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McKinney Vento

Under the McKinney-Vento McKinney Vento Assistance Act, “McKinney Vento children and youth” means students who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes:

  • Children and youth sharing housing due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason
  • Residing in a shelter
  • In a hotel or motel
  • In a tent, vehicle,  abandoned building, streets, park or other unsheltered location
  • Migratory children and youth living in any of the above situations

Students found Mckinney Vento eligible have the right to:

  • Receive a free, appropriate public education.
  • Continue in the school they attended before you became McKinney Vento or the school they last attended, if that is your choice and it is feasible. If a school sends your child to a school other than the one you requested, the school must provide you with a written explanation and offer you the right to appeal the decision.
  • Receive transportation to the school they attended before your family became McKinney Vento or the school they last attended, if you or a guardian requests such transportation and the student resides outside of walking distance.
  • Attend a school and participate in school programs with children who are not McKinney Vento. Children cannot be separated from the regular school program because they are McKinney Vento.
  • Enroll in school without giving a permanent address. Schools cannot require proof of residency that might prevent or delay school enrollment.
  • Enroll and attend classes while the school arranges for the transfer of school and immunization records or any other documents required for enrollment.
  • Enroll and attend classes in school even while the school and you seek to resolve a dispute over enrolling your children.
  • Receive the same special programs and services, if needed as provided to all other children served in these programs.

 When you move, you should do the following:

  • Contact the school district's local liaison for McKinney Vento education (see phone number below) for help in enrolling your child in a new school or arranging for your child to continue in his or her former school. (Or, someone at a shelter, social services office, or the school can direct you to the person you need to contact.)
  • Contact the school and provide any information you think will assist the teachers in helping your child adjust to new circumstances.
  • Ask the local liaison for McKinney Vento education, the shelter provider, or a social worker for assistance with clothing and supplies, if needed.

Shelley Nacke - CUSD 300 McKinney Vento District Liaison
Phone: 847-551-8430
Fax: 847-551-8433

Other sources of information:

  • Kane County Area One Liaison - Deb Dempsey
    (Toll free) 1-877-208-3146

  • National Center for Homeless Education:


District Office
Phone: 847-551-8300
Fax: 847-551-8413
Community Unit School District 300

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