Homeless students: McKinney-Vento Act

The federal law known as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act requires that states and school districts eliminate barriers to immediate school enrollment for students experiencing homelessness.

Admission of Homeless Students

homeless youth and foster youth have additional legal protections which permit them to enroll in a school, even if the school has reached its enrollment cap, before documentation and paperwork may be in place with the school. Please ensure compliance with the law which provides for immediate enrollment of homeless, highly mobile and foster children in a new school if it is in the child’s best interest, even if the child is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment.

Identification of Homeless Students

Homeless students are identified at Progeny Acadademy in multiple ways.  Families can indicate their living situation through the registration process or alert the PACS Homeless Liaison (contact info below) if they experience changes in their living status.  PCCS strives to support our students by promoting school stability and connecting students and families with the resources they need for academic success. 


Homeless Students are Entitled to the following:

  • Equal opportunities for school success

  • Free Breakfast and Lunch at PACS
  • Information on available resources outside of school
  • Remain enrolled at PACS despite changes in living location
  • Support from teachers

  • Transportation to and from PACS

PACS’ Liaison for Homeless Students

To request more information or to identify a student as homeless, please contact PACS’ Homeless Liaison:

Nicole Nelson
[email protected]

Federal and Minnesota Laws and Statutes


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