Homeless Student and Family Support

Our district welcomes all families and knows that an equitable system requires extra support for some families.  To meet that need, we provide services and support to the McKinney Vento / Foster Care students in our district, including the coordination of transportation to and from school  

Families who are experiencing homelessness are invited to contact Nicole Mortimer, Family & Student Services Coordinator, at (360) 488-6399 or nmortimer@asd103.org, for more information. 
MCKINNEY-VENTO ACT OF 1987

The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law that defines rights and services for children and youth experiencing homelessness. Homeless children and youth are individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The intent of the law is to ensure that students are able to access public education with as few barriers as possible.
Students living in any of the following situations may be entitled to additional support:

  • In a shelter, motel, trailer park, vehicle or campground
  • Doubled up with friends or relatives due to loss of housing or economic hardship
  • In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodation (lack of water, heat, etc.)
  • Abandoned in a hospital
  • On the street

Students living in homeless situations have a right to:

  • Receive enrollment help from a district liaison or other school contact;
  • Continue to attend the school of origin or the last school attended, if feasible;
  • Receive transportation services to and from the school of origin;
  • Receive additional services for which they qualify such as English Language Learners, Special Education, Title 1, HiCap (gifted & talented), career and technical education, or preschool
DISTRICT RESOURCES

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR MCKINNEY-VENTO

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?

Anacortes School District Contact:

Nicole Mortimer
Family & Student Services Coordinator
(360) 488-6399
nmortimer@asd103.org

Washington State Contact:

Melinda Dyer
Program Supervisor, Education of Homeless Children & Youth
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
(360) 725-6050 or TTY (360) 664-3631
Melinda.Dyer@k12.wa.us


For a complete copy of procedural safeguards and student and parent rights, please contact the Inclusive Services office:

Shannon Gilbert
Director of Inclusive Services
(360) 503-1216
sgilbert@asd103.org



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