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Families in Transition

​​RPS 205 ​serves the City of Rockford as well as parts of Winnebago County. During the 2015-16 school year, the District’s three Families in Transition (FIT) advocates worked with 2,386 youths from ages birth to 21 and that number continues to increase. The number of high school youth needing service has increased even more dramatically.  Rockford Public Schools Families in Transition Program has numerous local organizations they keep in contact with such as The Mayor's Task Force, Crusader Clinic's Health Care for Homelessness and local shelters.

Eligible Families

If you or your family live in any of the following situations:​

  • In a car, park, abandoned building​
  • In a motel/hotel, campground due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodation
  • Doubled-up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship

​Your school-aged children may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act.

Your eligible children have the right to:

  • Receive a free, appropriate public education
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment
  • Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents
  • Enroll in the local school; or continue attending their school of origin (the schools the attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is your preference and is feasible
    • If the school district believes that the school you select is not in the best interest of your child(ren), then the district must provide you with a written explanation of its position and inform you of your right to appeal this decision
  • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if you request this
  • Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to your children's needs
  • A priority to pre-school programs

Please contact the FIT Department if you believe your children may be eligible to find out what services and support may be available.​

  
  
  
  
Elmer RiceFamilies in Transition Student Coordinator815-966-3163ricee@rps205.com
Mary TrujilloFamilies in Transition Advocate815-966-3140mary.trujillo@rps205.com
Kevin AndersonFamilies in Transition​ Advocate​815-489-7203kevin.anderson@rps205.com
Angela LundinExecutive Assistant to Chief of Communications815-489-7346lundina@rps205.com
Earl DotsonChief of Communications815-489-7346earl.dotson@rps205.com
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