McKinney-Vento/Foster Care Program

McKinney-Vento Program

 

Students and Families Experiencing Homelessness

The goal of Sequim School District’s McKinney-Vento Program is to keep students in school and promote their academic, physical, social and emotional success and growth. We also want to assist families in staying involved in their children's education and reducing risks they may face.

You and/or your family are considered "homeless" if you are:

  • Doubled up with friends or relatives because you can't find or afford housing
  • Living in a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground
  • Living on the street
  • Living in an abandoned building, mobile trailer, or other inadequate accommodation

Students who are experiencing homelessness have the choice of remaining in the school you have been attending at the time you became homeless or enrolling in a school near your temporary housing. In either case, you are guaranteed transportation, even between school districts.

Other Program Services:

  • Connect students and their parents with other programs and resources available inside and outside of Sequim Schools to help stabilize and support the students and/or family through their transition
  • Help school staff locate and compile records for students who are in transition or temporary living arrangement while they are attending Sequim School District
  • Communicate with schools about students in their building to support students, staff and parents with issues that pertain to students who are in transition when deemed necessary to support their social, emotional, physical or academic needs.
  • Group Workshops and college-visits with secondary level students who are interested in Higher Education
  • Tangible support (clothes, back packs, supplies, emergency shelter amenities, transportation assistance)
  • Financial Support to participate fully in extracurricular activities

 

Are you a student who is not living with your parent or legal guardian? You may qualify for the McKinney-Vento Program as an Unaccompanied Homeless Youth. You can enroll without documentation or your legal guardian while we assist you in collecting information, records and documents.

For enrollment and transportation support, please contact your school and the McKinney-Vento District Liaison. 

For more information about resources and assistance available in the area please look at our Community Resources Page.

Be sure to connect with your building counselors to talk more about your student’s educational opportunities.

Know Your Rights

  • The right to continue in the school you were in before you became homeless, if you want to;
  • The right to continue in the same school you are in if you are homeless now;
  • The right to transportation to school, according to current District transportation guidelines;
  • The right to enroll and attend classes without giving a permanent address;
  • The right to enroll and attend classes even if you are missing documents usually required for enrollment;
  • The right to attend the school of your choice while a dispute over your enrollment is being resolved, or, if the school district sends your child to a school other than the school of your choice, you have the right to a written explanation and the right to appeal that decision.

Foster Care Program

Improving the Educational Outcomes of Children and Youth in Foster Care

Schools, child welfare agencies, communities, and families must work together to provide the equitable opportunities, specialized services, and useful supports that are essential for students in foster care to be successful in school and in life.

The Foster Care Program at OSPI supports students in foster care by encouraging innovative practices that reduce educational disruptions, strengthen school stability, and improve academic performance.

As part of the Student Support division, the Foster Care Education Program partners with educators, foster parents, social workers, state agencies, and advocates as they work to support the whole child through evidence-based, best-practices and collaboration.

If you or your student are in Foster Care please connect with our McKinney-Vento District Liaison at Sequim School District. 

 

Interested in helping our Students?...

Are you a community member looking to assist and support some of our most vulnerable students? If you want to make a monetary donation to this specific program, please make your check payable to Sequim School District with a Memo of Restricted Funds to McKinney-Vento Program. Donations can also be made to the Foster Care Transition Program.

Monetary Donations are used for:

Alternative transportation costs

ASB Cards

Cost of books and associated materials for alternative/online education programs offered through Sequim School District.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Graduation Costs

Driving Test Fees

Clothing & Hygienic Items

Phone Cards

Some items that could be donated in New or Like-New condition:

Notebooks

Gift Cards for PBIS and Incentive

Shoes and Sweatshirts

Hygienic items

If you are wanting to help but feel more comfortable donating to an Organization that serves our area please see our list of Community Resources!

Thank you so much for thinking of our students, our community and your support.




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