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Homeless Children


Posted by Faith Cole on 3/3/2023

6:140 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 public pre-school education. A homeless child is defined as provided in the McKinney 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 Director of Special Education 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 Homeless Assistance Act and State law. The Director of Special Education 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 appropriate Intermediate Service Center and provide the child or his or her parent/guardian with a written explanation for the denial.

LEGAL REF.:McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §11431 et seq.

Ill. Education for Homeless Children Act, 105 ILCS 45/.

CROSS REF.:2:260 (Uniform Grievance Procedure), 4:110 (Transportation), 7:10 (Equal Educational Opportunities), 7:30 (Student Assignment), 7:50 (School Admissions and Student Transfers To and From Non-District Schools), 7:60 (Residence), 7:100 (Health, Eye, and Dental Examinations, Immunizations, and Exclusion of Students)

Education for Homeless Children and Youths Program: Non-Regulatory Guidance

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plans

ADOPTED:October 15, 2015
Leyden CHSD 212

Dr. Faith Cole
Assistant Superintendent for Special Education & Student Services
Leyden High School District 212

Mr. James Powers
Assistant Principal for Student Services
West Leyden High School

Ms. Mayra Carrera
Assistant Principal for Student Services
East Leyden High School