Homeless and Foster Care Student Services
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Homeless and Foster Care Student Services

Homeless and Foster Care Student Services

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 provided by the federal McKinney-Vento Act.

How can I access these rights and services?

The main contact for homeless and foster care students and their families in Minneapolis Public Schools is the School Social Worker.

How do I access shelter?

Hennepin County and community providers can help people experiencing homelessness.

How can I help?

There are many ways to get involved.