Homeless ServicesHomeless children & youth have the right to a free, appropriate public education.
The Decatur Independent School District is committed to ensuring that homeless children and youth have access to a quality education in our public schools. All of our schools can help ease the difficulties encountered by homeless families.
What homeless families need to know:
Who Is homeless?
Anyone who, due to a lack of housing, lives:
- In emergency or transitional shelters
- In motels, hotels, campgrounds, abandoned in hospitals, or awaiting foster care
- In cars, parks, public places, bus or train stations, or abandoned buildings
- Doubled up with relatives or friends
- Migratory children living in these conditions
Please click here for the Student Residency Questionnaire found on the Online Enrollment webpage.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 home school 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, contact your school or the District Special Education office at 817-215-0054.
At school, ask about these special services:
- Free breakfast and lunch programs
- Possible transportation assistance for children to remain in their home school
- Tutoring programs
- Gifted or talented programs
- Summer School programs
- Programs to help children learn English
What your family can do before you move:
- Tell your child"s teacher and principal that your child is moving, and give them your new address.
- Let school officials know if you want your child to stay in his/her home school 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.
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.