Liaison for Homeless Students
The Homeless Liaison will coordinate activities and programs in the best interest of homeless students that will include but not be limited to establishment procedures to:
- Continue the student's education in the school of origin for the duration of homelessness; in any case in which a family becomes homeless between academic years or during an academic year; or for the remainder of the academic year, if the student becomes permanently housed during an academic year.
- Enroll the student in any public school that non-homeless students who live in the attendance area in which the student is actually living are eligible to attend.
- Coordinate and inform parents of transportation to and from the school, if feasible, using the school transportation system.
- Ensure that all staff are trained regarding homelessness.
- Ensure that enrollment disputes are mediated in accordance with the law.
- Inform parents and guardians of educational and related opportunities available to their children in accordance with the McKinney-Vento Educational Act.
Services and related opportunities for students include:
- Free meals
- Immediate enrollment without records
- Tutoring or other instructional support
- Expedited evaluations or testing
- Transportation if needed and/or qualify
- Early Childhood programs
- Clothing to meet school requirements
- Coordination between schools and agencies
- Participation in all school activities
- Help obtain and transfer records needed for registration
- Before/After-school, mentoring, and summer programs
- Parent education related to rights and resources
- School supplies
- Obtaining or transferring records necessary for enrollment
- Referrals for medical, dental and other health services
For more information on Homeless Education visit ISBE at: https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Homeless.aspx