Highly Mobile Student Services

The office of Student Services serves Foster students and students experiencing homelessness. The Department of Family and Protective Services oversees students in foster care. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, ensures the educational rights and protections for children and youth experiencing homelessness.

 Homelessness is defined as having a lack of fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes:

  • children or youth living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement;

  • children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reasons;

  • children or youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;

  • children or youth living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.


In order to assure that students in homeless situations have the opportunity to enroll in, attend, and succeed in school: the following services may be explored

  • Immediate enrollment assistance

  • free school meals

  • transportation services for school of origin

  • school of origin

Enroll Your Child in School

You can enroll your child even if you are missing immunization records, school records, and proof of residency

Ask Questions

  • Is transportation available for my child to stay in the same school?

  • Will someone help us transfer records quickly when we move?

  • Is there a pre-school program?

  • Should my child be tested for special education?

  • Can my child receive free meals at school?

  • Are school supplies available?

  • Are there after-school study halls or tutoring available?

  • Are special counseling services available for my child?

  • What about students in Foster Care? See Foster Care Service

Help for Youth to Graduate and Obtain Vital Documents

Texas law makes it easier to graduate high school and get access to vital documents for youth experiencing homelessness. Info Texas youth need to know from School House Connection :

1. Graduating high school: https://bit.ly/3xvSftf  

2. Get vital docs for free: https://bit.ly/3uADnrw

Dispute Eligibility, School Selection, or Enrollment under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

To file a formal dispute under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (“Act”), please fill out this form completely and submit it by hand-delivery, e-mail, or U.S. Mail to the District’s liaison for homeless students (see contact information below). The Texas Education Agency recommends that you submit the form as soon as possible, and within 15 days of receiving the written explanation of the District’s decision.  If a dispute arises over school selection or enrollment in a school, the child shall be immediately admitted to the school in which enrollment is sought, pending resolution of the dispute.  The student will remain attending the school where enrollment is sought during the entire dispute resolution process.

 If you need assistance filling out this form or if you have other questions, please contact the liaison for homeless students.

Dumas ISD Liaison for Homeless Students
Name: Cindy Rhoades
Address/Location: DISD Administration Building, 421 West Fourth Street. Dumas, Texas 79029
Phone number: 806-935-6461
E-mail: cindy.rhoades@dumasisd.org

Click here to access the Dispute of Eligibility Form and for more information


District Homeless & Foster Liaison

Staff photo of Cindy Rhoades, District PEIMS Coordinator

Cindy Rhoades


Dumas ISD
Homeless & Foster Outreach Services

Administration Building
421 West Fourth Street
P.O. Box 615
Dumas, TX 79029


DUMAS ISD’s office of Student Services serves students who are in foster care or experiencing homelessness.  Our staff works with the community to implement educational and support services for students in mobile living situations. We are entrusted with the task of helping to remove barriers and to provide supports that assist students to stay in school and graduate. This help is offered in a variety of ways. We hope that this website will help you to understand the services we offer in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Act and the State of Texas. We also hope that you will share this information so that together we can build a strong foundation for our students.

Keep Copies of Critical Records

  • Immunizations

  • Social Security number

  • Health physicals

  • Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

Community Resources






Special Notes

Cactus Nazarene Ministry Center


200 Palo Duro St, Cactus, TX 79013

Immigration services, English classes (variety of times/days), GED preparatory program, coats

Care Net - Dumas

Monday - Friday


214 E 5th st                    Dumas, TX 79029

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (M-Th)     8 .m. to 2 p.m. (Fridays)

email:  dumaspregnancycenter@gmail.com  

Care Net - Cactus

Tuesdays & Thursdays


403 Sherri Dr,          Cactus, TX 79013

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Dept of State Health Services, PHR 1


501 Success Blvd       Dumas, TX 79029

8 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (M-F) 


Discovery Center Day Care

Monday - Friday


310 E 1st St               Dumas, TX 79029

5:30 a.m.     -     5:30 p.m.


Panhandle Community Services

2nd Wednesday of the month


801 S Bliss Ave Ste 101B                          Dumas, TX 79029

Housing assistance, Utility assistance, hygiene closet, ride assistance (call 800-800-6162 at least 24 hours in advance - call for pricing), 

Safe Place

Monday - Friday


618 S Birge St           Dumas, TX 79029

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Program assistance,  Thrift store Tuesday - Saturday, family counseling  https://www.safeplaceinc.org 

Snack Pack for Kids

School counselor / office

Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church


915 S Maddox Ave    Dumas, TX 79029

food panytry - Joyce Wethington, Director of Food pantry/Hospitality

United Way of Moore County


624 E 7th St, Suite G

THE REFUGE - food, clothing, and shelter

Food available Wednesday 

6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Food, clothing, shelter 

The Well Health Center

Tuesday through Thursday 


200 Palo Duro St, Cactus, TX 79013

Tuesday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.     Wednesday 8:30 a.m. 0 5 p.m.    Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 Call for appt. - Health related services - Immunizations 

YMCA of Moore County

7 Days


1400 S Maddox Ave    Dumas, TX 79029

4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (M-F) Saturday 7 -7 p.m. Sunday 2-5 p.m.