The Catalina Foothills Unified School District (CFSD) has an open enrollment program pursuant to A.R.S. 15-816 et seq., to provide educational options for both resident and nonresident students. The primary driver for admitting nonresident students to CFSD is to achieve and maintain a system wide student enrollment that supports the efficient operation of all CFSD schools. The open enrollment program described in this policy shall be placed on the CFSD website.
Resident transfer pupil means a CFSD resident pupil who is enrolled in or seeking enrollment in a school that is within CFSD but outside the attendance area of the pupil's residence.
Nonresident pupil means a pupil who resides in this state, but not in CFSD, and who is seeking enrollment in a CFSD school.
Resident transfer pupils and nonresident pupils may enroll in schools within CFSD, subject to the procedures that follow.
Information and Application
The Superintendent shall prepare information concerning the District's application process, standards for acceptance or rejection, and policies, regulations, and procedures for open enrollment. Information for the next school year will be made available beginning November 1.
The information shall include the enrollment application form and shall advise applicants that they must submit enrollment applications before February 1 of each year to be considered for the first round of decision-making for enrollment during the following school year.
The Superintendent shall annually estimate how much excess capacity may exist to accept transfer pupils. The estimate of excess capacity shall be made subject to the class size limit established for the school and/or its grade levels and the availability of specific services needed by individual applicants who have disabilities, and shall take into consideration:
● CFSD resident pupils in assigned school attendance areas, including those issued certificates of educational convenience and those required by statute to be admitted.
● The enrollment of eligible children of employees for whom there are open enrollment applications. In order to encourage qualified employees - those who are employed at least twenty (20) hours per week - to join the staff, children of employees will be given enrollment preference. Such staff members must be in a current employment status (current notice of appointment, contract, or Board-approved LOA).
● Resident transfer pupils who were enrolled in the school the previous year.
If 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 who:
● Submitted completed applications; and
● Meet admission standards.
Enrollment priorities and procedures for selection shall be in the following order. In each case if capacity is not sufficient to enroll all of the pupils, they shall be selected through the process defined in Regulation JFB-R.
● Resident transfer pupils who were enrolled in the school the previous year and any sibling who would be enrolled concurrently with such pupils.
● Nonresident pupils who were enrolled in the school the previous year and any sibling who would be enrolled concurrently with such pupils.
● Resident transfer pupils who were not enrolled in the school the previous year.
● Nonresident pupils who were not enrolled in the school the previous year.
Note: The Superintendent may authorize the intra-District transfer of any resident student enrolled in another CFSD school, if extenuating circumstances exist involving the safety or well-being of the student that are sufficient to merit such individual treatment. If so, an application for transfer under the open enrollment program is not required. Such special assignment must be recommended by the sending and receiving building principals.
The following circumstances may result in denial of admission or permission to transfer, or revocation of previously granted admission or permission to transfer, of an open enrollment student:
● The student, or his or her parent or guardian, has engaged in misconduct by providing false or misleading information to CFSD or to any CFSD employee, including information requested or required on any open enrollment or admission application;
● The student, in CFSD or as a result of attendance in any other public or private school, is currently under suspension or expulsion, has in the past been suspended or expelled, or has been involved in a series of disciplinary problems;
● The student, in CFSD or any other public or private school, withdrew from school to avoid possible suspension or expulsion;
● The student, in CFSD or any other public or private school, has a record of excessive absences or truancies;
● The student is not in compliance with any condition of disciplinary action imposed by CFSD or by any other public or private school, or with any condition imposed by a juvenile court pursuant to A.R.S. 8-301 et seq.;
● The student has been adjudicated delinquent or convicted of a crime.
Students who apply for open enrollment status in CFSD must:
● Submit a completed open enrollment application before February 1 of the school year preceding the year in which open enrollment status is sought for consideration in the first round of decision-making;
● Agree to provide their own transportation, except for students with disabilities whose individualized education program specifies that transportation is necessary for fulfillment of the program;
● Agree to abide by CFSD student conduct policies and the individual school's rules;
● Agree to regular and punctual attendance; and
● Agree that violation of the admission standards set forth in this policy or of CFSD's student conduct policies and the individual school's rules will be cause for revocation of their open enrollment status.
During the first round of decision-making, CFSD shall notify the emancipated pupil, parent, or legal guardian in writing by March 1 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, CFSD 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.
Should there be excess capacity remaining after the first round of decision-making for which no applications were submitted by the date established, the Superintendent may authorize additional enrollment of nonresident pupils:
● Up to the determined capacity.
● On the basis of the order of the completed applications submitted after the notification date established in this policy. Note: Applications may be submitted and considered throughout the school year for which applicants seek admittance.
● Without regard to enrollment preference.
● As long as admission standards and eligibility guidelines are met.
Transportation of open enrolled students is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. However, the District may allow open enrollment pupils to use District transportation services at existing routes and stops to the extent capacity exists after the transportation needs of resident pupils have been met. When the number of open enrollment transportation requests exceeds capacity, priority for such services will be based on this order:
● Resident transfer pupils.
● Nonresident pupils requesting the same bus and bus stop as previously approved at their current school in the prior school year, and any sibling who would be enrolled in the same school with such pupils.
● Nonresident pupils requesting bus service who were not approved at their current school in the prior school year.
Adopted: November 14, 2017
15-816 et seq.
42 U.S.C. 11301, McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2001,
as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015
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
JFB-R - Open Enrollment
JG - Assignment of Students to Classes and Grade Levels