January 3, 2019
As you may have seen, law enforcement released information about an adult individual who sought to enroll as a student at Cairo-Durham High School under the guise of being a 15-year-old homeless student. While we are not able to comment in-depth on an ongoing police investigation, we wanted to at least share some information with our community.
When the individual attempted to enroll in December, the district immediately contacted law enforcement to investigate after some red flags were raised. Based on the federal McKinney-Vento Act and the individual’s identification as a homeless student, she was entitled to immediate enrollment.
The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal regulation that requires schools to provide homeless students with the right to enroll in public school immediately, even if lacking the documents normally required for enrollment (e.g., immunization records, residency, academic records). Under this act, a student can enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers the needed documents. As part of this process, we discovered issues and immediately contacted the Greene County Sheriff’s Office to investigate.
We want to stress that the individual was on campus for only one day and was continually under the supervision of district staff. Students who may have had contact with the individual have already been interviewed.
We will continue to cooperate with the Sheriff’s Office as well as review the McKinney-Vento enrollment procedures with officials at the New York State Education Department.