Enrollment and Registration

Enrollment

Students NEW to the Smithton School District are required to enroll at the school office at 316 South Hickory Street. A parent/guardian must be present to complete the enrollment process.

ESTABLISHING STUDENT RESIDENCY

  1. You must present a certified or registered birth certificate for the student at the time of enrollment.

  2. You must present three documents as proof of residence bearing the name and in-district address of the parent/guardian of the child.

Acceptable proofs:

  • Lease/rental agreement

  • Most recent property tax bill

  • Mortgage statement

  • Closing papers on a recently purchased house

  • Current driver's license or state identification card

  • Current vehicle registration

  • Current public aid card with student's name

  • Most recent (within 60 days) utility bill (For example: gas, electric, cable television, trash, water bill
    (No cell phones)

Anyone with a Custody Order Seeking to Enroll a Student 
You must present court order, agreement, judgment, or decree that awards or gives custody of the student to any person (including divorce decrees awarding custody to one or both parents). 

Non-Parent Seeking to Enroll a Student 
You must complete and sign 
Evidence of Non-Parent's Custody, Control, and Responsibility of a Student form, along with district approval. (This must be done on a yearly basis). 

IMPORTANT 
The School District reserves the right to evaluate the evidence presented, and merely presenting the items listed in this Procedure does not guarantee admission. 

WARNING 
If a student is determined to be a nonresident of the District for whom tuition must be charged, the persons enrolling the student are liable for non-resident tuition from the date the student began attending a District school as a non-resident. 

A person who knowingly enrolls or attempts to enroll in this School District on a tuition-free basis a student known by that person to be a nonresident of the District is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor, except in very limited situations as defined in State law (105 ILCS 5/10-20.12b(e). 

A person who knowingly or willfully presents to the School District any false information regarding the residency of a student for the purpose of enabling that student to attend any school in that District without the payment of a nonresident tuition charge is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor (105 ILCS 5/10-20.12b(f).

Registration

Each summer ALL students are required to register for the upcoming school year. Items required for registration are listed above below. Yearly registration is generally held later in the summer. Registration details (dates/times) can be found on the district's web site. 

  1. Proof of residency (3)

  2. Copy of certified birth certificate (if not already provided)

  3. Emergency information

  4. Health and dental records

  5. Free and reduced lunch application (if applicable)

  6. Payment of student fees

    • Current fees: $55, Tech: $45

    • Kindergarten snack fee: $96

    • 4th grade recorders fee: $15

    • 8th grade graduation cap and gown: $30

Resources

Affidavit of Enrollment and Residency

*for adults who have assumed responsibility for a pupil and provide the pupil with a fixed, nighttime abode, for reasons other than access to the educational programs of the school district.

Homelessness

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act ensures the educational rights and protections of homeless children and youth so that they may enroll in school, attend regularly, and be successful. The legislation requires a local homeless education liaison in every school district to assist children and unaccompanied youth in their efforts to attend school. The homeless education liaison for Smithton School is Lori Rainbolt.  For questions regarding homelessness, please contact the Smithton school office at 618-233-6863.

This act guarantees homeless children and youth the following:

  • The right to immediate enrollment in school, even if lacking paperwork normally required for enrollment.

  • The right to attend school in his/her school of origin (if this is requested by the parent and is feasible) or in the school in the attendance area where the family or youth is currently residing

  • The right to receive transportation to his/her school of origin, if this is requested by the parent.

  • The right to services comparable to those received by housed schoolmates, including transportation and supplemental educational services.

  • The right to attend school along with children not experiencing homelessness. Segregation based on a student's status as homeless is strictly prohibited

  • The posting of homeless students’ rights in all schools and other places around the community.

While having the opportunity to enroll and succeed in school may seem like a given to many of us, the McKinney-Vento Act was enacted due to the numerous barriers homeless children faced in obtaining a free, appropriate, public education.

Who is homeless?

The term "homeless children and youth" as defined by the McKinney-Vento Act means individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; and includes--

  • Children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or 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 a awaiting foster care placement

  • Children and youths 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

  • Children and youths who are living in a cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus/train stations, or similar settings,

  • Migratory children who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described above

McKinney - Vento definition of Homelessness

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