Homeless Education Assistance

Homeless Education Liaison 
Annette Stewart

South Kitsap School District's School & Family Support Department can provide information to assist students who find themselves in temporary or transitional housing during the school year. We work closely with local shelter and housing providers, local community agencies and resources. Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF), Kitsap County and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction .

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act was authorized by Congress, December 2001, as part of the Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA) December 2015. The purpose of the Act is to remove barriers to education for homeless/transitional students and provide educational support and stability.

Who is eligible for Homeless (McKinney-Vento) Assistance and Services?
Any child or youth, including migrant and unaccompanied youth, who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence is considered homeless and McKinney-Vento eligible for assistance and services. This includes children and youth who are temporarily sharing housing with others due to loss of housing or economic hardship, those living in hotels, camping grounds, emergency shelters, cars, bus or train stations.

We provide assistance with:

  • Maintain attendance at the school of origin, or current school for the remainder of the current school year (if this is in the child's best interest and feasible) or enroll in the neighborhood school where currently residing.
  • Transportation assistance if needed.
  • Free food services.
  • Appropriate support programs for which they are eligible such as gifted, children with disabilities, vocational education and preschool.
  • Assistance obtaining records and documentation.
  • Academic assistance through the district's federally funded Title I program.
  • Parent or guardian involvement in school activities.

Additional support services

Staff & Community Homeless Information

Link to Policy 3115 Students Experiencing Homelessness - Enrollment Rights and Services