Information for Homeless

Title X
McKinney-Vento Act 
This act is designed to help students who are lacking a stable and adequate nighttime residence to maintain stability in their school with needed support and services.
Educationally qualifying the family for Homeless
  • Those who lack a fixed, adequate, stable nighttime residence.
  • Those sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing or economic hardship.
  • Those living in motels, trailer parks, camp grounds, cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard living conditions or a similar setting.
  • Those living in emergency shelter or transitional shelters.
  • Unaccompanied youth and/or migratory children living in the above conditions.
 
What is required of the school?
  • Have a designated homeless liaison who is in charge of getting support for identified students.
  • Set aside some of their Title I funds to serve Title X students.
  • Student must be allowed to enroll immediately, even if the required documents are not available.
  • Student must be signed up to receive free meals.
  • Student must be transported to the school of origin (if feasible).
  • Student must be allowed to participate in any program for which they qualify.

It is my job to document any student who meets the above qualifications. School staff, students, and families can help by filling out the referral form. Please send the form to me and I will validate if a student meets standards of the McKinney Vento Act. If you would like for me to contact a student or family, please do not hesitate to contact me. There are many agencies and personnel I can connect with to provide immediate assistance. 

Kaitlyn Birkhead 
District Social Worker & Homeless Liaison
1224 N. Husband St.
Stillwater, Ok 74074
Office: 405-533-6300
Mobile: 918-510-2520

 

For more information about homelessness and education please see:
National Center for Homeless Education 
1-800-308-2145

SPS S.T.A.R. (Supporting Transitions And Resiliency)

SPS STAR is an initiative to collect donations to help supply families in need of beds, furniture, cleaning supplies, household items, bedding, some clothing items, and other needs. Sometimes our needs may be higher in a certain area so if you have questions about what to donate, please let us know! SPS STAR serves families with students enrolled in the district with resources designed to help families provide, support, and care for their children. When our children are less worried about needs like toiletries to shower, doing laundry, food, or other basic needs it often allows them to focus on their education and be more successful in the classroom. 
For assistance from or to make a donation of items to SPS STAR, please can contact Diana Nolan at 405-463-9428 or Kaitlyn Birkhead at 918-510-2520. To make a monetary donation, please click click here.

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