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Unhoused Students

Resources for Unhoused Students

What does it mean to be unhoused?
The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children and youth as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Learn more

What rights do students who are unhoused have?
School districts must ensure that unhoused children and youth are able to participate fully in school activities, and that barriers to identification, enrollment, and retention in school are identified and removed. 

Unhoused children and youth have the right to:

  • Immediate Enrollment: No matter the documentation.

  • Transportation: Schools should continue providing transportation support as needed to eliminate barriers to enrollment, participation and retention in school

  • Academic Access and Success: This includes free meals, and all other academic supports afforded to their housed peers and more.

Related Information

Contact:
Don Scatena, Director of Student Services
dscatena@smuhsd.org
650-558-2258 


Student Services Location and Hours of Operation 
Mondays - Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Fridays: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

650 N. Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA 94401


Per California Assembly Bill 27, all families are required to complete the homeless declaration annually.

Homeless Declaration:  English  |  Spanish


Proclamation: National Homeless Youth Awareness Month  

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