Living Arrangements

  • Living Arrangements and Determination of Residence

    Custody Issues

    It is the school’s policy that the child always return home to the parent with custody.

    Determination of Custody: Determination of child custody is a legal process, not an educational one.  Once custody is determined by the courts, the parent shall provide the schools with a copy of that court order.  In the absence of such a document, the school will assume that the parent with whom the child resides has custody.

    Determining Residency: The residency of the child is assigned through custody.  A child may not live with a parent in another district and attend CV because the non-custodial parent resides in this district.  At the end of the school day, the child always returns home to the parent with custody unless written instructions are received from the custodial parent prior to the change.  The child’s attendance is the responsibility of the custodial parent.

    School Records: See page 62.

    Access to Child by Non-Custodial Parent: Unless specifically prohibited by the courts, non-custodial parents may have access to the child during school hours if such access is in the best interest of the child. School authorities, acting in loco parentis, may deny such access.  The key to the decision is what is determined to be in the child’s best interest.  Schools may notify the custodial parent prior to contact.   Permission of custodial parent is not required.

    Non-custodial parents may not take the child off school premises without consent (may be required in writing) of the custodial parent.

    Legal Rights of Stepparents: Stepparents have no legal right to the child except as described in the section under Student Records.  Stepparent signatures are not valid on school documents unless written permission is provided by the parent.

    Non-Custodial Mailing List: Mailing lists of non-custodial parents are kept by each school.  It is your responsibility to inform the school of your current address.

    Change of Address

    Any change of address necessitates completion of a change of address form in person.

    Residency: A Student’s Legal Residence is Where His/Her Parents Reside.

    There are only five exceptions to this:

    1. Court Placement: Foster child placement—a non-district child placed by the courts into a home in CV.
    2. Affidavit of Guardianship: The School Code permits a resident to allow a non-resident child to live in their home on a permanent basis. The living arrangement may not be only during the school year for school purposes.  Children meeting the requirements of this section are considered to be residents and, therefore, have all the rights & responsibilities as a resident student.
    • Likewise, the resident who sponsored the guardianship is also fully responsible and liable for the child’s education including attendance, discipline, and all school-related matters.
    • A child’s parent may be expected to sign the affidavit to verify the placement of their child.
    • A guardian must be 21 years old. For more information contact the building principal or the district case worker.
    1. Emancipation: Students who are on their own and living apart from parents and reside in CV may apply for emancipation for school purposes. An emancipated child is freed from all restraints and controls of the parent, financially independent, and totally responsible for all aspects of his/her education.
    • Persons wishing to attend CV as emancipated students shall contact the home school visitor or the administration or counselor for specific details.
    • Emancipation may be denied by the school if the district is not satisfied that the applicant meets all criteria.
    1. Tuition student: The Board may allow a non-resident to attend CV on a tuition basis. Application is through the Office of the Superintendent.
    2. Tuition waiver: The Board may allow a non-resident to begin or end a school year in CV pending the family’s move. Such permission is for a maximum of one marking period. In addition, juniors who are in good standing and whose parents were residents on the last day of their junior year may attend their last year at CV tuition free.  Application must be filed through the building principal.

    Living at an Alternate District Residence

    It is generally assumed that both parent and child live in the same home.  If a child leaves the home of the parent and moves into another home in the district, the building principal must be informed and an affadavit must be completed by parent and guardian.  The guardian will then be fully liable for all acts of the child.  All information will also be sent to the guardian rather than parent. 

    Attendance Areas

    Each elementary school has clearly defined attendance areas.  The student's residence determines the school they must attend.