In an effort to strengthen education support for students who find themselves and their families in temporary homeless circumstances, the U.S. Federal Government has passed the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11431). The term "homeless children and youth" means individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. This includes students living:
- in a shelter
- in a hotel or motel due to lack of an alternative accommodation
- in a transitional housing shelter / program
- in a car/RV, park, abandoned building, bus/train station, or public space
- in a campground or inadequate trailer home
- doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship
- on their own as an unaccompanied youth (not the physical custody of their parent or guardian) in one of the above situations
Students living in the above situations have the right to:
- receive a free, appropriate public education
- enroll in school, even if lacking documents normally required
- enroll in the local school; or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled)
- receive transportation to and from the school of origin
- receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to your children's needs
To access these services, please contact your building McKinney-Vento point person or the district McKinney-Vento Liaison.
If you wish to refer yourself or someone else for McKinney-Vento (MV) services, please fill out the McKinney-Vento Notification Form. A member of the RSD MV team will follow up on the information provided.
Students not in the physical custody of their parent or guardian may qualify for McKinney-Vento services and have the same rights and access to services as other eligible youth, including enrollment.
Caregivers for unaccompanied youth, such as relatives and friends, may benefit from accessing kinship resources in King County.
Dispute Resolution Process
Disputes about eligibility, enrollment, or school selection will be resolved through the OPSI Dispute Resolution Process. Students have a right to attend the school of their choice while a dispute over their enrollment or school selection is being resolved. To request information about the Dispute Resolution Process, please contact the district McKinney-Vento Liaison.