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Supports for and Rights of Students Experiencing Homelessness: 

The McKinney-Vento Act provides specific supports for students experiencing homelessness and protects WCUUSD students from educational disruptions due to housing challenges. In the 2018-2019 school year, over 1,000 Vermont students experienced homelessness; Current rates of homelessness are expected to be higher given the housing crisis in Vermont. 

Homelessness is defined as a lack of fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and can include shared housing, living in a motel or campground or a transitional/emergency shelter, among other circumstances. Students who experience homelessness have a right to remain in their home school, access their education, participate in their school community and to receive necessary learning interventions and supports. WCUUSD has a legal obligation to ensure these educational rights to our students. 

For more information about the McKinney-Vento Act and to learn about the protections afforded to WCUUSD students, please contact WCUUSD’s Homeless Liaison, Kerra Holden, at (802)229-0553 ext 1308 or