Homelessness - Students in Transition

  • Providing stability to students in transition.

    In accordance with the McKinney-Vento Act, the Othello School District support students who find themselves in housing situations that are short-term, temporary and transitional and students who have become homeless.


    Any child or youth, including unaccompanied youth, who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence is considered homeless and McKinney-Vento eligible for assistance and services. This includes children and youth who are temporarily sharing housing with others due to economic hardship, those who are living in motels, campgrounds, emergency shelters, cars, or other similar settings, and those in transitional housing programs.

    Educational Rights of Children and Youth in Transition

    To remove barriers to education and to provide educational stability and support students in transition are entitled to:

    • Maintain attendance at the school of origin or current school for the remainder of the current school year (if this is in the child’s best interest and feasible) or enroll in the neighborhood school where currently residing.
    • Transportation assistance if needed.
    • Free lunch
    • Appropriate support services such as tutoring, special education services, pre-school services and access to higher education
    • Assistance obtaining needed records and documentation, immediate enrollment
    • Assistance with needed supplies

    Please notify your child's school if you anticipate that you may lose your permanent housing. We will work with you to keep your child in their home school, if at all possible, or connect you with another district if needed.  For more information, contact the school counselor or the district Homeless Liaison, Carmela Porfirio, at 509-488-2659.