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OPEN  ENROLLMENT

The District has an open-enrollment program as set forth in A.R.S. 15-816 et seq.  The open enrollment program described in this policy shall be placed on the District website and made available to the public on request.

No tuition shall be charged for open enrollment, except as authorized by applicable provisions of A.R.S. 15-76415-79715-82315-824, and 15-825.

Definitions

Resident transfer pupil means a resident pupil who is enrolled in or seeking enrollment in a school that is within the school district - but outside the attendance area - of the pupil's residence.

Nonresident pupil means a pupil who resides in this state and who is seeking enrollment in a school district other than the school district in which the pupil resides.

Enrollment  Options

District resident pupils may enroll in another school district or in another school within this District.  Resident transfer pupils and nonresident pupils may enroll in schools within this District, subject to the procedures that follow.

Information  and  Application

The Superintendent shall prepare a written information packet concerning the District's application process, standards for acceptance or rejection, and policies, regulations, and procedures for open enrollment.  The packet will be made available to everyone who requests it.

The information packet shall include the enrollment application form and shall advise applicants that they must submit enrollment applications on or before February 15 of each year to be considered for enrollment during the following school year.  Applications will continue to be accepted throughout the year, but placement preference will be given to those submitted prior to the date listed within this paragraph.

Capacity

The Superintendent shall annually estimate how much excess capacity may exist to accept transfer pupils.  The estimate of excess capacity shall be made for each school and grade level and shall take into consideration:

A.  District resident pupils in assigned school attendance areas, including those issued certificates of educational convenience and those required to be admitted by statute.

B.  The enrollment of eligible children of persons who are employed by the District.

C.  Resident transfer pupils who were enrolled in the school the previous year.

D.  Nonresident pupils who were enrolled in the school the previous year.

The Governing Board shall make the final determination of excess capacity and may require resident transfer pupils and/or nonresident pupils to be subject to the enrollment priorities and procedures found below.  The excess-capacity estimates shall be made available to the public in May of each year.

Enrollment  Priorities

If the Governing Board has determined that there is excess capacity to enroll additional pupils, such pupils shall be selected on the basis of designated priority categories from the pool of pupils:

A.  Who have properly completed and submitted applications; and

B.  Who meet admission standards.

The Pupil:

A.  exhibits good school attendance;

B.  demonstrates academic effort;

C.  displays appropriate school behavior as defined by the student handbook.

Enrollment priorities and procedures for selection shall be in the order and in accordance with the following:

A.  Enrollment preference shall be given to resident transfer pupils who were enrolled in the school the previous year and any sibling who would be enrolled concurrently with such pupils.  If capacity is not sufficient to enroll all of these pupils, they shall be selected through a random selection process adopted by regulation of the Superintendent.

B.  Enrollment preference shall be given to eligible children of persons who are employed by the District.

C. Enrollment preference shall be given to nonresident pupils who were enrolled in the school the previous year and any sibling who would be enrolled concurrently with such pupils.  If capacity is not sufficient to enroll all of these pupils, they shall be selected through a random selection process adopted by regulation of the Superintendent.

D.  Enrollment preference shall be given to resident transfer pupils who were not enrolled in the school the previous year.  If capacity is not sufficient to enroll all of these pupils, they shall be selected through a random selection process adopted by regulation of the Superintendent.

E.  Enrollment preference shall be given to nonresident pupils who were not enrolled in the school the previous year.  If capacity is not sufficient to enroll all of these pupils, they shall be selected through a random selection process adopted by regulation of the Superintendent.

F.   Enrollment preference may be given to children who are in foster care.

Admission  Standards

A school district may refuse to admit any pupil who has been expelled from another educational institution or who is in the process of being expelled from another educational institution.

Annual  Renewal  Process

Each resident transfer and nonresident pupil currently enrolled within a district school through open enrollment must submit annually prior to February 15 a requested for open enrollment for the following year.  Each request will be reviewed by school administration with faculty input to consider the following standards for continued open enrollment for the next school year.

The Pupil:

A.  exhibits good school attendance;

B.  demonstrates academic effort;

C.  displays appropriate school behavior as defined by the student handbook;

D.  continuing open enrollment status will not exceed grade level/classroom capacity.

The District may not deny open enrollment during the annual renewal for any pupil for any reason other than for any one (1) of the above criteria.  Notification will be provided to the parent within a reasonable period of time.  If the result is a nonrenewal of the next year's application for open enrollment, the pupil will still remain enrolled until the end of the current school year.

Notification

The District shall notify the emancipated pupil, parent, or legal guardian in writing by within a reasonable period of time whether the applicant has been accepted, placed on a waiting list pending the availability of capacity, or rejected. If the applicant is placed on a waiting list, the notification shall inform the emancipated pupil, parent, or legal guardian of the date when it will be determined whether there is capacity for additional enrollment in a school.  If the pupil's application is rejected, the reason for the rejection shall be stated in the notification.

As provided by A.R.S. 15-816.07, the District and its employees are immune from civil liability for decisions relative to the acceptance or rejection of the enrollment of a nonresident student when the decisions are based on good faith application of this policy and the applicable statutory requirements and standards.

Revocation

An approved open enrollment may be revoked at any time if it is determined that the provided information has been falsified or if information has been omitted from the open enrollment application.

Transportation  of  Students  Admitted
Through  Open  Enrollment

A resident transfer pupil may be eligible for District transportation on routes within the attendance boundaries of the school to which the student has been accepted for open enrollment transfer.  It would be the responsibility of the parents or guardians of the resident transfer pupil to have the pupil at a designated pickup point within the receiving school's transportation area.

Nonresident open enrollment students are eligible for District transportation from a designated pickup point on a bus route serving the attendance area of the school to which the student has been admitted, or as may be otherwise determined by the District.

The District may provide transportation for open enrollment nonresident students who meet the economic eligibility requirements established under the national school lunch and child nutrition acts for free or reduced price lunches:

A.  of not more than twenty (20) miles to and from:

1.  the school of attendance, or

2.  a pickup point on a regular District transportation route, or

3.  for the total miles traveled each day to an adjacent district.

The District shall provide transportation for nonresident transfer students with disabilities whose individualized education program (IEP) specifies that transportation is necessary for fulfillment of the program:

A.  of not more than twenty (20) miles to and from:

1.  the school of attendance, or

2.  a pickup point on a regular District transportation route, or

3.  for the total miles traveled each day to an adjacent district.

Exception

Should there be excess capacity remaining for which no applications were submitted by the date established, the Superintendent, upon approval by the Board, shall authorize additional enrollment of nonresident pupils:

A.  Up to the determined capacity.

B.  On the basis of the order of the completed applications submitted after the notification date established in this policy.

C.  Without regard to enrollment preference.

D.  As long as admission standards are met.

Adopted:  October 10, 2017

LEGAL REF.: 
A.R.S.
8-371 
15-764
15-797
15-816 et seq.
15-823
15-824
15-825
15-841
15-922

CROSS REF.: 
EEAA - Walkers and Riders
IIB - Class Size
JF - Student Admissions
JFAA - Admission of Resident Students
JFAB - Admission of Nonresident Students
JFABD - Admission of Homeless Students
JG - Assignment of Students to Classes and Grade Levels