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Homeless Services

Elmo's Message to Children and Parents Experiencing Homelessness

Homeless Educational Organizations: State & National:

Policy 3115 Homeless Students - Enrollment Rights and Services - Admission and Attendance

Policy 3115 Procedure - Homeless Students - Enrollment Rights and Services

Dispute Resolution Process (OSPI)

Families In Transition Program

Are you struggling to find permanent housing due to financial difficulties? The Families In Transition Program can help your child maintain their school stability and can help connect your family to resources. If any of the following circumstances are true, your children may qualify for McKinney-Vento supports through the South Whidbey School District:

Are you currently:

  • Couch surfing (moving from place to place to sleep),
  • Doubled up with friends or relatives due to financial hardship,
  • A teen living on your own,
  • At risk of losing your home,
  • Living without plumbing or electricity,
  • Living in a hotel or motel, vehicle or campground,
  • Living in a shelter, or
  • Living on the street?

If you are coming out of one of the above situations and have moved to your own place after the school year has started, you are eligible through the end of the school year that you moved into stable housing.

If you can answer “yes” to any of these living situations, please contact Mary Michell, by calling or emailing. She will reply promptly to any voice message or email and is happy to connect you to resources both in the school and in the community! 

Mary Michell (Pronouns: She/Her)

SWSD McKinney-Vento/Foster Liaison

Phone: (360) 221-6808 ext. 4320

Email: mmichell@sw.wednet.edu

Center Hours: 9 - 4 Monday - Thursday

McKinney - Vento students have the right to:

  • Go to school, no matter where you live or how long you have lived there.
  • Enroll in school without giving a permanent address.
  • Enroll in school immediately even if you don't have all the necessary documents.
  • Continue in the school you attended before you became homeless, or the school you last attended, if that is your choice and if it is a reasonable option.
  • Receive free meals at school.
  • Receive transportation to the school you attended before you became homeless, or the school you last attended, if it is a reasonable option.
  • Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other children served in these programs