School District 197 strives to ensure that families have a secure educational program while experiencing homelessness.
Under McKinney/ Vento legislation, homeless children and youth are individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and includes,
- Children and youth sharing the housing of others persons due to loss of housing (doubled up), economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds; are living in emergency or transitional shelters, are abandoned in hospitals or are awaiting foster care placement
- Children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
- Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations or similar settings; and
- Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.
Students have the rights to:
- Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there.
- Continue in the school they attended before they became homeless.
- Receive transportation to the school they attended before their family became homeless.
- Receive the same programs and services that are provided to all other children.
- Automatically qualify for free breakfast and lunch.
- Enroll in a new school without all documentation