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

How can MPS help my child in school?

Students who experience homelessness have certain rights provided by the federal McKinney-Vento Act.

Eligible children and youth have the right to:

  • Receive a free, appropriate public education
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment
  • Enroll in school and attend classes while the documents are gathered
  • Enroll in the local school; or continue at the last school attended, if that is the guardian's preference and it is feasible
  • Receive transportation to and from school, if requested. Transportation could be provided by school bus, Type III school bus (certified vans, taxis, or cars) or city bus pass depending on the situation and grade level of the student. 
  • Receive free breakfast and lunch
  • Have disagreements about school placement decisions resolved quickly