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McKinney-Vento Resources

HOMELESSNESS

(The federal McKinney-Vento Act)

 

If you (student) or your family lives in any of the following situations:

  • In a shelter
  • In a car, park abandoned building, bus or train station
  • Doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship
  • Link: Student Housing Questionnaire

You (student) or other school-age children may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act.

Eligible students have a right to:

  • Receive a free, appropriate public education.
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.
  • Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents.
  • Enroll in the local school; or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is their preference and is feasible.
    • If the school district believes that the school selected is not in his/her best interest, then the district must provide the student with a written explanation of its position and inform the student of his/her right to appeal its decision.
  • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested.
  • Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to the students’ needs.

If you believe you may be eligible, contact the Chimacum Special Services office at 360-302-5885 or visit us on the main campus at 91 West Valley Rd., Chimacum to find out what services and supports may be available.