Who is considered homeless?
Anyone who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence including:
- Sharing the housing of others due to lack of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason
- Living in motels, hotels, camping grounds or other temporary housing, due to lack of adequate alternative accommodations
- Living in emergency or transitional shelters
- Abandoned in hospitals
- Awaiting foster care placement
- Living in a public or private place not designed for humans to live
- Living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, public train stations, etc.
- A migrant child who qualifies under any of the above
Educational Rights for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness
- A homeless education liaison (Family Resource Officer at UTVA) in every public school
- Right to immediate enrollment in school where seeking enrollment without proof of residency, immunizations, school records, or other documents
- Right to choose between the local school where they are living, the school they attended before they lost their housing, or the school where they were last enrolled
- Right to transportation to their school of origin
- Right to be free from harassment and exclusion. Segregation based on a student’s living status and homelessness is strictly prohibited.
- Right to access educational services for which they are eligible including IDEA services, ESL, gifted and talented programs, vocational/technical education, and school nutrition programs.
- Right to be notified of their options and rights under McKinney-Vento. Family Resource Officer must post rights of students experiencing homelessness in schools and other places in the community.
- Right to have disagreements with the school settled quickly.
Parents Right to Know
must be made in writing and should include the following information: student’s full name, legal parent/guardian’s full name, address, city, state, zip code, and teachers name. Your request can be sent to Utah Virtual Academy, 310 E. 4500 S. Ste 620, Murray, Utah 84107