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4:140 Waiver of Student Fees

The Superintendent will recommend to the School Board a schedule of fees, if any, to be charged students for the use of textbooks, consumable materials, extracurricular activities, and other school student fees. Students must also pay fines for the loss of or damage to school books or other school-owned materials.
Fees for textbooks, other instructional materials, and driver education, and fines for the loss or damage of school property are waived for students who meet the eligibility criteria for a waiver as described in this policy. In order that no student is denied educational services or academic credit due to the inability of parents/guardians to pay student fees and fines, the Superintendent will recommend to the Board which additional fees and fines, if any, the District will waive for students who meet the eligibility criteria for a waiver. 

The Superintendent shall ensure that a notice of waiver availability is given to parents/guardians with every bill for fees and fines, and that applications for waivers are widely available and distributed according to State law and Ill. State Board of Education (ISBE) rule and that provisions for assisting parents/guardians in completing the application are available.

Eligibility Criteria
A student shall be eligible for a fee and fine waiver when:
1.    The student currently lives in a household that meets the same income guidelines, with the same limits based on household size, that are used for the federal free meals program; or
2.    The student’s parent/guardians are veterans or active-duty military personnel with income at or below 200% of the federal poverty line; or
3.    The student is homeless, as defined in the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. §11434a).

The Superintendent or designee will give additional consideration when one or more of the following factors are present:
•    Illness in the family;
•    Unusual expenses such as fire, flood, storm damage, etc.;
•    Unemployment;
•    Emergency situations;
•    When one or more of the parents/guardians are involved in a work stoppage.

The Superintendent or designee shall establish a process for determining a student’s eligibility for a waiver of fees and fines in accordance with State law requirements. 
If a student receiving a waiver is found to be no longer eligible during the school year, the Superintendent or designee shall notify the student’s parent/guardian and charge the student a prorated amount based upon the number of school days remaining in the school year. 

Determination and Appeal 
Within 30 calendar days after the receipt of a waiver request, the Superintendent or designee shall mail a notice to the parent/guardian whenever a waiver request is denied. The denial notice shall include: (1) the reason for the denial, (2) the process and timelines for making an appeal, and (3) a statement that the parent/guardian may reapply for a waiver any time during the school year if circumstances change. If the denial is appealed, the District shall follow the procedures for the resolution of appeals as provided in the ISBE rule on waiver of fees.

LEGAL REF.: 42 U.S.C. §14434a, McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.
105 ILCS 5/10-20.13, 5/27-24.2, and 5/10-22.25.
23 Ill. Admin. Code §1.245 [may contain unenforceable provisions].

CROSS REF.:  4:130 (Free and Reduced-Priced Food Services), 6:140 (Education of Homeless Children); 9.01 Acceptable Use of Technology

ADOPTED:  November 22, 2004

REVISED:  May 19, 2008
September 24, 2012
January 28, 2013
September 24, 2018
January 9, 2023