Only students who are residents of the District may attend a District school without a tuition charge, except as otherwise provided below or in State law. A student’s residence is the same as the person who has legal custody of the student.
Legal custody means one of the following:
A person asserting legal custody over a student, who is not the child’s natural or adoptive parent, shall complete a signed statement stating:
- that he or she has assumed and exercises legal responsibility for the child,
- the reason the child lives with him or her, other than to receive an education in the District, and
- that he or she exercises full control over the child regarding daily educational and medical decisions in case of an emergency.
In addition, the child’s natural or adoptive parent, if available, shall complete a signed statement or Power of Attorney stating:
- the role and responsibility of the person with whom their child is living, and
- that the person with whom the child is living has full control over the child regarding daily educational and medical decisions in case of emergency.
A student may also attend school in this District on a tuition-free basis if:
- the student resides outside the School District during a school year in which the student began the school year as a resident of the District; or,
- the student resides within the School District and is a foreign exchange student in a foreign or cultural exchange program approved by the Board of Education.
A student who is homeless, as defined in the regulations implementing this Policy, shall be considered a resident of the District if he or she is physically living within the District boundaries, provided that the living arrangement is not solely to take advantage of the District’s schools. In addition, pursuant to the Education for Homeless Children Act (105 ILCS 45/1-1 et seq., effective January 1, 1995) a homeless student will be considered a resident of the District if the student attended a school in the District when he or she was last permanently housed or the student was last enrolled in a school in the District.
Requests for Non-Resident Student Admission
Non-resident students may attend District schools upon the approval of a request submitted by the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) for non-resident admission. The Superintendent may approve the request subject to the following:
- The student will attend on a year-to-year basis. Approval for any one year is not authorization to attend a following year.
- The student will be accepted only if there is sufficient room.
- The student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) will be charged the maximum amount of tuition as allowed by State law.
- The student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) will be responsible for transporting the student to and from school.
Challenging a Student’s Residence Status
If the Superintendent or designee determines that a student attending school on a tuition-free basis is a non-resident of the District for whom tuition is required to be charged, he or she on behalf of the Board shall notify the person who enrolled the student of the tuition amount that is due. The notice shall be given by certified mail, return receipt requested. The person who enrolled the student may challenge this determination and request a hearing as provided by The School Code, 105 ILCS 5/10-20.12b.
The Superintendent is authorized to develop rules and regulations implementing this Policy.
Adopted: November 10, 1997
Revised: May 3, 1999; February 16, 2010