Debbie Reynolds, McKinney Vento/Homeless Liaison
Homeless children & youth have the right to a free, appropriate public education.
The Cleburne Independent School District is committed to ensuring that homeless children and unaccompanied youth have access to a quality education in our public schools.
WHAT HOMELESS FAMILIES NEED TO KNOW
WHO IS HOMELESS?
Anyone who, due to ECONOMIC HARDSHIP, lives:
- In a shelter or awaiting foster care
- TEMPORARILY sharing a residence with relatives or friends
- In cars, parks, public spaces, bus or train stations, or abandoned buildings
- In motels or hotels
- Migratory children living in these conditions.
What are your rights?
- Homeless children have a right to attend school.
- You do not need a permanent address to enroll your child in school.
- Homeless children have the right to stay in their school or origin if the parents choose.
- Your child cannot be denied school enrollment just because school records or other enrollment documentation are not immediately available.
- Your child has the opportunity to receive transportation services to and from the school of origin.
- Your child has the right to participate in extracurricular activities and all federal, state, or local programs for which he/she is eligible.
- Children with special education needs between the ages of 3 and 21 are eligible to receive special needs services. If you believe your child may be eligible, please contact your school or the District Special Education office at 817-202-1600.
At school, ask about these special services:
- Free breakfast and lunch programs
- Possible transportation assistance for children to remain in their school of origin
- Tutoring programs
- Programs that assist children in learning English
- Gifted and talented programs
- Summer school opportunities
- Pre-school programs
- Homeless assistance programs
What your family can do before you move:
- Tell your child's teacher and principal that you are moving, and give them your new address.
- Let school officials know if you want your child to stay in his/her school of origin while you are getting the family stabilized.
- Ask for a copy of your child's school records, including immunizations.
- Provide your child with an opportunity to say goodbye to friends.
- Formally withdraw your student in person.
Tips and resources:
- Keep a copy of birth certificates and school records accessible.
- Safeguard all health and immunization records.
- Have a reliable person keep a second copy of birth certificates, school records, and health information.
- Enroll children in school as soon as possible.
- Inform your new school about any special education records that pertain to your child.
If you have further questions about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Program or need to fill out the paperwork, please contact your school listed below. He/she will make the referral, on your behalf to the Student Services office.
Cleburne High School - Donna Rollins
TEAM School - Alicia Garcia
Smith Middle School - Melissa Rotenberry
Wheat Middle School - Kim White
Adams Elementary - Amanda Vasquez
Coleman Elementary - Haley Bullard
Cooke Elementary - Crystal Allen
Gerard Elementary - Nikki Byford
Irving Elementary - Renee Stewart
Marti Elementary - Lei Ann Wright
Santa Fe Elementary - Zulema Deason