Description of Programs


These programs are part of the Student Services Department in the Bakersfield City School District. The programs identify students who lack a permanent residence (Mc Kinney-Vento) or have been removed from their homes due to abuse and/or neglect (Foster).

These students are identified by staff, and are afforded certain rights in order to assist them succeed in school. The goal of these programs is to offer homeless and foster students the same educational rights and opportunities as other students.

Various services are provided to McKinney-Vento and Foster students:

  • The right to stay at the same school for the duration of homelessness or foster status.
  • Immediate enrollment in school.
  • Automatic eligibility for the free and reduced meal program.
  • McKinney-Vento students also receive school bus transportation to and from their school of origin even if they move out of the area during the school year.

These students often move or change foster care placements more than once during a school year. The main goals of the McKinney-Vento and Foster Youth Programs are to provide educational stability, equal access to public education, and academic success to these two populations of students within the Bakersfield City School District.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Bakersfield City School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identifications, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information or any other characteristic identified in Education Code 200 or 220, Penal code 422.55, or Government Code 11135, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, you should immediately contact the school site principal and/or the District’s Human Resource Administrator, at 661-631-4663, or at 1300 Baker Street, Bakersfield, California 93305. A copy of BCSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures and Non-Discrimination policies are available by clicking here and/or upon request.