Homeless Awareness and Outreach

McKinney-Vento and Parental Rights

The McKinney-Vento Act accords parents and guardians experiencing homelessness the right to have their voices heard on what they believe is in the best interest of their children. The law requires local homeless liaisons to provide parents and guardians information on the McKinney-Vento Act and on the process for disputing decisions of the local educational agency (LEA) when they disagree on enrollment and best interest determinations for their children.  

Homeless Liaison Responsibilities

In 42 U.S.C. § 11432 (g)(6)(A), the McKinney-Vento Act lists the responsibilities of the local liaison. The law states local liaisons will ensure that:
  • homeless children and youth are identified by school personnel and through coordination with other agencies;
  • homeless children and youth enroll in, and have a full and equal opportunity to succeed in, school;
  • homeless families, children, and youth receive educational services for which they are eligible, including Head Start programs and preschool programs administered by the LEA, as well as referrals to health care services, dental services, mental health services, and other appropriate services;
  • the parents or guardians of homeless children and youth are informed of the educational and related opportunities available to their children and are provided with meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children;
  • public notice of the educational rights of homeless children and youth is disseminated where they receive services, such as schools, family shelters, and soup kitchens;
  • enrollment disputes are mediated according to local, state, and federal policies; and
  • the parent or guardian of a homeless child or youth, and any unaccompanied youth, is fully informed of all transportation services, including transportation to the school of origin.
For more information regarding homeless, please contact the following:

Homeless Liaison for Kingsland Public Schools  
Scott Klavetter
PK-6 Principal
Kingsland Public Schools, ISD No. 2137
O:  507-346-7276
F:  507-346-7278

Homeless Education Resources:
Minnesota Department of Education - Homeless McKinney Vento
National Center for Homeless Education

Information and Forms:
Homeless Information for Parents
Homeless Identification Form
Notice of Duties of District Liason for Students that are Homeless

 


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