McKinney-Vento 2001, Law Into Practice Issue Brief
Children and youth experiencing homelessness often do not
have the documents ordinarily required for school enrollment.
However, school may be the only opportunity for children and
youth to benefit from a stable environment, uninterrupted adult attention, peer
relations, academic stimulation, and reliable meals.
Immediately enrolling students in homeless situations in
school provides stability and avoids separating children from school for days
or weeks while documents are located.