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Homeless and Foster Care Student Services

Homeless and Foster Care Student Services
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Students staying in shelters, hotels, or other temporary situations and students in foster care, have certain rights and legal protections to ensure access to public education.

Minneapolis Public Schools is guided by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These federal laws provide students experiencing homelessness and students in foster care with certain rights so they have access to opportunities that will help them meet the same high academic standards expected of all students in our district.

How is homelessness defined?

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act defines homelessness as children and youth "who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence"

How can MPS help my child in school?

Students who experience homelessness have certain rights protected by the federal McKinney-Vento Homelessness Assistance Act.

How can I access these rights and services?

The main contact for students experiencing homelessness and students in foster care in Minneapolis Public Schools is the school social worker.

How do I access shelter?

Hennepin County and community providers can help people experiencing homelessness.

COVID-19 and Homelessness

It is increasingly important that school sites know when a family is experiencing homelessess so we can prioritize the family for support and protect student educational rights. Even when transportation is not needed due to distance learning it is important that families/students alert the school social worker if they are experiencing homelessness.

Resources for families and students experiencing housing instability are available.

How can I help?

There are many ways to get involved.