Residency Verification


All District 401 students must be Elmwood Park residents by the start of the new school year. For 2017-18, that date is Aug. 16, 2017.

A student's residence is the same as the person who has legal custody of the student.

Parents/legal custodians must provide documentary proof of residency every year, regardless of how many years they have lived in Elmwood Park. 

The District's residency requirement and related procedures are governed by Section 7:60 of the Board of Education's District Policy Manual.


Required Proof of Residency Form


Families must submit District 401's Proof of Residency Form. This form can be obtained here, and it requires three supporting documents. See the form for details.

A student's proof of residency must be supplied to District 401, or the student will be not be scheduled for classes. This requirement applies to all students, new and returning.


Where to Send Your Residency Documents


If your student is new to the District during the school year, bring your residency documents to your home school.

If your child is a returning student, proof of residency must be sent to the District 401 Registrar’s Office, which is located at Elmwood Park High School. Please mail your proof-of-residency documents to:

Kim Kaminski, Registrar
Elmwood Park High School
8201 W. Fullerton Ave.
Elmwood Park, IL 60707

As an alternative to mailing, you may fax your documents to this number:

► 708-452-0732

Or you may scan your documents and email them to the Registrar's Office at this address:

► registration@epcusd401.org


Enrollment of Homeless Students


Any homeless child shall be immediately admitted, even if the child or child's parent/guardian is unable to produce records normally required to establish residency.

For more information, please see our Enrollment If Homeless page.

Section 6:140 of the Board of Education's District Policy Manual governs District 401's enrollment of homeless children.


Moves or Military Obligations


A student whose family moves out District 401 during the school year will be permitted to attend school for the remainder of the year without payment of tuition.

When a student's change of residence is due to the military service obligation of the student's legal custodian, the student's residence is deemed to be unchanged for the duration of the custodian's military service obligation if the student's custodian has made a written request. District 401, however, is not responsible for the student's transportation to or from school.


Admission of Non-Residents


Non-resident students may attend a District 401 school without payment of tuition pursuant to one of the following:

► A written agreement with an adjacent school district to provide for tuition-free attendance by a student of that district, provided both the District 401 Superintendent or designee and the adjacent district determine that the student's health and safety will be served by such attendance.

► A written agreement with cultural exchange organizations and institutions supported by charity to provide for tuition-free attendance by foreign exchange students and non-resident pupils of charitable institutions.

► An intergovernmental agreement.

► A State or federal law or a court order mandating the acceptance of a non-resident student.


How the District Verifies Residency


The District has several options that can confirm or disprove residency:

► The District subscribes to a special database that has access to public records. 

► The District may also use a private investigations company to assist. 


If Non-Residency Is Proven


If District 401 determines that a non-resident student is attending a District school and is not covered by a permitted exception, the person who enrolled the student will be notified of the non-resident tuition amount that is due, and the District will immediately begin proceedings to ban the student from future attendance.

The notice shall be given by certified mail, return receipt requested.

The person who enrolled the student may challenge this determination and request a hearing as provided by the Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/10-20.12b).


Applicable Penalties


In Illinois, it is a Class C misdemeanor to knowingly enroll or attempt to enroll a child in the wrong school district, or to knowingly or willfully present false information regarding the residency of a child for enrollment purposes. See 105 ILCS 5/10-20.12b(e)-(f)

In addition, as noted above, the person who enrolled the student will be billed for each day of non-resident tuition.


For More Information


Additional information about District 401's rules, requirements and procedures concerning residency can be found in Section 7:60 of the Board of Education's District Policy Manual.