RIGHTS OF HOMELESS STUDENTS
The school district shall provide an educational environment that treats all students with dignity and respect. Every homeless student shall have equal access to the same free and appropriate educational opportunities as students who are not homeless. This commitment to the educational rights of homeless children, youth, and youth not living with a parent or guardian, applies to all services, programs, and activities provided or made available.
A student is considered “homeless” if he or she is presently living:
- in a shelter * sharing housing with relatives or others due to lack of housing
- in a motel/hotel, camping ground, or similar situation due to lack of alternative, adequate housing
- at a train or bus station, park, or in a car * in an abandoned building
- temporarily housed while awaiting DCFS foster care placement
All Homeless Students Have Rights To:
- Immediate school enrollment. A school must immediately enroll students even if they lack health, immunization or school records, proof of guardianship, or proof of residency.
- Enroll in:
- the school he/she attended when permanently housed (school of origin)
- the school in which he/she was last enrolled (school of origin)
- any school that non-homeless students living in the same attendance area in which the homeless child or youth is actually living are eligible to attend.
- Remain enrolled in his/her selected school for as long as he/she remains homeless or, if the student becomes permanently housed, until the end of the academic year.
- Priority in certain preschool programs.
- Participate in a tutorial-instructional support program, school-related activities, and/or receive other support services.
- Obtain information regarding how to get fee waivers, free uniforms, and low-cost or free medical referrals.
- Transportation services: A homeless student attending his/her school of origin has a right to transportation to go to and from the school of origin as long as (s)he is homeless or, if the student becomes permanently housed, until the end of the academic year.
Unit 7 School District's Homeless Plan
District Homeless Liaison: Ellen Anders, RN
Phone number: (217) 684-5218
- Any staff within the Unit 7 school district will contact Ellen Anders if they suspect a student might be considered homeless.
- Ellen will contact the student and/or the parent to determine if the child meets the requirements to be considered homeless under the McKinney Vento Act’s guidelines.
- If the child is determined to be homeless, Ellen will submit the correct paperwork to the ROE in Rantoul and the student will be enrolled into Unit 7 immediately.
- In addition to the above-stated rights, the child also will also receive:
- Help for prompt resolution about school placement including special education, bilingual education and remedial programs.
- Free breakfast and lunch for the remainder of the school year.
Assistance with school supplies, uniforms and waivers of school fees.