Homeless

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.

District Homeless Liaison:
Molly Cirillo, Family Resource Coordinator 
mcirillo@hastings.k12.mn.us
651-480-7572

Building Level Homeless Liaison  (Families in Transition)

Building

Person and Number

Main Contact: District Liaison

Molly Cirillo, 480-7572
Dave Haveman, 480-7009 (support)

Hastings High School & ALC

Maddie Peterson, 480-7082

Hastings Middle School

Maddie Peterson, 480-7082

Kennedy

Dirk Wassink, 480-7260

McAuliffe

Kaitlin Adams, 480-7417

Pinecrest

Beth Nelson, 480-7287

Early Childhood Special Education

Dave Haveman, 480-7009

Early Childhood

Angie McGinnis, 480-7678



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, or are abandoned in hospitals;
  • 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 or someone knowledgeable about the student’s homeless status can complete the Homeless Student Documentation Form (contact District Homeless Liaison).

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 District Homeless Liaison and have the right to attend their school during the dispute resolution process.

Dispute Resolution Procedures

Families and youth in homeless situations may be unaware of their right to dispute placement and enrollment decisions. When disputes are raised, too often, students are kept out of school during the dispute resolution process. This interruption in education can severely damage students’ academic progress. ISD 200 requires that disputes regarding the educational placement of a student in a homeless situation will be expeditiously addressed through a dispute resolution process. Parents or guardians and unaccompanied youth must be informed of the process and in the event of the dispute; the student must be immediately enrolled in the school of choice while the dispute is being resolved.

If a family or youth in homeless situations attending school wants to pursue their right to a dispute or if the district disagrees with a parent, guardian or homeless youth regarding an issue related to the rights of a homeless student, the following steps must be taken:
  • The school district must immediately enroll the students and arrange for transportation and other services as appropriate.
  • With the involvement of the District Homeless Liaison, attempt to discuss the issues to determine if more information is needed to resolve the issue.
  • If the issue cannot be resolved, a letter will be issued the parent/guardian or youth explaining the district’s position as to the homelessness-related dispute. In this letter, it is important to include a list of advocates or agencies that may assist.
  • Either party may send a written request to the Minnesota Department of Education Homeless State Coordinator asking the State Coordinator to review such decision for compliance with applicable law. Such request must include any documentation related to the dispute resolution proceeding.
  • The State Coordinator may request any additional information from either party that he or she deems relevant in resolving the issue.

Transportation Requirements

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))

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))
  • 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))

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