Shelton's Homeless/McKinney-Vento Act Education

Homeless/McKinney-Vento Act Education

Homeless/McKinney-Vento Act Education

Removing and preventing educational barriers for students lacking a fixed, regular or adequate nighttime residence.


Contact us if you or your family live in any of the following situations:

  • In a shelter, transitional housing, motel, vehicle, campground, or on the street
  • In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations
  • Temporarily doubled up with friends or relatives because you lost your home, or cannot afford housing
  • Living as an unaccompanied youth without your parent or guardian
  • In the process of eviction or foreclosure
  • Migrant students in the above situations

Find out Housing Questionnaire here:
English: housing questionaire 2022-23.docx
Spanish: 2022.23 housing questionaire SPANISH.pdf

Educational Rights Of Children & Youth Experiencing Homelessness

Support Services

  • Immunization assistance
  • Enrollment assistance
  • Free meal registration
  • School supplies/backpacks
  • PE uniforms
  • Clothing support
  • Hygiene supplies
  • School fees
  • Field trip or camp expenses
  • Laundry support
  • Transportation to and from the school of origin
  • Access to rental and utility assistance
  • Referrals to basic services (food, shelter, medical assistance, etc.)
  • Bilingual support for Spanish speakers
  • FAFSA/WAFSA support
Educational Rights
You or your preschool and school-aged children have certain rights or protections under the McKinney-Vento Act.  You or your children have the right to:

  • Go to school, no matter where you live or how long you have lived there. They must be given access to the same public education, including preschool education, provided to other children.
  • Continue in the school your student attended before they became homeless, or the school they last attended, if that is your choice and is feasible. If a school sends your child to a school other than the one you request, the school must provide you with a written explanation and offer you the right to appeal the decision.
  • Receive transportation to the school they attended before your family became homeless, or the school they last attended, if you or a guardian request such transportation.
  • Attend a school and participate in school programs with children who are not homeless. Children cannot be separated from the regular school program because they are homeless.
  • Enroll in school without giving a permanent address. Schools cannot require proof of residency that might prevent or delay school enrollment.
  • Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other documents required for enrollment.
  • Enroll and attend classes while the school and you seek to resolve a dispute over enrolling your children.
  • Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other children served in these programs.
  • Receive transportation to school and to school programs.

McKinney-Vento Dispute Resolution

  • If you disagree with school placement, transportation, or other provisions of support, you may request the McKinney-Vento Dispute Resolution process.
  • While a dispute over your enrollment is being resolved you have the right to enroll in the school chosen.

You may download a 506-Native American Eligibility Certification Form in English or Spanish, or call the McKinney-Vento District Liaison at (360) 463-4061 to request a McKinney-Vento Dispute Resolution Process packet. Once forms are completed, submit to the District Homeless Liaison, at [email protected].

Washington State Education of Homeless Children and Youth Office at OSPI:  

McKinney-Vento Liaisons
Amanda Gonzales
[email protected]
(360) 463-4061

Darren Marshall
[email protected]
(360) 463-2823


Student & Family Resources
The Saint's Pantry
Turning Pointe
Crossroads Housing

  • 700 S. First St., Shelton, WA 98584
  • p: 360-426-1687
  • f: 360-427-8610

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT: Shelton School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:

Title IX Coordinator: Tabitha Whiting, Executive Dir. of Human Resources; 700 S. First Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-1687; Email: [email protected]

Section 504/ADA Coordinator: Ivy Kardes, Director of Special Services; 700 S. First Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-2151; Email: [email protected]

Civil Rights Compliance Coordinator: Tabitha Whiting, Executive Dir. of Human Resources; 700 S. First Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-1687; Email: [email protected]

Gender Inclusive School Coordinator: Rich Squire, Safety and Security Manager; 700 S. 1st Street; Shelton, WA 98584; 360-426-6322; Email: [email protected]

You can report discrimination and discriminatory harassment to any school staff member or to the district's Civil Rights Coordinator, listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint.

For a copy of your district’s nondiscrimination policy and procedure, contact your school or district office or view Policy and Procedure 3210 online here: Policy & Procedure - Shelton School District

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