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McKinney-Vento Information

McKinney-Vento Information


Education of Homeless Children

Each child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth has equal access to the same free,
appropriate public education as provided to other children and youths, including a public pre-school
education. A homeless child is defined as provided in the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
and the Ill. Education for Homeless Children Act. The Superintendent or designee shall act as or
appoint a Liaison for Homeless Children to coordinate this policy's implementation.

A homeless child may attend the District school that the child attended when permanently housed or
in which the child was last enrolled. A homeless child living in any District school's attendance area
may attend that school.

The Superintendent or designee shall review and revise rules or procedures that may act as barriers to
the enrollment of homeless children and youths. In reviewing and revising such procedures,
consideration shall be given to issues concerning transportation, immunization, residency, birth
certificates, school records and other documentation, and guardianship. Transportation shall be
provided in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and State law. The
Superintendent or designee shall give special attention to ensuring the enrollment and attendance of
homeless children and youths who are not currently attending school. If a child is denied enrollment
or transportation under this policy, the Liaison for Homeless Children shall immediately refer the
child or his or her parent/guardian to the ombudsperson appointed by the Regional Superintendent
and provide the child or his or her parent/guardian with a written explanation for the denial.
Whenever a child and his or her parent/guardian who initially share the housing of another person
due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar hardship continue to share the housing, the
Liaison for Homeless Children shall, after the passage of 18 months and annually thereafter, conduct
a review as to whether such hardship continues to exist in accordance with State law.


For More Information Contact -

Agnes Stankiewicz,  Assistant Principal

708.456.4242  ext. 1245



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