Homeless Education
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act requires that all schools provide homeless students with immediate access to an education, even if the child lacks school records, a birth certificate, medical/immunizations documents, or proof of residency. The Wichita Public Schools has a strong commitment to ensure that all homeless children and youth receive a meaningful opportunity to enroll and attend all public schools in the district. The Wichita Public Schools McKinney-Vento Office acts as a resource for homeless families and school personnel facing questions or assistance related to homeless children and youth so that they can overcome obstacles and barriers.  The program provided services to over 2700 students in 2013-2014 school year.  If you would like more information about the McKinney-Vento Homeless program contact the McKinney-Vento Liaison, Cynthia Martinez.  
McKinney-Vento Receives "Good Apple Award"
Cynthia Martinez, McKinney-Vento Liaison nominated her staff for the fall 2014 "Good Apple Award." The McKinney-Vento staff received the award at the Good Apple Awards held at North High. The staff goes above and beyond in assisting families in the program so that their children and youth can overcome obstacles and barriers to an education.
The staff provides excellent customer service to families, staff and community agencies so that services can be provided. It is through their dedication and support that we can offer our families hope while they are in transition.
The staff often adjusts their time and schedules to meet the needs of the families. This could be by doing home visits, providing transportation to conferences, assisting them with parent meetings or getting them the necessary items such as clothing, food and school supplies.
The best thing about this staff is that they work together as a team. Even though they are assigned to families they often step in to help each other when needed. The team often works under crisis mode to assist the families, but continues to do what they need to do to help the students be successful in school. All contacts are immediate and the staff does an awesome job in making sure that the students are identified and services are offered within 24 hours. Last year we provided services to over 2,700 students.
This team is AWESOME!

Michelle Drake, Jessica Lea - Social Workers
Ximena Vilvarde - Language Support
Barbara Peterson - Familly Engagement
Maria Arroryo - Title III Office Assistant
Louisa Arellano - Case Manager / 0-4 Contact
Daisy Rojas - Data Intake Aide
Hayley Shahankary - AmeriCorps VISTA

Hayley Shakankary is our 2015-16 AmeriCorps VISTA. She will be focusing on assisting with the 0-4 program, unaccompanied youth and building partnerships within the community to provide resources, volunteers and donations to the program. If you are interested in helping the program you may contact her at 973-4623 or emaill her at hshankary@usd259.net.
McKinney-Vento Services
The McKinney-Vento Program provides services to families to overcome the obstacles and barriers so that their children and youth can be successful in school. If you or you know of anyone who is temporarily living in any of the following situations due to economic hardship, eviction or loss of housing they may qualify for our services. These families do not have a regular night time residence of their own.

Families are temporarily:
  • doubled up living with a friend or relative
  • staying in a motel or hotel
  • living in an emergency, transitional or domestic violence shelter
  • living in a car, public place abandoned building or campground

Unaccompanied youth are youth who are living on their own without parental or guardian support. They are often "Couch Surfing" going from place to place or may be living in any of the above situations.

Contact our office if you or someone you know may need our services.

McKinney-Vento Homeless Program
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Program office is located in the Alvin Morris Administration Building at 201 N. Water, Room 520, Parents, staff and the community may contact the office for assistance and resources for homeless children and youth. The office number is 316.973.4670 or email Cynthia at cmartinez@usd259.net.
Homeless Education Liaison-Cynthia Martinez.
Web Pages
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Forms related to the McKinney-Vento Program
Posters and flyers may be posted at schools or in the Wichita Community serving students in USD 259.
Publications, flyers and resources for the homeless education program

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