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A McKinney-Vento “homeless” student is a child or youth lacking a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. It includes those:

  • Sharing the housing of others due to a loss of housing or economic hardship, including foreclosure, eviction, and loss of job.
  • Living in motels, tents, RV parks or campgrounds due to a lack of other adequate or affordable options.
  • Living in emergency shelters.
  • Living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, bus stations, etc.
  • Living in places not designed or intended as sleeping accommodations for humans, or one that lacks adequate utility resources.
  • “Unaccompanied Youth” who are not in the physical company/custody of a parent or guardian.

The Liaison

  • Is available on school days to answer any question parents, students, or school staff may have.
  • Assists with immediate enrollment.
  • Coordinates with transportation.
  • Provides information about community resources for various needs.
  • Assists with obtaining needed documentation for the student’s file (birth certificates, social security cards, previous records, etc.).
  • Regularly communicates with families and school staff to ensure that homeless children are receiving needed services.

Child’s Rights

  • Attend their school of origin (“home school”) or the local attendance school.
  • Removal of barriers to enrollment and attendance.
  • Free breakfast and lunch.
  • Access to weekend backpack snacks.
  • In certain cases, transportation to and from school.
  • Priority in preschool, after-school and tutoring programs.
  • Assistance with the purchase of school clothing, PE uniforms, school supplies, caps and gowns, and field trip fees.
  • Referrals for school physicals, immunizations, dental and eye examinations.

Information regarding educational and related opportunities available to your students.

Windy Hancock

Windy Hancock

McKinney-Vento Coordinator

Windy Hancock directs the McKinney-Vento Program which assists USD 475 families and youth who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. School related services and referrals to community resources are offered to those living in transition or without homes.

Contact Information
Phone: 785-717-4581
Address: 300 West 9th Street, Junction City, Kansas 66441