Children and youth experiencing homelessness lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence which includes living in:

    • a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground
    • in an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations
    • doubled up with friends or relatives due to economic hardship
    • youth living apart from parent or legal guardian without permanent housing

    Students experiencing homelessness have certain rights or protections under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act. These rights include:

    • Attend school, no matter where you live or how long you have lived there.  Students must be given access to the same public education provided to other students
    • Receive transportation assistance to the school the student attended at the time the student became homeless or the school within the boundaries where the student is temporarily living
    • Participate in school programs with students who are not homeless.  Students cannot be separated from the regular school program because they are homeless
    • Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other students served in these programs

    If you have questions or need assistance, please contact your school's secretary, counselor or the Centennial SD Homeless Liaison, Lori Palmiter, 503-762-3632,  lori_palmiter@csd28j.org

    You may also complete the Student Support Survey which will be sent electronically to the Centennial SD Homeless Liaison who will get in contact with you.

    Student Support Survey