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Homelessness

If you or your family is experiencing homelessness or insecurity about where you are sleeping at night - there is help and you do have rights as a student experiencing homelessness.
The district homeless liaison for Pecatonica is Superintendent Dr. Jill Underly.
Please contact her with questions on your individual situation.


Parent Brochure

Definition: The McKinney-Vento Act states that children and youth who lack “a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence” will be considered homeless [42 U.S.C. §11434A(2)(A)]. The Act does not define those terms. However, the following definitions may provide guidance:
(1) Fixed: Securely placed or fastened; not subject to change or fluctuation. A fixed residence is one that is stationary, permanent, and not subject to change.
(2) Regular: Normal, standard; constituted, conducted, or done in conformity with established or prescribed usages, rules, or discipline; recurring, attending, or functioning at fixed or uniform intervals. Consistent. A regular residence is one which is used on a regular (i.e., nightly) basis.
(3) Adequate: Sufficient for a specific requirement; lawfully and reasonably sufficient. Fully sufficient; equal to what is required; lawfully and reasonably sufficient; sufficient for meeting both the physical and psychological needs typically met in home environments. 

 
School Board Policy on Homeless Students Rights
Are you uncertain if you are experiencing homelessness

There is a difference between fixed homelessness and temporary homelessness.

Educational Rights Poster (Youth):
English  |  Spanish

Educational Rights Poster (Parent):
English  |  Spanish

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction maintains much information about the federal laws protecting the rights of homeless students, as well as having an FAQ about common situations and questions that come up concerning homelessness. 

Homeless children and unaccompanied homeless youth must have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, and other services as provided to other children and youths to ensure that homeless children and youth have an opportunity to meet the same challenging State academic standards to which all students are held.  

handbook Copy of the School District's Homelessness Procedures Handbook

  1. Additional questions can be directed to Jill Underly, Ph.D., District Administrator and Homeless Liaison. 608-523-4248

    Complaints and disputes must follow the normal resolution process through the School District Administration/District Office. If that is unsatisfactory, however, complaints can then be directed to the State Department of Public Instruction, State Superintendent. 
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