McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program
This special program is designed to meet the needs of children and youth who are homeless. A student is considered homeless if he or she lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. The homeless education program helps students enroll in school even if they lack the required paperwork. It helps them attend their original school or a school where they are currently living and ensures that these students receive services comparable to those received by their classmates.
Who qualifies as a homeless student? A homeless student could be sharing a house with other persons due to loss of housing (these may or may not be relatives); could be living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds because of a lack of other accommodations; could be living in emergency shelters or could be abandoned in hospitals.
The Texas Migrant Education Program strives to empower educators working with migrant children to collaborate in designing programs which build upon student strengths, eliminate barriers, provide continuity of education, and produce levels of performance for migrant students that meet or exceed those of the general student population. Parent involvement is viewed as an essential part of the educational process, and home-school-community partnerships provide the support necessary to improve student achievement.
Because issues of mobility, language and poverty affect the migratory student's opportunities to receive excellence and equity in the classroom, the Migrant Education Program strives to provide an educational experience which can help children reduce the educational disruptions and other problems that can result from repeated moves. Texas migrant children deserve the same opportunities to reach the same challenging state performance standards that all children are expected to meet.
Alto ISD partners with ESC Region 7 in a Shared Services Agreement to identify and serve the migrant students in our district.