Educational Services for Children and Youth in Temporary Housing
Donna Butera

Donna Butera
Donna Butera


Dee Faiman

Dee Faiman
Dee Faiman
541-461-6424 ext. 2526


Students who live in temporary housing due to economic hardship or a similar hardship have additional education rights under the McKinney-Vento Act (MVA). The MVA ensures that children and youth are provided a free, appropriate public education, despite lack of a fixed place of residence. Youth who are not living with a parent or legal guardian, including runaways, may also qualify for these services.

To learn more about who qualifies and services available:

Examples of temporary housing include:

  • Temporarily staying with friends or relatives
  • Living in a motel or shelter
  • Living in a camper, RV, or automobile
  • Couch surfing
  • Staying in a structure not designed for long-term residency
  • Unhoused

Student Rights under the MVA include:

  • Staying in their current school even if they move
  • Immediate enrollment in the neighborhood school where they are currently staying, even if lacking proof of residency, guardian signature, immunizations, or other relevant documents
  • Assistance with transportation to school
  • Free breakfast and lunch
  • Full participation in all education programs for which they are otherwise eligible

Services for Students in Temporary Housing Include:

  • Enrollment assistance
  • Transportation assistance to school of origin
  • School supplies
  • Help obtaining basic needs such as personal care items, clothing, food and medical care
  • Referrals to local resources and programs
  • A McKinney-Vento Liaison to help coordinate services to families and promote contact between family and school
  • Assistance with a dispute resolution process

Responsibilities of Students and Parents

  • Regular school attendance
  • Maintain contact with school personnel to ensure optimal progress

Contact us with further questions!

  • Your McKinney Liaison for the Bethel School District is Donna Butera 541-607-1463.


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