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.
Kala Odem 
District Liason

Kelso School District
(360) 501-1316 
               Sarah Rice
               KHS Liasion
               (360) 501-1845 
                Julie Chrest
                HMS Liasion
                (360) 501-1718
                  Liz Hockett
                  CMS Liasion
                  (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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