The McKinney Vento program helps children and youth who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. This includes children and youth who are:
- Sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason
- Living in motels or campgrounds due to the lack of alternative living accommodations
- Living in emergency or transitional shelters
- Abandoned in hospitals
- Living in places that are not regular sleeping accommodations for people, such as cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings
- Migratory children and youth living in any of the above situations
What we do
As homeless education facilitators, we:
- Locate and enroll students in the McKinney Vento program
- Coordinate transportation to student’s “school of origin”
- Communicate to each school regularly about McKinney Vento eligible students currently enrolled in their building and contact teachers and/or school officials about developing issues
- Serve as a liaison between the school, parents, students and community agencies to meet the educational needs of students
- Accumulate statistics about the mobility of homeless students
- Visit school buildings to support students, staff and parents with any issues/concerns
- Network with other community agencies and programs involved with homelessness to coordinate advocacy efforts and link community services
- Assist in obtaining educational documents and records
- Ensure that children and youth, including unaccompanied youth, enroll and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed in school
For more information: District level contacts are generally the first stop for more information. There are a number of people in the district who can answer questions about your child’s education and McKinney Vento support. You may contact your child’s school counselor or the district McKinney Vento Homeless Liaison/Special Services Director (Greg Swartz) at 509-464-5526 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org If these local contacts are unable to answer your questions, your next level of support can be found at OSPI, which has program supervisors to assist you with questions about McKinney Vento Homeless Services. You may reach OSPI’s Homeless Education Department at 360-725-6505, or by e-mailing – email@example.com
District Guidelines & Procedures
- Deer Park School District has adopted policies and procedures regarding Education for Homeless Children and Youth.
- Deer Park School District’s board of directors also has adopted policies and procedures for the placement of homeless children and youth.
- Find the dispute resolution form here
- Find the Deer Park School District Dispute Resolution Policy here.
Resources for Parents
Educational Rights & Resolutions
The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. The U.S. Department of Education has issued information and guidance for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth.
Rights & Resolutions
Students who live in transitional situations have the right to:
- stay in their school even if they move out of the school district. Students can also finish the current school year in their school even if they find permanent housing during that school year.
- immediately enroll, attend classes and participate fully in school activities in the local school in the area where they are living, without proof of residency, immunization records or other medical records, school records, or other documents.
- the elimination of barriers for a student’s full participation in school and school related activities (i.e. school fees, required supplies).
- get transportation to their “school of origin” provided or arranged by the school district, or a joint effort between school districts.
- attend school district provided preschool programs.
- access all school services including free school meals, services for English language learners, special education, Title I services, vocational/technical education, gifted and talented services, and before- and after-school care/programs as needed.
- have disagreements with the school settled quickly and go to the school they choose while disagreements are settled. Washington State has a uniform policy and procedure for dispute resolution. See below for a link to this service.
- a free Child Find evaluation to assess developmental status.What is a Child Find Screening
The Deer Park School District No. 414, an Equal Opportunity Employer, complies with all state and federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate with respect to race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, marital status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, and equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. This holds true for all district employment and opportunities.
Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the school district’s Title IX and Affirmative Action Officer, and Section 504/ADA Coordinator:
Greg Swartz – (students and public)
Jill Christiansen – (applicants and employees)
Chris Snyder – (Title IX)
Or call 509-464-5500