Homeless Program: McKinney-Vento

Students and Families Experiencing Homelessness

Colville School District homeless program ensures students have access to education and can fully participate in school. We encourage student’s education by removing barriers that would limit their ability to fully engage and participate in school activities and events. We strive to partner with families to stay involved in their student’s education by providing resources and community referrals to assist with educational support services and basic needs.

Students who are experiencing homelessness have the right to remain in their school of origin or enroll in the local attendance area school nearest to their nighttime residence.

The district McKinney-Vento Family coordinator is Jessi Olberding. She can be reached by contacting Student Services at (509) 684-7875. Your school district grade level building point of contacts are:

Kindergarten-2nd grade

Hofstetter Elementary

Cathy Kitt

(509) 684-7690

Grades 3rd-5th 

Fort Colville Elementary

Lynette Metzger

(509) 684-7830

Grades 6th-8th

Colville Junior High School

Chris Burch

(509) 684-7820

Grades 9th-12th

Colville High School

Brad Groce

(509) 684-7800

Preschool-Grade 12


Bre McKern

(509) 684-7840

How are students considered homeless?

A student or their family is considered homeless according to the McKinney-Vento Act’s definition of homelessness. McKinney-Vento Definition of homelessness:

Individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

  • Sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason.

  • Living in emergency shelter or transitional housing.

  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations.

  • Living in a public or private place not designed for or regularly used as accommodations.

  • Living in cars, parks, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.

Homeless Unaccompanied Youth

A child or youth experiencing homelessness not in the physical custody of a parent or legal guardian is considered an Unaccompanied Youth.

School enrollment for students experiencing homelessness

Colville School District introduced an annual online enrollment registration for all students in August 2019. Parents and unaccompanied youth may enroll for the current school year online or in-person at your grade level school building.

Know Your Rights

McKinney-Vento eligible students have the right to:

  • receive a free, appropriate public education,

  • enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment, or having missed application or enrollment deadlines during any period of homelessness,

  • enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents,

  • continue attending the school of origin or enroll in the local attendance area school if attending the school of origin is not in the best interest of the student or is contrary to the request of the parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth.

  • receive transportation to and from the school of origin per Colville School District policy, if requested by the parent or guardian, or by the local liaison on behalf of an unaccompanied youth; and

  • receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to each student’s need.

  • If the school district assigns your child to a school other than the school of your choice, you have the right to a written explanation and the right to appeal that decision.

McKinney-Vento Dispute Resolution

  • If you disagree with school placement, transportation, or other provisions of support, you may request the McKinney-Vento Dispute Resolution process.

  • While a dispute over your enrollment is being resolved you have the right to enroll in the school chosen.

Utilize the McKinney-Vento-dispute or call the McKinney-Vento District Liaison at (509) 684-7875 to request a McKinney-Vento Dispute Resolution Process packet. Once forms are completed, submit to the District Homeless Liaison, at jolberding@colsd.org

For more information please visit the Homeless Education Program at OSPI at: https://www.k12.wa.us/student-success/access-opportunity-education/homeless-education