At Madera Unified, we do everything in our power to provide quality education, opportunities, and services to children and youth facing homelessness. Our district ensures that students experiencing homelessness and their families know their legal rights to receive those services.

    McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program

    The McKinney-Vento Act defines “homeless children and youths” as children and youth who lack fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence; including children and youth who are:

    • Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reasons; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; or are abandoned in hospitals

    • Living at a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designated for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;

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

    • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above;

    • Unaccompanied youth, including any youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian, such as runaways, or youth denied housing by their families.

    Educational Rights

    Under the McKinney-Vento Act, homeless children and youth have the right to:

    • Receive a free, appropriate public education.

    • Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.

    • Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents.

    • Enroll in the local school; or continue attending the school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), according to student’s best interest.

    *If the school district believes that the school selected is not in the student’s best interest, the district must provide the parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth with a written explanation of its position and inform the parent, guardian, or youth of the right to appeal its decision.

    • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested.

    • Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to each student’s needs.

    • Receive free lunches for the duration of the school year.

    • Receive equal access to education and have school fees waived.


    McKinney-Vento services can be provided to a student experiencing homelessness for the duration of the student’s homelessness and for the duration of the academic year in which the student becomes permanently housed.


    Rosa M. Galindo, Program Manager (Madera Unified School District-Student Services Department) Office: 559.416.5858 Direct Line: 559.416.5863 rosagalindo@maderausd.org

    Tara O’Neill
    Family Support Specialist MUSD (Madera High, Ripperdan Community Day School, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Lincoln, James Madison, George Washington, Howard, Madera Adult School) 559.706.0751 taraoneill@maderausd.org

    Sandra Serna Family Support Specialist MUSD (Madera South High, Furman High, Martin Luther King, Jr. Alpha Cesar Chavez Eastin Arcola La Vina Millview Parkwood Sierra Vista Virginia Lee Rose) 559.289.8600 sandraserna@maderausd.org

    Angelina Rodriguez Family Support Specialist MUSD (Matilda Torres High, Mountain Vista High, Jack G. Desmond, Berenda, Dixieland, James Monroe, Nishimoto, John J. Pershing, Madera Technical Exploration Center) 559.706.4026 angelinarodriguez@maderausd.org

    MUSD Department of Student Services 1820 Howard Road, Madera, CA 93637 (In the old Price's Building on the corner of Howard Rd and Dwyer St.) Phone Number: 559.416.5858 Fax Number: 559.661.2005



Last Modified on April 23, 2021