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NCHE Resources

Increasing School Stability for Students Experiencing Homelessness: Overcoming Challenges to Providing Transportation to the School of Origin
This monograph reviews the provisions of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act as related to the provision of transportation to the school of origin, and provides recommendations for implementing the transportation mandate. Recommendations are based on interviews with local homeless education liaisons and pupil transportation directors from eight school districts across the country. Sample district policies and documents are included.
Download Increasing School Stability for Students Experiencing Homelessness: Overcoming Challenges to Providing Transportation to the School of Origin with appendices.
Download the Increasing School Stability for Students Experiencing Homelessness: Overcoming Challenges to Providing Transportation to the School of Origin without appendices.

Transporting Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness *updated Aug 2017*
This brief, part of NCHE's Law Into Practice series, explains the provisions of Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (reauthorized under Title IX, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act [ESSA]) related to the transportation of children and youth experiencing homelessness and offers strategies for implementing the law. Topics include: Key Transportation Provisions under the McKinney-Vento Act; Resources for Funding Transportation; Collaborating to Provide Transportation; Using Discretion and Sensitivity in Providing Transportation; and Strategies for the Efficient Transportation of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness.
Download Transporting Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness.

Transportation for Homeless Children and Youth: Strategies for Rural School Districts
This NCHE tip sheet highlights strategies for providing transportation for homeless students in rural areas provided by local homeless education liaisons, state coordinators for homeless education, and state pupil transportation directors.
Download Transportation for Homeless Children and Youth: Strategies for Rural School Districts.


Other Resources

National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services: Resolution to Support the Transportation of Homeless Children and Youth
The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPT) provides leadership, assistance, and motivation to the nation's school transportation industry with the goal of providing safe, efficient, economical, and high-quality transportation to school children on their trips to and from school and school-related activities. NASDPT passed a resolution in 2000 supporting the safe and efficient school transportation of homeless children and youth.
Download the NASDPT Resolution to Support the Transportation of Homeless Children and Youth.

National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services: State Directors of Pupil Transportation National Contact List
Use the interactive map on this NASDPT webpage to locate pupil transportation contact information in your state.
Visit the NASDPT State Contact List webpage.


Sample Forms, Materials, and Policies

Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD): Parent Transportation Agreement
This transportation agreement explains MMSD's transportation policy to parents of students experiencing homelessness.
Download the MMSD Parent Transportation Agreement.

Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency McKinney-Vento Transportation Forms
This webpage from the Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency links to a variety of forms related to the provision of transportation for McKinney-Vento students, including a District and Parent Transportation Contract, a Gas Voucher Contract, an InterDistrict Transportation Agreement, a Mileage Reimbursement Form, and more.
Visit the Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency McKinney-Vento Transportation Forms webpage.

Mesa Public Schools McKinney-Vento Transportation Agreement
This agreement outlines the guidelines under which Mesa Public Schools provides McKinney-Vento transportation to students experiencing homelessness.
Download the Mesa Public Schools McKinney-Vento Transportation Agreement .

Missouri Transitional Interdistrict Transportation Agreement
This interdistrict transportation agreement from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provides the guidelines by which the district of residence and district of origin will abide when the provision of interdistrict transportation is required by the McKinney-Vento Act.
Download the Missouri Transitional Interdistrict Transportation Agreement.

Spokane Public Schools District Transportation Agreement
This agreement, developed by HEART (Homeless Education & Resource Team) at Spokane Public Schools, outlines the district's transportation policy and guidelines for students experiencing homelessness. It requires the signature of the homeless student's parent or guardian or of the homeless unaccompanied youth.
Download the Spokane Public Schools District Transportation Agreement.

Transportation Guidance: Indiana Education for Homeless Children and Youth (INEHCY) Program
This Indiana state law specifies how Indiana will transport its homeless students in accordance with the transportation requirements of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
Download the Indiana Transportation Guidance.

Wisconsin Transitional Education Interdistrict Agreement
This interdistrict transportation agreement used by Wisconsin school districts outlines the responsibilities of participating school districts for transporting McKinney-Vento eligible students to and from the school of origin in cases when the student resides in one district and attends school in another.
Download the Wisconsin Transitional Education Interdistrict Agreement.

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