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Welcome to our Homeless Education informational page.  Please see the McKinney-Vento attachment for pertinent information regarding our services.
In January of 2002, Congress authorized the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to help people experiencing homelessness. The McKinney-Vento Act was reauthorized in December of 2015 and implemented in November of 2016. The federal law includes the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program that entitles children who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence to a free, appropriate education and requires schools to remove barriers to their enrollment, attendance and success in school. The McKinney-Vento Program meets the needs of homeless students attending Mount Airy City Schools by addressing academic challenges and family issues affecting their success in school.
Reauthorized Dec. 2015 - Example living situations that may qualify include, but are not limited to: • Doubled-up Housing - Living with a friend, relative or other person/family because of a loss of housing • Staying in a motel or hotel because of a loss of housing or fleeing domestic violence • Living in an emergency shelter, transitional housing or domestic violence shelter • Living in a car, park or public place, abandoned building or bus station • Living in a campground or an inadequate trailer home • Living in a runaway or homeless youth shelter (even if their families want them to come home) or • Abandoned in a hospital
Youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian and lacking a fixed, regular and adequate residence are referred to as unaccompanied homeless youth. Youth who run away are also eligible for services even if the parent/guardian/caregiver wishes the student to return home. Runaway youth and unaccompanied homeless youth are eligible to be enrolled immediately without a legal guardian. Under the McKinney-Vento Program, there is no age limit for an unaccompanied homeless or runaway youth as long as the student is eligible for K-12 public education in North Carolina. Schools must immediately alert the School McKinney-Vento Liaison or the District McKinney-Vento Liaison if presented with a possible runaway or unaccompanied homeless youth.
The provisions of the Federal McKinney-Vento Act supersede any state law or local policy that may conflict with this act.
Requesting Services
Services provided include immediate enrollment, school selection promoting stability, nutrition and academic support. McKinney-Vento services are provided for the duration of a school year and do not automatically renew. School Guidance Counselors and Administrators assess for eligibility. To obtain more information about services provided and how to access services, please contact the School Guidance Counselor or Administrators at the where your child would attend.
Contact Information:
For questions or service requests, contact a school guidance counselor. 
MACS Homeless Liaison Contact: Antonia Cawley, School Social Worker, (336) 789-9021
Lisa Phillips - State Coordinator NC Homeless Education Program Office: (336) 315-7491
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Historical Data:
Total for MACS:  42
Total for MACS:  45
Total for MACS:  25
Total for MACS:  44

State level data can be found here: