Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Legislative Transportation Requirements

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act placesastrong emphasis on transporting students who are homeless, at the request of their parent or guardian, or an unaccompanied youth, to their school of origin. (School of origin is defined as either the school the child attended when permanently housed OR the school last attended.

Section 722(g)(J)(iii) states: "The State and its local educational agencies will adopt policies and practices to ensure that transportation is provided, at the request of the parent or guardian (or in the case of an unaccompanied youth, the liaison), to and from the school of origin, as determined in paragraph (3)(A), in accordance with the following, as applicable:”

“(I) If the homeless child or youth continues to live in the area served by the local educational agency in which the school of origin is located, the child's or youth's transportation to and from the school of origin shall be provided or arranged by the local educational agency in which the school of origin is located.”

“(II) If the homeless child’s or youth’s living arrangements in the area served by the local educational agency of origin terminate and the child or youth, though continuing his or her education in the school of origin, begins living in an area served by another local educational agency, the local educational agency of origin and the local educational agency in which the homeless child or youth is living shall agree upon a method to apportion the responsibility and costs for providing the child with transportation to and from the school of origin. If the local educational agencies are unable to agree upon such method, the responsibility and costs for transportation shall be shared equally. "

New Guidance from U.S. Department of Education: Use of Title I funds to provide Services to Homeless Children and Youth.  

USDE has issued new guidance regarding the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 which has expanded the allowable uses of Title I, ESEA funds to include transporting homeless children and youth to their school of origin.  Additionally, an LEA may now use funds from its FY 2014 Title I grant to fund all or part of the homeless liaison’s salary even if that person has no Title I duties. 

It is important to note that while the new authority under the appropriations act now permits an LEA to use Title I funds to support a homeless liaison and to transport homeless children and youth to their school of origin, it does not otherwise change an LEA’s existing obligation under ESEA section 1113(c)(3)(A) to provide comparable Title I services to homeless children and youth who attend non-Title I schools.    

LEAs must continue to meet comparable services needs, but may also use reservation funds to pay for transportation to the school of origin and/or homeless liaison.   

Letter to State’s from the U.S. Department of Education



 


Transportation Strategies for Students Who Are Homeless
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2014

Transportation Guidance under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2014

Gas Cards Policy - DPI Guidance
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2013

NCHE Brief: McKinney-Vento Transportation
National Center for Homeless Education

Sample forms:

School District of Janesville’s Personal Service Contract
Janesville contracts with an individual to provide transportation for preschool and elementary students who are homeless. Janesville has been able to eliminate the use of taxicabs. This contract is between the school district and the individual who provides transportation.

Madison Metropolitan School District’s Homeless Transportation Agreement form
This form can serve as model for coordinating transportation in your district.

Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District’s Transportation Inter-district Agreement
Middleton’s agreement can serve as a model for a transportation agreement.

Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District’s Parent Transportation Contract

Ashwaubenon Gas Card Agreement

Transportation Request
This request form is generic and can be used for any school district.

 

For questions about this information please contact one of our State EHCY Coordinators: 

Kristine Nadolski (608) 267-7338

Susan Piazza (608) 267-1284