Cleburne Independent School district

McKinney-Vento / Homeless Services

HOMELESS SERVICES
 
Debbie Reynolds, McKinney Vento/Homeless Liaison
817.202.1183
 
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.
 
Click for a list of Community Resource Providers
 
Campus Contacts
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