NCDPI Information

Read below for information regarding Title IX, McKinney-Vento Act, and Section 504.

Title I Family Engagement Plan


42 USC § 11431 - STATEMENT OF POLICY the following is the policy of the Congress:

(1) Each State educational agency shall ensure that each child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as provided to other children and youths.

(2) In any State that has a compulsory residency requirement as a component of the State’s compulsory school attendance laws or other laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youths, the State will review and undertake steps to revise such laws, regulations, practices, or policies to ensure that homeless children and youths are afforded the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youths.


(3) Homelessness alone is not sufficient reason to separate students from the mainstream school environment.


(4) Homeless children and youths should have access to the education and other services that such children and youths need to ensure that such children and youths have an opportunity to meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards to which all students are held.


Eligibility under McKinney-Vento:


Children or youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence,


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

  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations

  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters

  • Living in a public or private place not designed 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

  • Migratory children living in the above circumstances

  • Unaccompanied youth living in the above circumstances ​

Parent/Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Rights:


Unaccompanied homeless youth are ensured the same educational rights that the McKinney-Vento Act provides for other homeless students, which include the right to:

  • Enroll immediately, even if they do not currently have paperwork normally required for enrollment

  • Attend either the local attendance area school or the school of origin, with the placement decision based on the student’s best interest

  • Remain in the school of origin for the duration of the homelessness or until the end of the school year in which the student becomes permanently housed

  • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin

  • Receive educational services, such as free school meals, Title I services; and participate in gifted and talented programs, vocational education, alternative education, and any other services comparable to what housed students receive

  • Not be stigmatized or segregated on the basis of their status as homeless

In addition to the provisions that apply to all homeless students, the McKinney-Vento

Act includes the following provisions specifically for unaccompanied homeless youth:

Unaccompanied homeless youth shall be immediately enrolled without proof of


During a dispute over school selection or enrollment, unaccompanied homeless youth shall receive a written statement explaining the school’s decision, the youth’s right to appeal the decision, and a referral to the local liaison. 

Local Liaisons shall assist unaccompanied homeless youth in:

  • Selecting a school of attendance and enrolling in school

  • Requesting transportation to and from the school of origin

  • Enrolling in school immediately while disputes are resolved

For more information please visit:

Invest Collegiate: Transform McKinney-Vento Liaison Contact Information:​​

Liaison: Kandace Blanks


School Phone Number: 704-370-4000


Data on homeless education identification in North Carolina can be found at:


State Coordinator: Lisa Phillips: 336-315-7491

NCHEP Website:

Section 504


Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, is a civil rights statute which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities.  This statute is enforced by the Office for Civil Rights. Under Section 504, denying a student with a disability a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) constitutes disability discrimination.

Section 504 covers students with diagnosed, certified, or classified impairments, who attend public and some private schools. A student is “disabled” under the Section 504 regulations if the student meets any one of the three prongs of eligibility listed:

  • Have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity (or bodily function), or

  • Have a record of such impairment, or

  • Be regarded as having such impairment

If you have any questions or concerns please contact:

Mathu Gibson, Lower School Liason/ DeAngelo Robinson, Middle/Upper School Liason

(704) 370- 4000

Title IX


Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities in federally funded schools at all levels. If any part of a school district or college receives any Federal funds for any purpose, all of the operations of the district or college are covered by Title IX.

Title IX protects students, employees, applicants for admission and employment, and other persons from all forms of sex discrimination, including discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity. All students (as well as other persons) at recipient institutions are protected by Title IX—regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, part- or full-time status, disability, race, or national origin—in all aspects of a recipient’s educational programs and activities.

Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct), in person, by mail, by telephone, or by e-mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report.
Such a report may be made at any time, including during non-business hours, by using the telephone number or e-mail address, or by mail to the office address, listed for the Title IX Coordinator. Our Title IX Team is trained through The Nuts and Bolts of Title IX compliance course.

Title IX Coordinator for INVEST COLLEGIATE: Transform:

Mathu Gibson


Phone: 980-266-0182

Title IX Investigator for INVEST COLLEGIATE: Transform: Kandace Blanks

Title IX Decision Maker for INVEST COLLEGIATE: Transform: Kate Alice Dunaway

Title IX Appeals for INVEST COLLEGIATE: Transform: INVEST COLLEGIATE Board of Directors