McKinney-Vento (Homeless)

Public Notice
Education Rights of Children

This public notice provides information about the rights of children that are homeless to attend public school. 

The Role of Education

School District 87 is committed to providing support for our students and families who are eligible for McKinney-Vento services. All McKinney-Vento children have the following rights:

1.  Immediate Enrollment.

2.  Choice of Schools: The school the child last attended; or the school closest to the shelter or other temporary housing location.

Each Berkeley School District #87 school has information regarding the education of homeless students available at the main office. 


Who is homeless?

The term “homeless children and youth” as defined by the McKinney-Vento Act;
Means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and includes–

  • Children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or a 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 sleeping accommodations;
  • Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus/train stations, or similar settings;
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described above.

Our schools provide the same educational services to all students without regard to their living situation. 

If you have  questions regarding the education of homeless children, please call:

Ms Nicole Spatafore, Director of Special Services

  • Phone: 708-449-3350

Berkeley School District #87 works closely with the Central Suburban Cook County Homeless Liaison Office.

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