• 501.15


    The school district will participate in open enrollment as a receiving district. As a receiving district, the board will allow nonresident students, who meet the legal requirements, to open enroll into the school district. The board shall have complete discretion to determine the attendance center of the students attending the school district under open enrollment.

    The superintendent will approve timely filed applications by June 1; timely filed applications are those received by the receiving district by March 1; excluding incoming kindergarten applications; good cause application; or continuation of an educational program application which must be filed by the third Thursday of the following September.

    The superintendent will notify the sending school district within five days of the board’s or superintendent’s action to approve or deny the open enrollment request.

    Open enrollment requests into the school district will not be approved if insufficient classroom space exists. Open enrollment requests into the school district will also not be approved for students who have been suspended or expelled by the administration or the board of the school district the student is or was attending until the student has been reinstated into the school district from which the student was suspended or expelled. Once the student is reinstated, the student’s open enrollment request will be considered in the same manner as other open enrollment requests provided the required timelines are met.

    The District’s first obligation is to its resident students. Therefore, sufficient classroom space will be determined and approved by the board of education on an annual basis. Enrollment figures are determined to be the optimum capacity at each grade level given the nature of physical space, equipment and materials, and other considerations.

    Open enrollment requests into the district for children of North Polk Community School District contracted regular employees will be approved regardless of classroom space. The Superintendent may, in his/her discretion, bring requests to the board for their approval.

    Open enrollment requests into the district that, if denied, would result in students from the same nuclear family being enrolled in different school districts, will be given highest priority if sufficient classroom space is available. The board, in its discretion, may waive the insufficient classroom space reason for denial for students of the same nuclear family to prevent the division of a nuclear family between two school districts. Other open enrollment requests into the school district are considered in the order received by the school district with the first open enrollment request given a higher priority than the second open enrollment request and so forth.

    Generally, students in grades nine through twelve open enrolling into the school district shall not be eligible for participation in interscholastic athletics, at the varsity level, during the first ninety days of open enrollment into the school district.

    Parents of students whose open enrollment requests are approved by the superintendent or the board are responsible for providing transportation to and from the receiving school district without reimbursement. The board will not approve transportation into the sending district.

    An open enrollment request into the school district from parents of a special education student shall be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The determining factors for approval of such an open enrollment request will be whether the special education program available in the school district is appropriate for the student's needs and whether the enrollment of the special education student will cause the class size to exceed the maximum allowed. The area education agency director of special education serving the school district will determine whether the program is appropriate. The special education student will remain in the sending district until the final determination is made.

    The policies of the school district will apply to students attending the school district under open enrollment.

    It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop appropriate office procedures and administrative regulations necessary for open enrollment requests.

    Legal Reference:Iowa Code §§ 139A.9; 274.1; 279.11; 282.1, .3, .8, .18; 299.1 (2009).

    281 I.A.C. 17.

    1990 Op. Att'y Gen. 75.

    Cross Reference:501.6Student Transfers In

    501.7   Student Transfers Out or Withdrawals

    501.14 Open Enrollment Transfers - Procedures as a Sending District

    506     Student Records

    507     Student Health and Well-Being

    606.6   Insufficient Classroom Space

    Approved: 02/16/2006

    Reviewed: 01/19/2006

    Revised:03/24/2011, 01/19/2012, 03/22/2016