Regional Office of Education - Leslie Schermerhorn, Regional Superintendent of Schools

Homeless Students

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Who is homeless?

 The term "homeless children and youth" means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence and includes:

  • Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a 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 are awaiting foster care placement.
  • Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.
  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described above.

 The Laws and Provisions

The (federal) McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act, as part of the No Child Left Behind Act, and the Illinois Education for Homeless Children Act ensures homeless children have a right to:

  • A free, appropriate public education including a priority to preschool programs
  • The choice of staying in the school of origin or attending any public school that non-homeless students who live in the attendance area in which the child is actually living are eligible to attend
  • Immediate enrollment even when required documents such as school records, medical records, proof of residency, or other such documentation cannot be produced at the time of enrollment
  • Assistance with transportation if needed

McHenry County Homeless Liaisons

One of the key provisions of the McKinney-Vento Act was to have every school district designate a Homeless Liaison.  This would be the one person in the district that knows the law, and can help assist the student and family to the fullest extent.  The McHenry County School District Homeless Liaison's are listed below:

Dist. # District Name
Homeless Liaison
2 Nippersink SD 2
Jackie Miller

4213 Route 12 

Richmond, IL 60071

815-678-6866 (P)
815-678-2810 (F)           

3 Fox River Grove SD 3 Lesley Traub
401 Orchard Street
Fox River Grove, IL 60021
847-462-2415 (P)          
12 Johnsburg CUSD 12

Fran Milewski

2222 W. Church St.
Johnsburg, IL 60051
815-385-6460 (P)

815-385-4715 (F)

15  McHenry CCSD 15

Kelli Catini
1011 N. Green St.
McHenry, IL 60050

815-385-7210 (P)

815-344-7121 (F)

18 Riley CCSD 18

Lisa Gruber
9406 Riley Road

Marengo, IL 60152
815-568-8637 (P)
815-568-3709 (F)

19 Alden- Hebron CCSD 19
Tiffany Elswick
11915 Price Road
Hebron, IL  60034
815-648-1623 (P)
815-634-3898 (F)
26 Cary CCSD 26

Dr. Jennifer Thomas
2115 Crystal Lake Rd.
Cary, IL 60013
224-357-5100 (P)

847-516-9705 (F)

 36  Harrison school District 36

Nathan Jokiel 

6809 McCullom Lake Road,

Wonder Lake, IL 60097

 815-653-2311 (P)

46 Prairie Grove CSD 46
Martha Maggiore
3223 IL Route 176
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-459-3023 (P)
815-356-0519 (F)
47 Crystal Lake CC 47
Anastasia Gruper
300 Commerce Dr.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-788-5032 (P)
815-459-0263 (F)
50 Harvard CSD 50

Dr Vicki Larson
401 N. Division St.
Harvard, IL 60033

815-943-4022 (P)
815-943-4282 (F)

154 Marengo Community High School District 154
DR. Angela Fink
110 Franks Rd.
Marengo, IL 60152
815-568-6511x1312 (P)
815-568-6510 (F)
155 Crystal Lake Community High School Dist. 155

Kim Dahlem
One S. Virginia Rd.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
815-455-8500x1011 (P)


156 McHenry High School Dist. 156

Shae Gibour
4716 Crystal Lake Rd.

McHenry, IL 60050
815-385-1145 (P)
815-344-7153 (F)

157 Richmond-Burton Community High School 157
Jackie Miller

4213 Route 12 

Richmond, IL 60071

815-678-6866 (P)
815-678-2810 (F) 

158 Huntley Consolidated School Dist. 158

Dr. Chris Budzynski

650 Dr. John Buckley Drive

Algonquin, IL 60102

847-659-6131 (P)

847-659-6122 (F)

165 Marengo-Union Elem. CSD 165
Jill Viktora
539 Locust St.
Marengo, IL 60152
815-568-7632 (P)
815-568-7367 (F)
200 Woodstock CUSD 200
Justin Smith
227 W. Judd St.
Woodstock, IL 60098
815-337-2153 (P)
815-338-2005 (F)

 For additional information please log onto the Lake County Regional Office of Education website.