Homeless Child's Right To Education


When a child loses permanent housing and becomes a homeless person as defined by law, or when a homeless child changes his or her temporary living arrangements, the parent or guardian of the homeless child has the option of either:

  1. Continuing the child’s education in the school of origin for as long as the child remains homeless or, if the child becomes permanently housed, until the end of the academic year during which the housing is acquired; or
  2. Enrolling the child in any school that non-homeless students who live in the attendance area in which the child or youth is actually living are eligible to attend.

Assistance and support for homeless families includes:

Educational organizations and schools, food bank and meal programs, local service organizations (Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.), family shelters, medical services.  

Policy of the Illinois State Board of Education on the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Overview:  The Illinois State Board of Education considers the school enrollment, attendance and success of homeless children and youth throughout Illinois as a high priority.  It is the policy of the ISBE that every homeless child and youth be sensitively identified as required by the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, that every such child or youth be enrolled in and attend the appropriate school on every school day, and that school admission for such children and youth be immediate and handled sensitively and in a child and family-centered manner in accordance with McKinney-Vento and the Illinois Education for Homeless Children Act (IEHCA).  This policy is promulgated with the intention of minimizing educational disruption for homeless children and youth and promoting stability and continuity in education as well as providing social supports during a period of housing instability.  The Southeastern District 337 Homeless liaison is Junior / Senior High Assistant Principal - Cyle Rigg (217-392-2125)