FOR STUDENTS & FAMILIES EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS
The Rights of Students & Families in Transitional/Homeless Settings
Red Lake Schools are determined to ensure the following rights to all students and families in transitional or homeless settings, under the McKinney-Vento Act.
Homeless Students/ Students in Transition who move have the right to remain in their school of origin, if that is in the student's best interest;
if it is in the student's best interest to change schools, homeless students/ students in transition must be immediately enrolled in a new school, even if they do not have the records normally required to do so;
transportation must be provided to or from the student's school of origin, at the request of a parent, guardian, or, in the case of an unaccompanied youth, the local liaison;
homeless students/ students in transition must have access to all programs and services for which they are eligible, including special education programs, preschool, school nutrition programs, career and technical education, gifted and talented programs, magnet schools, charter schools, summer learning, online learning, and before and after-school care;
unaccompanied youths must be accorded specific protections, including immediate enrollment in school without proof of guardianship; and
parents, guardians, and unaccompanied youths have right to dispute an eligibility, school selection, and enrollment decisions.
Homeless Students, as defined by the State of Minnesota
are children or youth (including preschoolers) who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. If the student does not spend their evenings at the same place (that is safe, sufficient and regulated) every night, they are considered homeless. Students residing in shelters, in motels/hotels, in a vehicle, and students that live with multiple families in one household may all fit the McKinney-Vento Client criteria. Unaccompanied youth are students that fit this definition and are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. (Children in foster-care do not qualify for assistance through McKinney-Vento, as foster-parents are required to always have a fixed nighttime residence.)
Red Lake Schools are continuously working to create a safe and effective learning environment for all. The district is committed to ensuring that every student in a transitional or homeless setting receives equal opportunities for continued learning and building success, under the guidelines of the McKinney-Vento Act.
Identifying children and youth in these settings can be difficult and is important. Changes in a family's living situation are often unexpected. Being without a fixed residence can negatively impact any student's attendance, education, physical and spiritual well-being, and social life; an unstable environment can cause problems with transportation to and from school, a family's ability to make a meal, personal health, and may come with built up anxieties from unknown circumstances.
Red Lake School's McKinney-Vento Program services include, but are not limited to assistance with school supplies, physical needs (hygiene products, winter-gear, etc.), transportation to a new school or the school of origin, program referrals, student advocacy, and educating staff/support personnel on indicators and effects of homelessness to build an understanding and sensitivity to the needs of such children/youth.
For more information, remove pages 2 & 3 and return them to one of Red Lake School's office-secretaries or directly to the contacts below:
District M-V Coordinator, Principal oSA
218-679-3329 ext. 1010
RLHS/Admin Building Jaylyn Isham-K
Transitional/Homeless Student Liaison
218-679-3329 ext. 1302
RLES, by Door 6