• McKinney-Vento Act - Students Experiencing Homelessness



    Bremerton School District's homeless program ensures students have access to education and can fully participate in school.  We encourage student's education by removing barriers that would limit their ability to fully engage and participate in school activities and events.  We strive to partner with families to stay involved in their student's education by providing resources and community referrals to assist with educational support services and basic needs.


    If you lost your housing and now live in a shelter, motel, vehicle, camping ground, or temporary trailer; on the street; doubled-up with family or friends due to loss of housing or economic hardship; or in another type of temporary or inadequate housing, your child might be able to receive help through a federal law called the McKinney-Vento Act.

    Your family may be eligible for services under this federal program if you live in any of the following conditions:
    • Unsheltered, living in a vehicle of any kind, park, campground, bus/train station, abandoned building, without running water/electricity, abandoned in a hospital, or inadequate housing accommodations
    • Temporarily living with another person due to loss of housing, economic hardship or similar reason
    • Hotel/motel
    • Emergency or transitional shelter
    • Children who are not living with a parent or legal guardian
    McKinney-Vento eligible students have the right to:
    • Receive a free public education
    • Immediate enrollment in school, even if you lack documents required for enrollment
    • Attend classes while the school gathers your missing documents
    • Enroll in the school closest to you or the school you were last enrolled in (school of origin) even if you have been forced to relocate
    • Receive transportation to and from your school of origin
    • Receive all the same educational services other students receive, even if you can't pay
    • Participate in before and after school programs
    • Receive counseling
    • Receive free breakfast and lunch
    • Participate in special education, bilingual, vocational and gifted programs as qualified
    • Receive school supplies
    • Receive evaluation for any disabilities
    • Receive support from the Bremerton School District McKinney-Vento Liaison - Julie Fairall
    View the following documents for services and more information about your rights:
    For more information about this federal program, please visit the Homeless Education section of the OSPI website or contact by email mckinneyvento@k12.wa.us or phone 360-725-6505.  
    Contact your local school's interventionist or counselor (shown below) and/or our Homeless Liaison, Julie Fairall, in our Special Programs Department at 360-473-1077.
     School  Counselor/Interventionist
     Armin Jahr

     Valerie Walston  

     Crownhill     Johanna Cox
     Kitsap Lake  John Bieker
     Naval Avenue  Anthony Avenson
     View Ridge  Kim McClure
     West Hills S.T.E.M. Caitlin Clemons
     Bremerton High School  
     Grade 10-12 last name (A-F)  Melanie Fleites
     Grade 10-12 last name (G-M)  Cynthia Kapsch
     Grade 10-12 last name (N-Z)  Darence Shine
     Grade 9   Lisa LeSueur
     Mountain View Middle School  
    Grade 6  Karla Polillo
     Grade 7  Dean Wagner
     Grade 8  Kasia Rosque
     Renaissance High School