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

    McKinney-Vento
     
    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.
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    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