Rules & Regulations

The Wyoming Department of Education is committed to ensuring that students experiencing homelessness have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as that provided to other children and youth.

Students experiencing homelessness are guaranteed the following rights:

  • Immediate enrollment in school, even if the student is lacking documentation normally required (such as a birth certificate)
  • Attendance at the “school of origin” or the local attendance area school, whichever is in the best interest of the child
  • Transportation to the school of origin
  • Dispute resolution
  • Free breakfast and lunch
  • Categorically eligible for Title I services, even when attending a non-Title I school

School districts are required to:

  • Designate a trained local homeless education liaison to assist families
  • Identify homeless children, even if they are not currently enrolled in school
  • Frequently review policies to eliminate barriers to the enrollment and participation of homeless children and youth
  • Inform parents, guardians, and/or youth of their educational rights
  • Link homeless students with educational and other services, including public preschool and health services
  • Ensure that disputes are resolved promptly
  • Collaborate with other district programs and community agencies