McKinney Vento Homeless Education Act

Pickford Public School Mckinney-Vento Liaison:

Jessica Tibbitts, Counselor

Phone: 906-647-6285

Fax: 906-647-3706

Mckinney-Vento......What is it?

The McKinney-Vento law was written to protect the educational rights of children experiencing a transition in their housing situation (including foreclosure events).

If you are experiencing a transitional housing situation, please be sure to inform the McKinney-Vento liaison to ensure that appropriate programs and services are put into place for you or your children.  If you have siblings or children not enrolled with  Pickford Public Schools, they may also qualify for programs and/or services.  We are unable to provide assistance if we are not aware of your situation and/or your concerns.

A child may qualify if he/she is living in any of the following situations:

  • In a shelter or a transitional housing program

    In a motel or campground due to lack of an alternate adequate accommodation

  • In a car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train station

  • Doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship

  • Recently placed in a foster home (within the past six months)

  • Has run away or otherwise is not accompanied by a legal parent or guardian

Eligible Students have the right to:

  • Receive a free, appropriate public education

  • Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment

  • Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents

  • Enroll in the local school or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is their preference and is feasible. * If the school district believes that the school selected is not in the student’s best interest, then the district must provide the student with a written explanation of its position and inform the student of his/her right to appeal its decision.

  • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested.

  • Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to the students’ needs.

Students qualifying for McKinney-Vento support may qualify for the following programs and/or services:

School Programs

  • General Education

  • 0-3 year old services

  • Great Start Program

  • Head Start

  • Alternative Education

  • Dual Enrollment

  • Gifted & Talented

  • Migrant Education

  • Special Education

  • Title 1

  • Vocational Education

  • GED

School Services

  • Backpack

  • Counseling

  • Clothing

  • Enrollment Assistance

  • FAFSA Support

  • Free School Meals

  • Hygiene Supplies

  • Record procurement

  • School Supplies

  • Tutoring/Educational support

Local Support Services

Department of Human Services

463 E. 3 Mile Road; Sault Ste. Marie, MI 


Diane Peppler Resource Center

PO Box 698; Sault Ste. Marie MI


Sault Tribe Anishnaabek Community & Family Services

(906) 632-5250

Cedar Post Food Pantry & Thrift Shop

King St., Cedarville

(906) 484-9512

Chippewa County Health Department

508 Ashmun, Suite; 120 Sault Ste Marie, MI


EUP Community Dispute Resolution Center

PO Box 505; Sault Ste. Marie, MI  


For more information, go to Title IX McKinney Vento Homeless