No Child Left Behind Federal Legislation requires local school districts to identify and serve students in “homeless” situations. The definition of homeless is much broader than one might expect. Essentially, anyone who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence can be qualified as homeless. This includes, but is not limited to, those who live in shelters, abandoned buildings, cars, public spaces, those who share housing with other families because of economic hardship or live in motels, hotels or campgrounds. Children in a foster care situation that is less than six months in duration also qualify until December 10, 2016

It is the district’s responsibility to help identify these children, enroll them in school and help them with opportunities for academic success. If you believe a member of your household may qualify as homeless, please contact the district immediately to obtain the necessary paperwork and identify eligible students. Contacts are listed below. Our goal is to do whatever it takes to help our children be successful.

District Homeless Liaison: Renee Herbert 616-794-4141
Ellis Elementary: Renee Herbert 616-794-4141
Woodview Elementary: Renee Herbert 616-794-4141
Belding Middle School: Deb Wright, 794-4445
Belding High School: Julie Beckett, 794-4953
Belding High School: Mary Wilson, 794-4939

Click the link below for general information about homeless rights.

McKinney-Vento Rights

Student Residency Identification/Eligibility Form