Migrant And Bilingual

Migrant Education Program

A migratory child is a child of a migratory agricultural or fisher worker who moves with his/her family from one school district to another in order that a parent or other member of the immediate family might secure temporary or seasonal employment in agriculture (fishing) or related food processing activities.

Current migrant students are:
Interstate- Has moved within the past 36 months across state boundaries from on state to another.
Intrastate- Has moved within the past 36 months within the state.


A student is considered migrant if one of his/her parents moves to Kennewick from another school district to work in an agriculturally-related industry.

Certificate of Eligibility (COE)

The Migrant Identification and Recruitment Specialist (Home Visitor) at the administration center is responsible for identifying migratory children in the Kennewick School District. Through community and school contacts, the Home Visitor learns which families are new, conducts a home interview and issues a COE if the family qualifies. A flexible schedule allows for family visitation and identification after business hours.
If you suspect that a child in your building may qualify for migrant services (family moved here for seasonal work), please send the name of the child, name of the parent (guardian), phone number and address to the Home Visitor and the determination of eligibility will be made.

Migrant Student Information System (MSIS)

The Migrant Records Clerk, at the KSD Administration Center, enters the COE information into the MSIS, a computerized information network, located in Sunnyside, Washington. The system maintains and transfers educational and health data for Washington’s migrant children.

Migrant Student List

As soon as possible after school starts, and on a monthly basis thereafter, the Migrant Records Clerk sends to each school a list of names of all migrant children currently enrolled in that school.

Priority for Service

Selection 1304(d) of the Title I, Part C-Education of Migratory Children statute; gives priority for services to migrant children:
  1. Who are failing, or most at risk of failing, to meet the state’s challenging state academic content standards and challenging state student academic achievement standards, AND
  2. Whose education has been interrupted during the regular school year, by a qualifying move or missed a “significant” amount of school time due to the child’s or family’s migrant lifestyle.

Services for Migrant Students

Middle School

Highlands - Migrant Graduation Specilalist, Paraeducator Support
Horse Heaven Hills - Paraeducator Support, Migrant Graduation Specialist
Park - Migrant Graduation Specialist, Paraeducator Support

High School

Kamiakin - Migrant Graduation Specialist, PASS, Paraeducator Support
Kennewick - Migrant Graduation Specialist (2), PASS, Paraeducator Support
Southridge - Migrant Graduation Specialist, PASS, Paraeducator Support

Q: What is PASS?
Q: What is a migrant graduation specialist?

Parent Advisory Council

Parent Advisory Council (PAC) and Parental Involvement

Parental involvement is an integral part of all Title I programs, including the Migrant Education Program (MEP). Research shows that parents play a significant role in the academic achievement of their children (Henderson and Mapp, 2002). Therefore, it is important for parents and schools to develop partnerships and build an ongoing dialogue to improve student achievement. In order to receive MEP funds, school districts must implement programs, activities, and procedures that effectively involve migrant parents.

Studies have found that students with involved parents are more likely to:

  • Earn high grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs
  • Pass their classes, earn credits, and be promoted
  • Attend school regularly
  • Graduate and go on to postsecondary education
Q: What is the function of a PAC?
Q: Who is eligible to be a member of a PAC?
Q: How does a district select PAC members?
Q: May MEP funds be spent for childcare, transportation and food/refreshments provided during parent meetings or training?
Q: When does the PAC hold its meetings?

Migrant Program Contacts

Eva Sandoval
Migrant Home Visitor
(509) 222-5786
Maria Gonzalez
Parent Liaison
(509) 222-5109
Silvia Rodriguez
(509) 222-6615
Alyssa St. Hilaire
Bilingual Coordinator
(509) 222-6491
Sylvia Vasquez
Records Clerk
(509) 222-5466
Blanca Harvey
Dual Language Facilitator/Bilingual Literacy Coach
(509) 222-6899