Homeless Childrens’ Rights

If you have any questions regarding the educational rights of homeless children and youth in Illinois, you can contact our Homeless liaison.

Pupil Services Director Terry Sofianos is the Homeless liaison for the Avoca School District and can be contacted by phone in the Pupil Services Office at  847-251-3138 or by email to sofianost@avoca37.org

The Educational Rights of Illinois’ Children & Youth In Homeless Situations

The Illinois State Board of Education’s policy on the education of homeless children and youth provides that:
“Consistent school attendance by homeless children and youth in their school of origin is important to the success of all learners.  School districts have a responsibility to help foster consistent attendance by reaching out to homeless families and working with them to provide that homeless children and youth continue to attend their school of origin without interruption, wherever possible.”

Homeless families may also choose to enroll their child in any school that non-homeless students who live in the attendance are in which the child or youth assistance for homeless children is not generally provided at these schools unless the school already provides it to non-homeless children.

Immediate Enrollment
By law, Illinois schools must allow a homeless child/youth to enroll in school immediately, even without any records (medical* or school-related), proof of residency or any other documentation.

*If a child/youth lacks immunizations or records of such, the school must refer the parent/guardian to the liaison, who shall help obtain necessary immunizations or records.