Homeless Children & Youth

  • McKinney-Vento Act

    The McKinney-Vento Act, as a federal law, supersedes state and local educational law and policy.

    Under the law:

    All school districts must designate an appropriate staff person as a local educational agency liaison for students in homeless situations. Liaisons are school district staff responsible for ensuring the identification, school enrollment, attendance, and opportunities for academic success of students in homeless situations. Some of these activities may be accomplished by the liaison himself or herself, while others are accomplished by coordinating the efforts of other staff people. By linking students and their families to school and community services, liaisons play a critical role in stabilizing students and promoting academic achievement at the individual, school, and district level.

    Liaisons are also required to ensure that public notice of the educational rights of students in homeless situations is disseminated where children and youth receive services. In addition, liaisons must ensure that parents or guardians are informed of educational and related opportunities available to their children, are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children, and are informed of, and assisted in accessing, all transportation services, including to the school of origin.

    For more information, contact the Student and Family Support Services District McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison at (253) 373-7512.

Last Modified on November 30, 2020