USD 383's McKinney-Vento
Families in Transition (FIT) Program
The federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento full text) requires school districts to help school age children and their families who are experiencing homelessness. The law protects the rights of children and youth who are homeless to go to school and ensures them of equal access to a quality education.
In USD383’s FIT program, identification is usually made through a parent self-identification form that is a part of the enrollment packet or through reporting by school staff. Preliminary identification is based on any one of the following circumstances:
- Sharing housing with others due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason.
- Living in a motels, hotels, RV trailer parks or campgrounds due to loss of job, loss of housing, economic hardship, etc.
- Living in an unsheltered situation (e.g. parks, cars, public spaces, abandoned buildings, bus or train stations, or other places not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
- Living in an emergency shelter or transitional housing for the homeless.
- Living in substandard housing.
- A student living independently without parent support (includes children who have been abandoned, who run away from home or were forced to leave home). This may also, in some circumstances, include children living with adults who do not have legal custody.
- Migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described above.
Basic services provided (as needed) by the USD383 FIT program can include but are not limited to:
- Ensuring students are enrolled in school immediately, even if they do not have the papers they would normally need;
- Help families and youth get school records, immunizations, immunization records or other medical records, if a student needs them.
- Provide expedited evaluations to ensure proper placement.
- Provide transportation to “school of origin” for students as necessary.
- Provide tutoring, supplemental instruction, and enriched educational services to include before-and after-school, mentoring, and summer programs as necessary and available to ensure academic success.
- Provide school supplies, clothing and other essentials necessary for full participation in class.
- Ensure students get medical, dental, mental, and other health services as necessary to ensure full participation in school.
- Provide coordination with community agencies providing services to homeless children and their families.
- Provide other extraordinary or emergency assistance needed to enable homeless children and youth to attend school.
For more information on services and activities contact:
Cheryl McCormick, Social Worker
USD383 Families in Transition Coordinator
Woodrow Wilson Elementary School
312 N. Juliette Avenue
Manhattan, Kansas 66502