The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act ensures educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness. It is the intent of Preston Public School District to provide all eligible students under this provision the equal opportunity to access educational services. Strict confidentiality procedures are followed and include a restricted access designation in the Student Information System. The indicator is placed in the enrollment record which may only be accessed by designated district personnel at the direction of the Homeless Liaison.
For the purposes of this regulation an eligible student is one who meets at least one of the following criteria:
- The family lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence
- Shares the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason(s)
- Lives in a motel, hotel, trailer park, or on camping grounds due to lack of other housing
- Lives in an emergency or transitional shelter
- Has a primary nighttime residence that is not a place for regular sleeping arrangements
- Lives in a car, park, public place abandoned building, or in substandard housing
If the student’s best interest supports enrollment in the school of origin, the district will ensure that transportation is provided, as follows:
- if the student continues to live in the area served by the district in which the school of origin is located, the district must provide or arrange for transportation to or from the school of origin.
- if the student continues his/her education in the school of origin but begins living in an area served by another district, the district of origin and the district in which the student is living must agree how to apportion responsibility and costs for providing transportation to and from the school of origin.
- if the districts can’t agree upon a method, responsibility and costs for transportation are shared equally.
All questions concerning student eligibility will be referred to the District Homeless Liaison, Kim McCullah.
The Special Services department is here to serve students who qualify under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which ensures that all children with disabilities have access to a free and appropriate public education.
Search/Find/Serve – IDEA/504
Preston Public Schools Search/Find/Serve program is trying to locate unserved children with a handicap and children with disabilities in the community, ages birth to 21 years.
The program provides access to educational evaluation, aid in special class placement, and home intervention programs. Services are provided free of charge to parents and all referral information is confidential.
If you are aware of a person with a handicap or with a disability who is not being served, please contact:
Kim McCullah, Special Education Director – PO Box 40 Preston, OK 74456 – 918-756-3638