Students experiencing homelessness

The McKinney-Vento Act protects the educational rights of homeless children and youth.  Many children and families who are eligible for help do not consider themselves homeless.  The definition of homelessness under the Act includes, but is not limited to, children or youth in these circumstances or settings:

  • Children or youth in shelters or transitional housing.
  • Children or youth living in parks, public spaces, vehicles, abandoned buildings, or other places not meant for people to live.
  • Children or youth doubled-up or couch- surfing due to loss of housing or economic hardship.
  • Children or youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations.
  • Unaccompanied children or youth (i.e. not in the physical custody of their parents or guardians).

We know that many families in our community experience setbacks and difficulties from time to time.  While we try and work together to get stable family housing, schools can also help families by providing many resources to decrease the demands on the family that are associated with school.  Students should not feel like they can’t participate in activities or events due to lack of funds.  Schools can provide resources to make sure that our students are welcome active participants in their educational experiences.  If you are working with families experiencing homelessness please direct them to their school principal or the Longview Public Schools McKinney-Vento Coordinator to make sure that students have access to the resources they need.

Resources available to students

  • ›Running Start, Advanced Placement, and College in the High School fees
  • ›Running Start textbooks
  • On-line classes
  • ›Individual tutoring
  • Materials fees for classes
  • Extended day classes
  • Band/Music fees and instrument rental
  • ›Sports fees
  • Uniforms: choir, sports, cheerleading
  • ›Fees for leadership camp DECA fees