District Homeless Liaison:
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for children and youth experiencing homelessness. McKinney-Vento provides federal funding to the state for the purpose of supporting district programs that serve homeless students.
Who is considered McKinney-Vento eligible?
Any child who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence is considered eligible, including those who are temporarily sharing housing with others due to loss of housing or economic hardship. This includes children and youth who are living in hotels; camping grounds; emergency shelter; cars; bus or train stations, or other similar settings; unaccompanied youth; transitional housing programs and children in foster or temporary placements.
Education Rights of Children and Youth Who
Qualify for Services and Assistance
Our schools provide equal and comparable access to all students regardless of their home living situation. McKinney-Vento eligible children and youth have specific rights that include:
- Maintain attendance at the school of origin-current school for the remainder of the current school year (if this is in the child's best interest and feasible) or enroll in the neighborhood school currently residing;
- Transportation assistance if needed;
- Eligible for FREE food services;
- Appropriate support services and programs for which they are eligible, such as gifted, children with disabilities, vocational education, preschool;
- Receive academic assistance through the district's federally funded Title I program; and
- Parent or guardian involvement in school activities;
If the school district places your child(ren) in a school other than the school of origin or the school you request, you have the right to appeal that decision. The Dispute Resolution Process can be found here:
If you have a student/child who may qualify for McKinney-Vento service or would like more information, please contact your school counselor or our district liaison Gudrun Sullivan
Resources for Families
Students identified as homeless under the McKinney-Vento Act automatically qualify for free and reduced price meals upon enrollment.
Nourish Food Banks of Pierce County
If your child qualifies for McKinney-Vento and is struggling in school, please contact Paul Harvey
, Executive Director of Student Achievement, for additional resources.
Resources for Teachers, Counselors, and School Personnel
Identification of Students Who May be Homeless