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Homeless Education - McKinney-Vento


The goal of SIA is to keep students in school who find themselves in temporary or transitional housing during the school year.

You and/or your family are considered "homeless" if you are:

  • Living in a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground;

  • Living on the street;

  • Living in an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodation;

  • Doubled up with friends or relatives due to loss of housing, economic need or similar reason;

Homeless students have the choice of remaining in the school they have been attending at the time the became homeless or enrolling in a school near their temporary housing. In either case, homeless students are guaranteed transportation, even between school districts.

For questions about McKinney-Vento, please contact our McKinney-Vento Coordinator Nate Pelton (K-5 Associate Principal at 509-209-8730, or

For enrollment and transportation support, please contact Russ Battiata (Director of Operations) at 509-209-8730 or

Know Your Rights

Homeless students have certain rights under Federal law, including:

  • The right to go to school and receive the services you need, just like other students;

  • The right to continue in the school you were in before you became homeless, if you want to;

  • The right to continue in the same school you are in if you are homeless now;

  • The right to transportation to school, according to current transportation guidelines;

  • The right to enroll and attend classes without giving a permanent address;

  • The right to enroll and attend classes even if you are missing documents usually required for enrollment.

Helpful Resources

SIA Housing Questionnaire Form

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children & Youth

National Center for Homeless Education

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction - Homeless Education Page

National Center on Family Homelessness

Spokane Cares

Spokane Housing Authority


Fig Tree Resources Directory

Schoolhouse Connection


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