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In compliance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, the primary piece of federal legislation related to the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness, reauthorized in 2015 by Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Laurel Highlands School District is committed to identifying every child within the district that may be experiencing homelessness. 


Ms. Baleigh Gray, Homeless Coordinator

The term homeless children and youth is defined as individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. This includes individuals: 

  • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason

  • Living in a motel, hotel, trailer park or campground due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations

  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters 

  • Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, bus or train stations or similar settings

  • Living in substandard housing (no running water or working utilities, infestations, etc.)

  • Children and youths who have a primary residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings (within the meaning of Section 103(a)(2)(C))

  • Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings


Children who are experiencing homelessness may qualify for assistance with various things to minimize the impact of the homeless episode, such as free school lunch, school supplies/materials, tutoring and transportation so that they can remain in their school of origin throughout the duration of their homeless episode. If you believe your child(ren) may qualify for this service, please contact Baleigh Gray at


If your living situation changes during the school year, and you and your children become homeless, please be sure to contact the school. We will work with you so that your child(ren)’s education is as minimally disrupted as possible.

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