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Homeless Information

Providing education and appropriate services to children and youth who are homeless can present unique challenges.  Hastings Independent School District #200 has the following procedures and practices in place to identify students who are homeless.  Proper identification can help assure that students are provided needed services, that the District is providing service in accordance with state and federal requirements and that the District receives any financial resources available in support of educating homeless students.


Homeless Liaison:
Amy Berge, Assistant Director of Special Services
aberge@hastings.k12.mn.us
651-480-7008

Homeless Student Definition:

Under McKinney/Vento legislation, homeless children and youth are individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and includes;

  • Children and youth sharing the housing of others persons due to loss of housing (doubled up), economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds; are living in emergency or transitional shelters, are abandoned in hospitals or are awaiting foster care placement
  • Children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
  • Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings; and
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.

Enrollment Procedures:

  • In addition to the ISD 200 enrollment practices for all students, parents, students and someone knowledgeable about the student’s homeless status, can complete the Homeless Enrollment Form (see enrollment page or contact Homeless Liaison).  This form is required if students meet any of the following criteria:  
    • Those living in emergency, domestic abuse or transitional shelters
    • Those living temporarily with other family members or friends because they do not have a place of their own
    • Those living in their car, outside or in a public place
    • A child staying in emergency foster care (short term, this does not include foster placement)
    • An unaccompanied youth who is not in physical custody of a parent or legal guardian

Student Rights:

Under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, students in homeless situations have the right to a free and appropriate public education. Our program ensures homeless students the following educational rights:

·         Stay in their school-of-origin (if distance to school is considered reasonable), which is the school attended when permanently housed or the school in which the student was last enrolled;

 ·         Enroll in any school which non-homeless students living in the attendance area are eligible to attend;

·         Enroll in a new school without immunization, proof of residential status, school records, proof of guardianship or other documents;

 ·         Receive transportation services to their school of origin to the extent feasible;

 ·         Receive services (including transportation, preschool, meals, special education) comparable to those provided to other students; and

 ·         Have their enrollment disputes expeditiously addressed by the homeless district liaison and have the right to attend their school during the dispute resolution process.

Transportation Requirements:

 A. Homeless students shall be provided with transportation services comparable to other students in the school district. (42 U.S.C. § 11432(e)(3)(C)(i)(III)(cc) and (g)(4)(A))

 B. Upon request by the student’s parent, guardian, or homeless education liaison, the school district shall provide transportation for a homeless student as follows:

·         A resident student who becomes homeless and is residing in a public or private shelter location or has other non-shelter living arrangements within the school district shall be provided transportation to and from the student’s school of origin and the shelter or other non-shelter location if the shelter or non-shelter location is two or more miles from the school of origin and the student’s transportation privileges have not been revoked. (42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(1)(J)(iii)(I))

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A resident student who becomes homeless and is residing in a public or private shelter location or has other non-shelter living arrangements outside of the school district shall be provided transportation to and from the student’s school of origin and the shelter or other non-shelter location if the shelter or non-shelter location is two or more miles from the school of origin and the student’s transportation privileges have not been revoked, unless the school district and the school district in which the student is temporarily placed agree that the school district in which the student is temporarily placed shall provide transportation. (Minn. Stat. §125A.51(f); 42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(1)(J)(iii)(II))

·         If a nonresident student is homeless and is residing in a public or private homeless shelter or has other non-shelter living arrangements within the school district, the school district may provide transportation services between the shelter or non-shelter location and the student’s school of origin outside of the school district upon agreement with the school district in which the school of origin is located. (Minn. Stat. § 125A.51(f))