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Students In Transition
The Students In Transition program in Rochester Public Schools helps to support and provide services to students experiencing unstable housing or homelessness. The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2001 defines “homeless children and youths” as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” 

Rights of Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness:
  • Access to a free and appropriate public education
  • Receive the same programs and services that are provided to all other children
  • Enrollment in a new school without proof of residential status, school records, proof of guardianship or other documents
  • Continue in the school they attended before becoming homeless
  • Receive transportation to the school they attended before becoming homeless
  • Free breakfast and lunch at school

Homelessness is traumatic for children. It exposes them to unhealthy levels of stress and can take an emotional and psychological toll on their ability to grow and learn.

If you live…

  • In a shelter
  • In a hotel or motel
  • With friends or family because you have no home
  • In an empty building, in a car, or other unsafe place
  • On the street
  • In emergency foster care
  • With friends and you are 17 years old or younger…
you may be eligible for additional services for your child at school. 

How we can help: 
  • Immediate enrollment
  • Transportation
  • Free breakfast and lunch at school
  • School supplies
  • Scholarships for school activities
  • Referrals to community resources that include medical support, food, housing, mental  health support, and other resources
  • Information about preschool programs
  • Access to a school social worker

If you, or someone you know is experience homelessness or unstable housing please contact:

Melissa Brandt
Transition and Fostering Connections Coordinator
507-328-4230 or 507-328-4300
mebrandt@rochester.k12.mn.us

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