If you are not living with your parent or legal guardian you are considered a homeless unaccompanied youth for the purpose of enrolling in school. You have special rights as a homeless unaccompanied youth and school authorities must work with you for everything related to your education.
The school district must allow you to attend your old school if it makes sense for you. A person from the school, the “McKinney-Vento liaison”, must help you decide which school to attend. If the “McKinney-Vento liaison” does not agree with your decision, you must be informed of your rights to appeal that decision.
The McKinney-Vento Act requires the school district to help you get to your old school. The school district could provide you with a bus pass, pay for a taxi, or pay the mileage costs for a person who is willing to drive you. If none of these options will work, the school district must provide you with bus services.
Schools usually require athletes to be examined by a doctor to make sure that they are healthy enough to be involved in their sport. Under New Mexico law, youth age 14 and over who are homeless can consent to any routine health care. If you undergo a physical exam and the doctor signs the school form you should be able to participate in sports.
The school district must:
• Get your records (school, shots, etc.)from your previous school
• Settle enrollment problems quickly and allow you to attend the school of your choice while problems are settled
• Give you access to the same services and activities as the other students
• Provide transportation if you choose to attend your school of origin and do not live in that area anymore
If a school does not allow a homeless youth to sign up for school, ask to speak with the person in charge of education for homeless students or the McKinney-Vento liaison.
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