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Services for Homeless Students

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act ensures the rights and protections for students experiencing homelessness. It requires that all homeless children have access to a free, appropriate public education. The legislation provides for:

Identification and enrollment of homeless children and youth
Ensuring access to school and appropriate services
Supporting educational stability and reducing transfers between schools

Maple Run Unified School District (MRUSD) is committed to supporting all of our families. If your family is experiencing homelessness or you want to refer a student who may be experiencing homelessness, please contact a school staff member or the MRUSD Homeless Liaison for support.

Jill Ballou
MRUSD Homeless Liaison
jballou@maplerun.org
(802) 524-2600 x19


Home and School Coordinators are available at each school to help our families experiencing homelessness.

Families may also contact guidance counselors or any faculty or staff member with whom they feel comfortable.

Saint Albans City School - Amanda Smullen at (802) 527-0565 x1118
Saint Albans Town Educational Center - Erica deBellis at (802) 527-7191 x682
Fairfield Center School - Kelly Sargent at (802) 827-6639
Bellows Free Academy - Ashley Demers at (802) 527-6569

RESOURCES

MRUSD Homeless Student Referral Form
Vermont Agency of Education Homeless Children and Youth Education Program
National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth