Student Services

SCS Student Services 
SCS Student Services includes the areas of School Counseling, School Health, School Social Work, Student Transfers, Athletics, Driver's Education and McKinney-Vento related services. You may reach us at:
Stanly County Schools
1000-4 N. First Street
Albemarle, NC 28001
Main Number: 704-961-3000
Student Services: 704-961-3800
Beverly Pennington, Director of Student Services & Athletics
Kristy Roland, Student Services and Student Information Assistant
Homeless Family Services/McKinney-Vento Act 
The McKinney-Vento Act was first signed into law in 1987 by President Reagan. McKinney-Vento was most recently reauthorized through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) signed into law by President Obama in 2015. The McKinney-Vento Act support homeless students' right to remain at their school of origin. The Act recognizes that school can be a source of stability for students whose lives may be chaotic or transient. 
Homeless students are children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Unaccompanied youth include a youth who are not in the physical custody or a parent or guardian. Homeless children and youth include those students who: 
  • share the house of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason;
  • live in motels, hotels transient trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
  • live in emergency or transitional shelters;
  • live in a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodations for human beings;
  • live in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings; or
  • live in a migratory situation that qualifies as homeless because the child lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.
Children and youth experiencing homelessness 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 attendance area school or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school ni which they were last enrolled), if the parent's guardian's or unaccompanied youth's preference is feasible. If the school district believes the school selected is not in the student's best interest, then the district must provide the parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth with a written explanation of its position and inform him/her of the right to appeal its decision; 
  • receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested by the parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth; 
  • receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested by the parent, guardian, or unaccompanied youth;
  • receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to the student's need.
Additional resources can be found at:

NC Homeless Education Program Profile Page

National Center for Homeless Education

NCHE NC page



Total number of homeless children and youth enrolled in SCS:

2020-2021 = 147

2019-2020 = 197

2018-2019 = 165 

Please contact Beverly Pennington, Director of Student Services at 704-961-3801 or [email protected]  for more information on services for homeless students in Stanly County Schools.


State Coordinator for Homeless Education: Lisa Phillips [email protected]






"Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school.

When students are absent for fewer days, their grades and reading skills often improve—even among those students who are struggling in school. Students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, setting them up for a strong future.

But when kids are absent for an average of just two days of school per month—even when the absences are excused– it can have a negative impact. These absences can affect kids as early as Kindergarten.

For example, young elementary school students who miss an average of just two school days per month often have difficulty keeping up with their peers academically and tend to fall behind in reading. But when students are able to read on grade level by the end of third grade, which is when kids transition from learning to read to reading to learn, they are three to four times more likely to graduate high school and attend college, post-graduate, or professional development classes than their peers who struggle with reading.

As a parent, you can prepare your child for a lifetime of success by making regular school attendance a priority. By figuring out the reasons for your child’s absences—whether they’re physical or emotional—and taking advantage of support services—such as free tutoringstudent mentoring and afterschool activities—you can help set your child on the path to success."