• Children's Homeless Intervention Project


    Children's Homeless Intervention Project for Students (CHIPS)  

      Who Is Eligible for CHIPS?  
    If you lost your housing and now live in a shelter, motel, vehicle, camping ground, or a temporary trailer; on the street; doubled-up with family or friends; or in another type of temporary or inadequate housing, your child might be able to receive help through a federal law called the McKinney -Vento Act.

    What Rights Do Eligible Children and Youth Have Under the McKinney - Vento Act? 
    Under the McKinney - Vento Act, children and youth in homeless situations have the right to:
    1. Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there.
    2. Attend either the local school or the school of origin, if this is in their best interest; the school of origin is the school the child attended when he/she was permanently housed or the school in which the child was last enrolled.
    3. Receive transportation to and from the school of origin
    4. Enroll in school immediately, even if they are missing records and documents normally required for enrollment, such as birth certificates, proof of residence, previous school records, or immunization/medical records.
    5. Enroll, attend classes, and participate fully in all activities while the school gathers records.
    6. Have access to the same programs and services that are available to all other students, including transportation and supplemental services
    7. Attend a school with children not experiencing homelessness; a school may not segregate a student because he or she is homeless.
    8. Receive free meals through school nutrition programs.

    Questions for Parents to Ask at School

    Your children are encouraged by your interest in their day at school, their homework, and the papers they bring home. They also benefit when you take the time to ask questions or visit their school. If your child qualifies under McKinney - Vento services, here are some questions you can ask at your child's school about special supports that may be available.

    1. Who is the CHIPS (Homeless Contact) at this school?
    2. What transportation is available for my child to stay in school?
    3. If my child changes schools, can you help us transfer records quickly?
    4. How can my child receive free meals at school?
    5. How can my child receive free school supplies if needed?
    6. Who can help if my child needs special education services? How quickly can these services be set up?
    7. What academic help is available for my child such as after school tutoring?
    8. What programs can help develop my child's talents and address his/her unique needs?
    9. Are there sports, music, or other activities available for my child?
    10. How can my child go on class field trips or participate in other school activities if I can't pay for them?
    11. Is there a pre-school program for my younger children?

    How Do I Get Services for My Child?

    To receive services under McKinney - Vento, a Student Residency Questionnaire must be filled out. All schools have copies of the form in three different languages. It also can be found under files on this website.
      CHIPS Contacts  

     For  more information contact either the Monroe County School District or CHIPS Contact at your school.

    Carolina Canton
    305-293-1400  Ext. 53394

    Big Pine Academy
    Sylvia Palma

    Coral Shores High School
    305-853-3222    Ext. 56345

    Gerald Adams Elementary
    Tammy Orcutt
    305-293-1609  Ext. 51336

    Horace O’ Bryant School
    Jessica Hertlein
    305-296-5658  Ext. 65375

    Key Largo School
    Jamaica Wagner
    305-453-1255  Ext.57306

    Carrie Kerns
    305-453-1255  Ext.57305

    Key West High School
    Tami Dannacker
    293-1549  Ext. 54392

    Keys Center Academy
    Brenda Huebscher
    305-293-1400  Ext. 51380

    Marathon High School
    Tamera Foster
    305-289-2480  Ext. 55357

    May Sands Montessori
    Denise Beerbower
    305-293-1400 Ext. 53430

    Ocean Studies Charter School
    Sabra Witkamp

    Plantation Key School
    Krista Hillman
    305-853-3281 Ext. 58305

    Poinciana Elementary School
    Rebecca Keenum
    305-293-1630  Ext. 52305

    Sigsbee School
    Pat Gladding

    Somerset Island Prep
    Thomas Rompella

    Stanley Switlik Elementary
    Chris Willis
    305-289-2490  Ext. 59316

    Sugarloaf Elementary
    Tabitha Klessens
    305-745-3282  Ext. 50332

    Treasure Village Montessori
    Kelly Mangle

    Alternative Education
    Ayesha Osborne
    305-293-1549 Ext 54443