• District Policy for Students Experiencing Homelessness

    Adopted: Students in Homeless Situations: Saint Paul Public Schools Policy 530.10

    Purpose
    The Board recognizes that maintaining school of origin enrollment and a regular/mainstream environment has a positive impact on the academic achievement of students in homeless situations. Therefore, every effort must be made to eliminate, to the extent possible, any barriers that limit equal access to education programs and services, or limit the opportunity for students in homeless situations to reach high standards.

    General Statement of Policy

    A. Services
    Children and youth in homeless situations are to be provided services comparable to those received by other students including transportation to and from their school of origin to the extent possible. The district will designate a liaison for students in homeless situations who will ensure that the rights of homeless students are protected and they have the opportunity to reach the same high academic standards expected of all students.

    B. Enrollment
    Immunizations, guardianship, residential status or other documentation will not be barriers to immediate enrollment of students in homeless situations. Where appropriate, the enrolling school or office will refer the parent or guardian to the district homeless liaison for assistance in obtaining appropriate documentation. The district homeless liaison will also assist unaccompanied youth with placement/enrollment choices.

    C. Placement
    To the extent feasible, students in homeless situations will remain in their school of origin and transportation will be provided. They have the right to stay in their school of origin for the entire time they are homeless, or until the end of any academic year in which they move into permanent housing, unless a parent or guardian chooses otherwise. 

    D. Dispute Resolution
    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 a dispute, the student must be immediately enrolled in the school of choice while the dispute is being resolved.



    LEGAL REFERENCE: McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistant Act, 2002