• 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

    Questions:

    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 kortiz@pmschools.org

    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 jlukas@pmschools.org

    At that time if your problem is not resolved you will receive detailed information on how to file a dispute with the State.