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    Shawna Kiliz
    District Homeless Liaison
    Phone: 360-273-5536 x1006
    Fax: 360-273-5547

    The McKinney-Vento Act is federal legislation that has been in effect since 1987 to support children and youth experiencing homelessness.  The act defines ‘homeless children and youth’ as individuals who lack a fixed, regular,and adequate nighttime residence. 

    If you lost your housing and now live in a shelter, motel, vehicle, camping ground, or temporary trailer; on the street; doubled-up with  family or friends; or in another type of temporary or inadequate housing, your child might be able to receive help through a federal law called the McKinney-Vento Act.


    Children in homeless situations have the right to:

    ¨ Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there.

    ¨ Attend either the local school or the school of origin, if this is in their best interest; the school of origin is the school the child attended when he/she was permanently housed or the school in which the child was last enrolled.

    ¨ Receive transportation to and from the school of origin.

    ¨ Enroll in school immediately, even if missing records and documents normally required for enrollment, such as a birth certificate, proof of residence, previous school records, or immunization/medical records.

    ¨ Enroll, attend classes, and participate fully in all school activities while the school gathers records.

    ¨ Have access to the same programs and services that are available to all other students, including transportation and supplemental educational services.

    ¨ Attend school with children not experiencing homelessness; a school can not segregate a student because he or she is homeless

    For more information about Rochester's homeless services, contact your school counselor or the District Homeless Liaison.

    Additional information about homeless services is also available through:

    Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

    Melinda Dyer

    Program Manager, Homeless Children and Youth

    (360) 725-6050