Student Support Services

Homeless/Transient Students

Homeless/Transient Students

The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Assistance Act is a federal law that ensures immediate enrollment and educational stability for homeless children and youth. McKinney-Vento provides federal funding to states for the purpose of supporting district programs that serve homeless students.

Under the act, children in homeless situations 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 your preference and is feasible. (If the school district believes that the school you select is not in the best interest of your children, then the district must provide you with a written explanation of its position and inform you of your right to appeal that decision.)
  • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if you request this. 
  • Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to your children's needs. 

For more information, please read the National Center for Homeless Education McKinney Vento Guide:

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504 Plans

Section 504 Overview

Section 504 is part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a federal law prohibiting discrimination against persons with disabilities.  For a student to qualify for protection under this law, he/she must have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of his or her major life activities.  Major life activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Caring for oneself
  • Performing manual tasks
  • Walking
  • Seeing
  • Hearing
  • Speaking
  • Breathing
  • Learning
  • Working
  • Eating
  • Sleeping
  • Lifting
  • Bending
  • Reading
  • Concentrating
  • Thinking
  • Communicating
  • Operation of major bodily functions

The referral process includes:

  • Referral
  • Evaluation
  • Eligibility Determination
  • Section 504 Plan (if eligible)
  • Annual review of 504 plan
  • Re-evaluation (At least every 3 years)

Members of the evaluation team may include: 504 coordinator, staff, personnel, and teachers who know the student and his/her situation, parent(s)/guardian(s), school nurse, other individuals who know the student and the student (if appropriate).

If you feel your child should be referred and evaluated for a Section 504 accommodation plan, please contact the building or district coordinator.


Dexter Community Schools Section 504 Coordinators

Please contact one of the following staff members if you have questions regarding the referral process:

District Coordinator Anne Nakon
(734)424-4160 ext. 6052

Bates Principal Ryan Bruder
(734)424-4130 ext. 3001

Cornerstone Principal Craig McCalla
(734)424-4120 ext. 2001

Wylie Counselor Mollie Kemp
(734)424-4140 ext. 4202

Creekside Counselor Carrie Ragnes
(734)424-4160 ext. 6323

Mill Creek Assistant Principal Brett Pedersen
(734)424-4150 ext. 5002

Mill Creek Counselor Rob Grams
(734)424-4150 ext. 5051

Dexter High School Assistant Principal Karen Walls
(734)424-4240 ext. 7002

ELL - English Language Learner Program

English Language Learners (ELL) Program

The Dexter Community School District  provides an appropriate planned instructional program for identified students whose dominant language is not English.

The goal of the ELL Program is to provide English Language Learners with instructional support that will enable them to participate fully in their educational experience in our schools and in their social lives in our community.

The objectives of the ELL program are to develop both basic interpersonal communication skills (BICS) and cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP), to develop proficiency in the language domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, to develop competence in intercultural interactions, and to encourage participation in the full range of instructional activities in the regular education curriculum and in extracurricular activities in our schools.

Currently we have several ELL tutors in our district who are providing services to our ELL students, including Mary Elordi, Martina Olivera-Bricio, Janine Comella, and Roxanne Kohler. 

ELL Handbook

Assessments of ELLs 

The WIDA ACCESS for ELLs is PDE’s standardized, state-wide test that assesses the progress of English language learners on an annual basis. Every ELL K-12 who is receiving direct instruction in the ELL Program participates in the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs.

WIDA/W-APT Resources

Here is the link to: WIDA site to access W-APT testing materials and scoring guidelines.

Home Language Survey

For more information about our ESL program please contact:
Janine Comella
ELL Program Coordinator

  • Dexter Community Schools  734-424-4100
  • Bates School, 2704 Baker Rd.
    Dexter, MI 48130 
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