Shawna KilizDistrict Homeless LiaisonPhone: 360-273-5536 x1006Fax: 360-273-5547McKinney-VentoThe 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 homelessFor 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
Program Manager, Homeless Children and Youth