For the first time, there was a nationwide effort to identify homeless students in the 2010-11 school year.  During that year, schools across the nation identified over 1 million children and youth who experienced homelessness during the 2010-2011 school year (NCHE, 2013).  In a nation with economic challenges and shrinking public resources, the number of homeless children and youths has steadily increased over the past 10 years.  As a district, we understand and reach out to our homeless students to insure their academic results are not harshly impacted by their homelessness.    

    Did you know?
      Homeless children and youth must have access to a public education?

      Barriers that may inhibit the ability of homeless children and youth to enroll in and succeed in school must be eliminated.

     Did you know?

      Potential barriers to school enrollment, attendance, and success that may exist in local policies and procedures must be alleviated for homeless students.

      What school districts or local educational agencies (LEAs) are required to do to ensure rights and services for homeless children and youth?


    Every LEA must know this information in order to carry out the mandates in Subtitle VII-B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, reauthorized in 2001.  The 2001 reauthorized version of the McKinney-Vento Act requires all LEAs to designate a local liaison as responsible for working with homeless education issues in each LEA.  

    In Duplin County Schools, each school has a social worker who is responsible for handling the McKinney-Vento identification and service at that site.  If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact your school social worker or principal for more information.

    McKinney-Vento Referrals: School years:  2018-19 251; 2017-18 120; 2016-17 164;  2015-16 189;  2014-15 178; 


    If you would like more information on Homeless Education , please click on the links below:

    North Carolina Homeless Education Program

    McKinney Vento Act definition of Homeless and who qualifies

    Information for Parents/Unaccompanied Homeless Youth rights-English

    Information for Parents/Unaccompanied Homeless Youth rights-Spanish

    Information for School Age Youth/Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Rights-English

    Information for School Age Youth/Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Rights-Spanish


    State Coordinator NC Homeless Education Program

    Lisa Phillips: (336)315-7491 

    Local Homeless Liaison Contact

    Kristen Hall, Special Advisor for Digital Learning & Student Support Services 910-296-6627

    Beth Lanier, DCS Lead Social Worker (910)289-7700

    Alison Raynor, Social Worker (910)290-3601 

Last Modified on August 16, 2021