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Sequim School District

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About McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. McKinney-Vento provides federal funding to states for the purpose of supporting district programs that serve homeless students.

Defining Homeless
The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children as "individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence." The act provides examples of children who would fall under this definition:

Ÿ  Children and youth sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason

Ÿ  Children and youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations

Ÿ  Children and youth living in emergency or transitional shelters

Ÿ  Children and youth abandoned in hospitals

Ÿ  Children and youth awaiting foster care placement

Ÿ  Children and youth whose primary night time residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc)

Ÿ  Children and youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations

Ÿ  Migratory children and youth living in any of the above situations

The Homeless Education office at OSPI oversees the federal McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth program. The program provides training, technical assistance, and monitoring for school districts and ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for Washington’s 26,000 homeless children and youth.

The McKinney-Vento Liaison for the Sequim School District is Sam Troxler, stroxler@sequim.k12.wa.us or phone (360)582-3400. 

 

Additional Information about services to Homeless Students can be found at www.k12.wa.us/HomelessEd/default.aspx

 

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