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Homeless Education

Abilene Independent School District McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program
P. O. Box 981 Abilene, TX 79604
Information for Parents and School-Aged Children

Students who lack a fixed, regular or adequate night time shelter or live in any of the conditions below may qualify for services as a displaced student.  The Federal McKinney-Vento Act and Texas State Law guarantee that students can enroll in school if they live:
  • In a shelter (family shelter, domestic violence shelter, youth shelter, or transitional living program);
  • In a motel, hotel, or in weekly-rate housing;
  • In a house or apartment with more than one family because of economic hardship or loss;
  • In temporary foster care or with an adult who is not the student’s parent or legal guardian;
  • In sub-standard housing (no electricity, no water, and/or no heat); or
  • With friends or family because the student is a runaway or an unaccompanied youth.
If the student lives in one of these situations, the following is NOT required to enroll in or attend school:
  • Proof of residency;
  • Immunization records or a TB skin test result;
  • Birth certificate;
  • School records; or
  • Legal guardianship papers.
The student may also:
  • Continue to attend the school in which they were last enrolled, even if they have moved away from that school’s attendance zone or district;
  • Qualify to receive transportation from their current residence back to their school of origin;
  • Qualify automatically for Child Nutrition Programs (free and reduced-price breakfast, lunch, and other district food programs);
  • Participate fully in all school activities and programs for which they are eligible; and,
  • Contact the District’s Homeless Liaison to resolve any disputes that may arise during the enrollment process.
If you need assistance or have questions about enrolling in school, receiving services including transportation, please contact:

Darrin Cox, Homeless Liaison at 325.677.1444, x 8641