In Need of Support?

Students and Parents; are you In need of assistance?  From food to housing and everything in between.  Information can be found here. 
 Staff training video:  Identification of children who may be experiencing Homelessness.  Watch here.
Training Powerpoint
 Training Powerpoint, found here
Homeless or in between foster care assignments--We can help!
The McKinney-Vento Act is federal legislation that has been in effect since 1987 to support children and youth experiencing homelessness. The McKinney-Vento Act defines ‘homeless children and youth’ as individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The intent of the McKinney-Vento Act is to ensure homeless children and youth enroll and succeed in school.
Students living in any of the following situations may be entitled to additional support:
  • In a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground
  • On the street
  • In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations (lack of heat, water, etc.)
  • Doubled up with friends or relatives because you cannot find or afford housing
Students living in homeless situations have a right to:
  • Get help with enrolling in school from the district liaison or other school contact to continue academic success
  • Continue in the school they attended (referred to as the school of origin) before they became homeless or the school they last attended, if that is the parent’s choice and is feasible
  • Get transportation to and from the school of origin
  • Receive free school meals
  • Receive additional services such as ELL, Special Education, Title 1, preschool, Quest (gifted), career / technical education
Dispute Resolution Process (here)
For more information:
Contact information
For more information about Kelso School District’s Homeless Services, or to request specific support for a homeless student, visit your local school or contact the district homeless/foster care liaison.
Don Iverson
District Liaison 
Kelso School District
(360) 501-1905
               Sarah Rice
               KHS Liaison
               (360) 501-1845 
                Julie Chrest
                HMS Liaison
                (360) 501-1718
                  Liz Hockett
                  CMS Liaison
                  (360) 501-1753 

Additional information about homeless services is available through:
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Melinda Dyer
Program Manager, Homeless Children and Youth
(360) 725-6050





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Kelso School District #458 complies with all federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups listed in Title 36 of the United States Code. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Tim Peterson, Director of Human Resources, the school district's Title VII Officer and ADA Coordinator. People of disability may request reasonable accommodation in the hiring process by contacting, Tim Peterson, Director of Human Resources, 601 Crawford Street, Kelso, WA 98626 or (360) 501-1924.

Inquiries regarding compliance procedures regarding students may be directed to Don Iverson, Director of Student Services, the school district’s Title IX Coordinator or Denise Freund, Director of Special Programs, the school district’s Section 504 Coordinator, 601 Crawford Street, Kelso, WA 98626 (360) 501-1900.