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Services for Homeless Students

Services for Homeless Students

Counselors, teachers, administrators, school secretaries, the school nurse and other staff members work together to identify and assist homeless students and their families under the direction of the Valley View School District homeless liaison, the Superintendent of Schools.  A variety of supports,including Title 1 academic services, are available to assist with the needs of these students.


Pennsylvania’s Education for Children  and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Program/Region 7 and Valley View School District

On July 22, 1987, the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act became public law.  This  was  the first  comprehensive  federal  law  dealing  with  the  problems  of homelessness.  Included  in  the  2001  No  Child  Left  Behind  Act,  it  is  now  called  the McKinney-Vento  Homeless  Education  Assistance  Improvement  Act  of  2001  (Public law 107-110. Subtitle B).

The  main  objective  of  the  Pennsylvania’s  Education  for  Children  and  Youth Experiencing  Homelessness  Program  is  to  make  sure homeless  youth  have  access  to appropriate education while removing barriers that homeless children face. Its goal is to have the educational process continue as uninterrupted as possible while the children are in homeless situations. 

McKinney – Vento Act

Ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. 

These rights and protections include:

  • School stability
  • School access 
  • Support for academic success

*** This is a federal law that supersedes conflicting state laws or local policies.  

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