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Extra Support Available for Students Without a Permanent Home

The issue of homelessness has made national news over the past several years, but the reality of homelessness can be different than what we typically think. Homelessness can be sharing another’s home because you lost or can’t afford your own. It can mean staying in motels or campgrounds because you have nowhere else. It can mean staying in shelters or transitional housing or sleeping in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, or similar settings. Homelessness happens, but it should not prevent children from receiving an education. Education is a right protected under a Federal Law known as the McKinney-Vento Act.

At TSD, we provide equal and comparable access to all students regardless of their living situation. McKinney-Vento eligible children and youth have specific rights that include:

  • Continuing to attend their current school for the remainder of the school year or enrolling in the neighborhood school where they reside
  • Transportation assistance, if needed
  • FREE food services
  • Appropriate support services and programs for which they are eligible such as bilingual education, enrichment, migrant programs, special education/children with disabilities, preschool programs, and vocational education
  • Assistance getting records and documentation
  • Academic assistance through the district's federally funded Title I program Special Programs
  • Parent or guardian involvement in school activities

If you believe your student needs additional assistance because of your living situation, contact Brenda Mallonee in Mediation and Liaison Services at (509) 865-8182 to discreetly discuss options and services available to you.