Skip To ContentSkip To Content

    Students and Families Experiencing Homelessness

    Seattle Public Schools homeless program ensures students have access to education and can fully participate in school. We encourage student’s education by removing barriers that would limit their ability to fully engage and participate in school activities and events. We strive to partner with families to stay involved in their student's education by providing resources and community referrals to assist with educational support services and basic needs.

    Students who are experiencing homelessness have the right to remain in their school of origin or enroll in the local attendance area school nearest to their nighttime residence. Upon request, transportation is provided to students and youth if qualified according to district transportation standard. Transportation requests may be made by:

    • calling the McKinney-Vento Program at 206-252-0660 or directly contacting your Regional Support Specialist.
    Your McKinney-Vento Regional Support Specialist can be found here: MKV Regional Support Specialists.

    How are students considered homeless?

    A student or their family is considered homeless according to the McKinney-Vento Act's definition of homelessness.

    McKinney-Vento Definition of homelessness

    Individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

    • Sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason.
    • Living in emergency shelter or transitional housing.
    • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations.
    • Living in a public or private place not designed for or regularly used as accommodations.
    • Living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.

    Homeless Unaccompanied Youth
    A child or youth experiencing homelessness not in the physical custody of a parent or legal guardian is considered an Unaccompanied Youth.

    School Enrollment for students experiencing homelessness:

    Seattle Public Schools Admissions Center introduced an online enrollment registration for new students in August, 2017. Parents and unaccompanied youth may enroll for the current school year online or in-person at the John Stanford Center, 2445 3rd Ave. So. Seattle, WA 98134. Click Enroll My Student to learn about the online student registration process.

    Know Your Rights

    McKinney-Vento eligible students have the right to:

    • receive a free, appropriate public education;
    • enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment, or having missed application or enrollment deadlines during any period of homelessness;
    • enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents;
    • continue attending the school of origin, or enroll in the local attendance area school if attending the school of origin is not in the best interest of the student or is contrary to the request of the parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth;
    • receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested by the parent or guardian, or by the local liaison on behalf of an unaccompanied youth; and
    • receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to each student’s need.
    • If the school district assigns your child to a school other than the school of your choice, you have the right to a written explanation and the right to appeal that decision.

    McKinney-Vento Dispute Resolution

    • If you disagree with school placement, transportation, or other provisions of support, you may request the McKinney-Vento Dispute Resolution process.
    • While a dispute over your enrollment is being resolved you have the right to enroll in the school chosen.

    Click here McKinney-Vento Dispute Resolution forms or call the McKinney-Vento office at 206-252-0660 to request a McKinney-Vento Dispute Resolution Process packet. Once forms are completed, submit to the District Homeless Liaison, Tyra Williams, at twilliams@seattleschools.org.

    Office hours:
    Monday - Friday:  7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Main Office:
    206-252-0660
    mkv@seattleschools.org

    Tyra Williams
    McKinney-Vento Liaison/Program Manager
    206-252-0857
    twilliams@seattleschools.org

    McKinney-Vento Team:

    Jolene Taylor
    McKinney-Vento Coordinator
    206-252-0955
    jetaylor@seattleschools.org

    Paula Murray
    McKinney-Vento Family Support
    206-252-0629
    pemurray@seattleschools.org

    Angel Graves
    Central Regional Support Specialist
    206-252-0840
    acgraves@seattleschools.org

    Mehret Tekle
    NE & NW Regional Support Specialist
    206-252-0952
    metekle@seattleschools.org

    Antonious Dean
    SE Regional Support Specialist
    206-252-0768
    aldean@seattleschools.org

    TBD
    West Regional Support Specialist
    206-252-0660
    mkv@seattleschools.org