Homelessness does not mean that children do not have access to a quality education. Students who are experiencing homelessness will be immediately enrolled in school while the district works with the family to obtain the required forms.
According to the McKinney-Vento Act homeless students are defined as lacking a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence, including children who are:
Sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing or economic hardship;
Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or camping grounds due to the lack of adequate accommodations;
Living in emergency or transitional shelters;
Are abandoned in hospitals;
Awaiting foster care placement;
Living in public or private places not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings;
Living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, transportation stations or similar settings;
Migratory children living in conditions described in the previous examples;
Or unaccompanied youth who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian.
These students and families may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act. For more information, select one of the information sheets on the left.
The district's homeless liaison coordinator is Ken Decoster at 218-327-5705.
If you need further assistance with your children's educational needs, contact the National Center for Homeless Education.