• The Vashon Island School District supports students who are experiencing homelessness (as defined by Title X) and students who are in temporary foster care placement. This includes students living in shelter, transitional housing, temporary group homes, doubled-up with other families, moving from home to home, living unsheltered, living in a hotel or motel, or other temporary or inadequate nighttime accommodations due to financial or catastrophic circumstances (including domestic violence & fire).

    The District supports McKinney-Vento qualified students living with their families and students living on their own as unaccompanied youth (that is students living without the physical or financial support of their guardians or parents).

    If during the school year your family's housing situation changes, please complete a student housing questionaire from your school office.

    McKinney-Vento Students - Know Your Rights and Stay in School

    • Right to continue at School of Origin – even if students move outside of the school’s normal boundaries.
    • Right to Immediate Enrollment at new school that serves current address.
    • Right to Transportation Support to School of Origin when feasible.
    • Free nutrition services
    • No School Fees – including ASB, Parking, Field Trips, Physical Education Fees, Lab Fees, etc…
    • Help obtaining extra academic supports, school supplies, and basic clothing if needed
    • Help connecting to social service supports

    To access McKinney-Vento Services, students or guardians (or adults caring for unaccompanied youth) can speak with school counselors or the  District’s McKinney-Vento Liason, Jodi Burwell at (206) 463-8534. 

    If a parent/guardian or unaccompanied youth requests enrollment that the Vashon Island School District believes is not in the best interest of the student or there is a dispute over whether a student will receive transportation to the school he/she has request, enrollment and transportation dispute resolution information is available. 

    By self-identifying McKinney-Vento status, students get the support they need to stay in school! 

    Homeless Youth Handbook - Legal Issues and Options

    The Homeless Youth Handbook - Legal Issues and Options is a unique and comprehensive guide to the laws and other issues that affect homeless youth in the state of Washington.  The Handbook’s18 chapters cover topics from education, health care and housing to consumer and credit issues.  Available at: www.homelessyouthhandbook.org.

    Vashon Island School District Homeless Liaison

    Jodi Burwell
    Executive Assistant to the Superintendent 

    Additional information about homeless services is available through:

    Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
    Melinda Dyer
    Program Manager, Homeless Children and Youth