Homeless Students

Homeless Students and Their Families

To the extent practical and as required by law, the district will work with homeless students and their families to provide stability in school attendance and other services. Special attention will be given to ensuring the enrollment and attendance of homeless students not currently attending school. Homeless students will be provided district services for which they are eligible, including Head Start and comparable pre-school programs, Title I, similar state programs, special education, bilingual education, vocational and technical education programs, Highly Capable student programs, and school nutrition programs.

Homeless students are defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act as “lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence,” including:

A. Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing or economic hardship;
B. Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
C. Living in emergency or transitional shelters;
D. Being abandoned in hospitals;
E. Awaiting foster care placement;
F. Living in public or private places not designed for/or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations for human beings;
G. Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, transportation stations, or similar settings;
H. Immigrant eligibility for McKinney-Vento services is determined by the local liaison on a case-by-case basis.

District Liaison for Homeless Students:  Tracey MacLachlan
Planning Principal, Columbia River Gorge Elementary School
Washougal School District Office

Please click to read Board Policy 3115, covering Enrollment Rights and Services for Homeless Students.

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