Homeless Student Support
North Kitsap School District is dedicated to ensuring that every child has access to quality education, regardless of their housing situation. Under the McKinney-Vento Act, a federal law established in 1987, the district has implemented the McKinney-Vento Program to support children and youth experiencing homelessness. This program aims to provide vital resources and assistance to students who lack permanent housing, enabling them to enroll, thrive, and succeed in school.
Students living in any of the following situations may be entitled to additional support:
- Hotels, motels, cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, bus or train stations.
- Transitional housing, emergency or domestic violence shelters.
- Doubled up with other families or relatives due to loss of housing or affordable housing.
- Without the support or in the physical custody of parents/guardians.
Students living in homeless situations have the right to:
- Continue at the school they attended (referred to as the school of origin) before they became homeless, or the school in which they were last enrolled.
- Get help with school enrollment, even if they lack normally required documents, such as immunization records or proof of residence.
- Get transportation to and from their school of origin.
- Free school meals.
- Get help with school fees including field trips, physical education fees, lab fees and other school fees.
- Get help obtaining extra academic supports and school supplies.
- Get help connecting to social service agencies in the community.
To access services, please speak with a counselor or school principal. If they are unavailable, please contact the McKinney-Vento District Liaison Beth Bourque at (360) 396-3023.