must:
- enroll your child until the dispute is resolved
- quickly arrange a meeting with you and the school’s “homeless liaison”
- tell you in writing why it does not believe your child can be enrolled
- tell you about your right to appeal the school’s decision and how to do that
- continue to enroll you or your child during your appeal or until a suitable school is found
The law prevents schools from refusing enrollment until your appeals to the school, school board, and commissioner are completed.
If you are having an enrollment dispute and would like assistance, contact Vermont Legal Aid at 1-800-747-5022.