What is the McKinney-Vento Assistance Act?
We encourage our parents to become familiar with the types of assistance that are provided by the school district through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. After reviewing the details within the informational brochure our parents will have the information they need to support their decisions.
How does the Patchogue-Medford support the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act?
The Patchogue-Medford School District supports the educational progress of our homeless children through the implementation of The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. To ensure that our families receive the supports that are available as defined by the Act, our homeless liaison and administrative team is responsible for:
- Facilitating the immediate identification of homeless students.
- Ensuring that homeless students are immediately enrolled in school.
- Arranging for school transportation.
- Providing assistance with the securing of clothing, if necessary through the use of our Family Center.
- Providing students and unaccompanied youths with school supplies, if necessary.
- Providing families and unaccompanied youths with the support that may be necessary with securing required documentation such as birth certificates, immunization records, medical records and school transcripts.
- Referring homeless children, youths, unaccompanied youths and families to medical, dental and other health services.
- Providing counseling and support services as needed.
- Resolving any disputes between the school, the families and unaccompanied youths.
Additional Information and Links
Information on the State’s efforts to support homeless families and youths http://www.nysteachs.org
Title 1 and Homeless Students The McKinney Vento Law into practice http://www.serve.org/nche/downloads/briefs/titlei.pdf
If you have any questions regarding The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act or how to access supports please contact: Kelvin Ortiz Districtwide Homeless Liaison Phone 631687-6430 or email@example.com
Concerns and Disputes
If you have any concerns or would like to dispute the level of services you have received regarding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act please contact: Jessica Lukas, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent of Special Education and Pupil Services at 631-687-6440 or firstname.lastname@example.org
At that time if your problem is not resolved you will receive detailed information on how to file a dispute with the State.