McKinney-Vento Eligible Students

Children and youth staying in shelters, hotels, or other temporary situations, have certain rights to ensure access to public education.

Minnetonka schools is guided by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These federal laws provide students experiencing homelessness access to opportunities that will help them to fully participate in school.

How is homelessness defined?

Under the McKinney-Vento Act, homelessness is defined as the lack of a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence; this includes individuals who:

  • temporarily live in a hotel, motel, trailer park or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
  • live in a car, park, public space, abandoned building, substandard housing, bus or train station; live in other public or private spaces not designed to accommodate regular sleeping for humans;
  • live in an emergency shelter or transitional housing;
  • have been abandoned in hospitals;
  • temporarily share housing with another household due to loss of housing or economic hardship;
  • are migratory and live in any of the circumstances described above;
  • are considered unaccompanied youth, i.e. not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian and live in any of the circumstances described above.

How does McKinney-Vento support students?

Please contact Annie Lumbar Bendson by at 952-401-5992 or for further information.

 McKinney-Vento Eligible Students


Annie Lumbar Bendson
Health Services Director