FCP Students in Temporary Living Situations (STLS) Policy

 

Purpose

FCP shall provide an educational environment that treats all students attending FCP with dignity and respect. Every student in a temporary living situation shall have equal access to the same free and appropriate educational opportunities as students who are permanently housed. This commitment to the educational rights of students in a temporary living situation, youth, and youth not living with a parent or guardian, applies to all services, programs, and activities provided or made available by FCP.

 

Definition

A student is considered to be in a temporary living situation if he or she lacks 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 similar reason;

  • living in a motel/hotel, trailer park or camping ground, due to lack of alternative, adequate housing;  

  • living in emergency or transitional shelters;  

  • living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned building, substandard housing, bus or train station, or similar setting;

  • abandoned in hospitals;  

  • migratory children living in one of the above settings;

  • youth not in the custody of a parent/guardian (unaccompanied youth) of any age, in one of the above settings.

 

Policies

  • Students must be formally enrolled in the STLS program to receive services.

  • The privacy of STLS students will be protected and their names will only be provided to staff other than the STLS Liaison and Clerk on a need-to-know basis.

  • Homelessness does not have to be proven. However, FCP can request information in a sensitive and respectful manner to determine if a student’s stated living situation meets the definition of homelessness.

  • Screening questions to help identify students in temporary living situations are included in the enrollment paperwork and all potential STLS families will be referred to the STLS Liaison for further inquiry and enrollment in the STLS program if applicable.

  • The STLS Notice of Rights of Homeless Students is distributed to all FCP students at the start of and in the middle of the school year to help identify additional families that should be enrolled.

  • All FCP staff will be trained annually on the rights of STLS students, supports and services provided to STLS students by FCP, how to identify students who may be in need of STLS services, and who to contact at FCP with STLS referrals and questions.

 

Programs and Services Offered to STLS Students

  • Enrollment

    • Immediate enrollment of STLS students even if they lack health, immunization or school records, proof of guardianship, or proof of residence if:

      • FCP is their school of origin (the school in which the student was enrolled when permanently housed (school of origin 1) or the school in which the student was last enrolled (school of origin 2); or

      • There is an open seat available and FCP is currently enrolling (otherwise they will be added to the waitlist at FCP but are guaranteed an immediate seat at their neighborhood school).

    • Continued enrollment at FCP for as long as he/she remains in a temporary living situation or, if the student becomes permanently housed, until the end of the academic year (even if they are residing outside of Chicago).

  • Uniforms - All STLS students will automatically be provided with 2 uniform t-shirts, 2 pairs of uniform pants, and 1 pair of uniform shorts each year free of charge. STLS students may also request free uniform shoes, a sweater, and a belt if needed.

  • Supplies - STLS students may request free school supplies, hygiene supplies, and any other supplies included in the CPS STLS policy.

  • Transportation

    • All FCP STLS students may ride the FCP (Culver’s) bus or FCP van routes free of charge.

    • If FCP is School of Origin:

      • If parents/caregivers choose to continue their child’s education at FCP and FCP is the school of origin and transportation is requested, CPS will provide transportation to and from the school of origin, and all school-related activities, for as long as the student is in a temporary living situation or, if the student becomes permanently housed, until the end of the academic year.

      • Individual double-use paper CTA transportation cards are provided weekly by the FCP STLS Liason or Clerk to eligible students for students to travel to/from school. The adult caregivers of eligible 6th grade students may also receive paper CTA transportation cards to accompany their student(s) to/from school.

      • Eligible students in 6th grade only whose caregiver is unable to accompany them on public transportation due to a hardship may apply to CPS for yellow school bus service by submitting documentation or affidavit of their inability to transport the student. Contact CPS for additional details.

    • FCP is NOT School of Origin

      • If needed, existing SLTS students who are new to FCP in a given school year and are not eligible for paper CTA cards may request an FCP-funded plastic CTA card from the Main Office to use the CTA to get to and from school.

  • Fees - The annual school activity fee, extracurricular activity fees, required or customary class or extracurricular activity field trip fees, graduation fees (excluding the class trip, pictures, and all other optional graduation activities), and all other fees included in the CPS STLS policy are waived.

  • Meals - All Foundations’ students receive school meals (breakfast, lunch, and, if eligible, after-school meal) for free.

  • Medical - All Foundations’ students receive free physicals, required immunizations, dental exams and services, vision screenings, hearing screenings, and vision exams (and free glasses, if needed) if their parent or guardian provides written permission.

  • Additional Services - STLS students are eligible for tutoring services beyond those provided to all FCP students of at least one hour per week upon request. STLS students are eligible for referrals to other community service providers, such as low-cost or free medical services, as well as all other services included in the CPS STLS policy.

 

Contacts

  • FCP

    • STLS Clerk - Jalisa Williams - Front Office Clerk

    • STLS Liaison - Stephanie Faulkner

  • CPS

    • STLS General Contact - 773-553-2242 or STLSInformation@cps.edu

    • Marcellus Summers - Citywide Coordinator

      • msummers7@cps.edu

      • 773-535-4981

      • Eligibility, enrollment, fee waivers, disputes, enforcement of policies

    • Elyse Flores - Transportation/STLS Specialist

      • egflores1@cps.edu

      • 773-553-2239

      • CTA & hardship transportation, disputes

 

Additional Resources

CPS STLS website: www.cps.edu/STLS

CPS STLS policy (revised April 2016): www.cps.edu/STLSpolicy