Homeless Education

Please contact Tanya English, Homeless Liaison, at 850-926-0065 ext 9901 or by email at tanya.english@wcsb.us or Cori Revell, Homeless Coordinator, at 850-926-0065 ext 9906 or by email at cori.revell@wcsb.us

McKinney-Vento Defined . . .

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, reauthorized by Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act, ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Who is homeless?

The term "homeless children and youth" means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This includes children and youths who are:

  1. sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason;
  2. living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations;
  3. living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement;
  4. living in a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for humans;
  5. living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.

Note: Migrant and Unaccompanied children & youth qualify if they live in any of the circumstances described above.

The School Board of Wakulla County is committed to providing children and youth with the services needed to ensure their success in school.

Homeless Education refers to those children and youth who are experiencing transitions in their home life. The purpose of this program is to offer the educational support needed to ensure academic success. Research proves that, regardless of the cause of homelessness, all homeless students benefit from continuity in their education. Therefore, in order to maximize their potential, the Homeless Education Program of Wakulla County Schools seeks to assist in removing barriers that impede their educational success by offering the needed educational services to the extent feasible.

Note: All such efforts are grounded in sensitivity and respect in order to keep the
academic well-being and best interest of the student in the forefront.

~ Best Practices In Homeless Education

The goals of the Homeless Education Program are to:

  • Identify all preschool (3 & 4 yrs. old) & school-aged students who are homeless or in transition.
  • Assist with school enrollment & transportation to school.
  • Remove barriers to their education.
  • Provide supplemental academic assistance (tutors).
  • Facilitate the student's ability to maintain a stable educational environment.
  • Make referrals for health & other services as needed by each child and family.

Educate district staff and the community about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and services provided by the WCSB Homeless Education Program. 

The following community resources are available to assist with housing, nutrition, employment, and other services: