"Students in Transition"
Students in Transition
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.
Any child or youth, including unaccompanied youth, who lacks 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 sharing housing 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, 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 transition are entitled to:
- Receive a free, appropriate public education
- Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment
- Attend classes while the school gathers needed documents
- 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, if requested
- Receive educational services comparable to those provided to any other student, according to your child's needs
If you are in an unstable housing situation, please contact your school counselor or FCRC. We will work with you to keep your child in their home school, if at all possible, or connect you with another district if needed. You can find a list of all schools with a Family and Community Resource Coordinator here.
Please also contact the district liaison or clerk, contact information is as follows:
Students in Transition Clerk
Additional Information on the Mckinney-Vento Act from OSPI here.
School Board Policy: To the extent practical and as required by law, the Evergreen School District will work with homeless students and their families to provide stability in school attendance and other services. This policy can be viewed 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.