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McKinney-Vento Act

The federal McKinney-Vento Act and Texas state law guarantee that you can enroll in school if you live

  • in a shelter (family shelter,domestic violence shelter,youth shelter or transitional living program);
  • in a motel, hotel,or weekly-rate housing;
  • in a house or apartment with more than one family because of economic hardship or loss;
  • in an abandoned building, a car, at a campground, or on the street;
  • in temporary foster care or with an adult who is not your parent or legal guardian;
  • in substandard housing (no electricity, no water, and/or no heat); or
  • with friends or family because you are a runaway or unaccompanied youth.

If you live in one of these situations, you do NOT need to provide

  • proof of residency,
  • immunization record or a TB skin test result,
  • school records, or
  • legal guardianship papers to enroll in or attend school.

You may also:

  • Continue to attend the school in which you were last enrolled, even if you have moved away from that school's attendance zone or district;
  • Receive transportation from your current residence back to your school of origin;
  • Qualify automatically for Child Nutrition Programs (Free and Reduced-Price Lunch and other district food programs);
  • Participate fully in all school activities and programs for which you are eligible; and
  • Contact the district liaison to resolve any disputes that arise during the enrollment process.

If you have questions about enrolling in school or need assistance with enrolling in school, contact:





Click on the links to access the resource information

McKinney-Vento Act

McKinney-Vento Federal Guidance

FAQ: Immunization Requirements for School Attendance

Texas Homeless Education Office

Texas Homeless Network (THIN)

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)


Foster Care







Crystal City I.S.D. Migrant Program 830-374-3526
CCISD Parent Involvement Program 830-374-2367
CCISD Clothes Closet           830-374-2367
Vida Y Salud                    830-374-2301
Family Services Association            830-374-0460
Department of Health & Human Services 830-374-2327
Camino Real MHMR                 830-374-5854
CC Housing Authority               830-374-3434
Ministry Alliance                   830-374-2526
American Red Cross            800-733-2767
MET            830-374-2723
Winter Garden Women’s Shelter          830-876-9441


Your local liaison  for the Crystal City Independent School District:

Dina Briones

Phone #: 830-374-2367