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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Homeless Student Support

McKinney-Vento Program

The McKinney-Vento Act is federal legislation that has been in effect since 1987 to support children and youth experiencing homelessness. The McKinney-Vento Act defines children and youth who are homeless as 'individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.' The act ensures homeless children and youth enroll 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.

Enrollment Rights & Services 

To access services, please speak with the school counselor or McKinney-Vento building designee. If they are unavailable, please contact the McKinney-Vento Family Support Liaison Antonio Lewis at 206-631-3256. You may also fill out the student housing questionnaire and return to your student's school.

Student Housing Questionnaire     

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District & State Policies 

Highline Public Schools 

  • Policy 3115: Homeless Students: Enrollment Rights & Services

  • Procedure 3115P: Homeless Students: Enrollment, Services & Dispute Process 

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Contact

Highline Public Schools

Antonio Lewis
McKinney-Vento Family Support Liaison
206-631-3256

School Designees

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

Melinda Dyer
Program Manager, Homeless Children and Youth
360-725-6505