K-12 students experiencing homelessness, a minority among all Washingtonians experiencing homelessness, still have a tragically large presence – over 37,000 students were counted as experiencing homelessness in the 2021-2022 school year. And it is likely that more experience challenges, as these students are historically undercounted due to lack of awareness and stigma that prevents self-identification.
These students have the right to an education, and stabilizing resources that school can bring. As mandated by the McKinney-Vento Act, students deserve access to transportation, study and extracurricular accommodations, and basic needs fulfillment to ensure they can achieve their educational goals.
As service providers to families experiencing homelessness and unaccompanied minors, we know that helping students get their needs met can be tough sometimes! That’s why we at the Coalition, in partnership with Building Changes, are providing a training that accomplishes the following:
- To provide a basic overview of the McKinney-Vento Act and what it requires of each school district
- To highlight the rights of children and youth experiencing homelessness
- To establish the unique needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness, and define strategies to meet those needs
- To assemble a space for King County service providers from different backgrounds to network, collaborate, and share solutions
This annual training will be held on Tuesday, August 1st at 9am on Zoom. Register at this link to join us!
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