The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for children and youth in transitional situations. McKinney-Vento provides federal funding to states for the purpose of supporting district programs that serve students in residential transition, i.e. homeless students.
Transitional Housing Situations
1. 1. Student and family or student independently living with friends or family (doubled up) due to loss of housing and/or economic hardship.
2. Residing in a Shelter, transitional housing, motel, car, campground, trailer park, on the streets, substandard or housing not meant for human habitation; other inadequate housing.
3. “Awaiting Foster Care”-students recently (typically in the last 30 days) removed by the Department of Children and Family Services (CPS, DCFS, ICW).
4. Unaccompanied Youth-generally these students are Middle School or High School students who are “couch surfing”. Students who “couch surf” are staying with a friend or family member moving from one nightly residence to another and are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian.
Students who are eligible for McKinney-Vento funds are entitled to receive a variety of services. The primary responsibility of the District Liaison is to eliminate any barriers to the McKinney-Vento student’s right to education and school participation comparable of that of a student who is not homeless. The following are a list of services, which the Liaison will address and are available to the Student:
· Immediate school enrollment despite missing documentation or records.
· Immediate free lunch.
· Transportation to district school or school of origin either by school bus or Transit pass.
· The right to attend the school attended prior to being displaced despite “residing” out of the district.
· Schools supplies and Tutoring referrals
· School fees waived/paid for with McKinney-Vento funds; ASB card (for those wanting play a sport or need it for another activity: band, choir…etc.), PE attire, library fees or any other fee associated with participating in school-sponsored activities. (Does not include an ASB card to attend games).
· Counseling and Social Services referrals
· Clothing Bank (located at the High School in the Business Ed Building, Room 69)
· Support with the referral process for services such as special Education/Gifted/Talented
· Assistance with up to the purchase of needed documents (birth certificate, social security cards, medical records, etc.)
· Community referrals/assistance with: addressing medical issues, applying for DSHS benefits, vocational, technical, after-school programs or any other identified need considered to be a barrier to the student’s education
· *Seniors-Assistance with applying for college, completing FAFSA, financial assistance with entrance exams and application fees.
· Other services may be available on a case-by-case basis.
Please contact Cherie Edwards Special Programs Liaison, at (360) 538-8295 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about the program or with questions.