Changes to Your Housing?
Michelle Gascon, our district Homeless Liaison, shares important information about student rights and available services during times of housing instability or disruption in this five minute Housing Update video.
HEART (Hope, Equity, Access, Resilience, Thrive)
Under the guidance of the Mckinney-Vento Act, Evergreen Public Schools supports students who find themselves in housing situations that are temporary or transitional and have become homeless.
Eligibility for the Program
Any child or youth, including unaccompanied youth, who lack a fixed, regular, or adequate nighttime residence is considered homeless and is eligible for assistance and services through the Mckinney-Vento program. This includes children and youth who are temporarily doubled up or couch surfing with others due to economic hardship, those who are living temporarily in motels, campgrounds, emergency shelters, cars, or other similar settings, and those in transitional housing programs. This also includes youth who are not in the physical custody of a parent or legal guardian who are living in one of the situations listed above.
Educational Rights of Children and Youth in Transition
To remove barriers to education and to provide educational stability and support, students in the program are entitled to:
Receive a free, appropriate public education
Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment
Either enroll in their neighborhood school, or continue attending their school or origin (the school they attended when last permanently housed, or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is the preference and feasible. If the school district believes that the school you select is not in the best interest of your children, then the district must provide you with a written explanation of its position and inform you of your right to appeal its decision (see Dispute Resolution Policy below).
Receive transportation to and from the school of origin
Services for McKinney-Vento Students:
Free meals at school
Transportation to and from school of origin
Access to basic needs items and school supplies
Fee waivers for school related activities and sports
Connections to community resources
If you are in an unstable housing situation, please contact your school counselor or FCRC. You can find a list of all schools with a Family and Community Resource Coordinator here.
Please also contact the district liaison or clerk using our contact information below:
Unaccompanied Youth Advocate Middle Schools
(360) 604-1001 ext. 9711
Unaccompanied Youth Advocate Heritage High School
(360) 604-1001 ext. 7824
Unaccompanied Youth Advocate HeLa, Mt. View, Union
Additional Information on the Mckinney-Vento Act from OSPI here.
Dispute Resolution Policy: Should there be a disagreement between the district and parent or unaccompanied youth in response to Mckinney-Vento eligibility or school selection, the parent or youth has the right to dispute the district's decisions or recommendations on eligibility or school selection. This process can be found here.