The school district will participate in open enrollment as a sending district. As a sending district, the board will allow resident students who meet the requirements to open enroll to another public school district.
Parents requesting open enrollment out of the district for their student will notify the sending and receiving school districts no later than March 1st in the school year preceding the first year desired for open enrollment. The notice is made on forms provided by the Department of Education. The forms are available at the Linn-Mar Learning Resource Center (2999 N 10th Street, Marion) or via the district website (www.Linnmar.k12.ia.us).
Parents of students who will begin kindergarten in the school district are exempt from the open enrollment deadline of March 1st. Parents of students who will begin kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students enrolled in Special Education programs and included in the district’s basic enrollment will file in the same manner set forth above by September 1st. Parents who have good cause as defined by law for failing to meet the March 1st deadline may make an open enrollment request by September 1st unless another deadline applies.
The superintendent [or designee] has the authority to approve good cause applications or continuation of an educational program application. The board will approve all other open enrollment requests according to the timelines established by law.
The superintendent [or designee] will notify the parents of the action to approve or deny the open enrollment request. Approved open enrollment requests are transmitted by the superintendent [or designee] to the receiving district after action is taken on the open enrollment request.
The board will not approve a student's request to allow the receiving district to enter the district for the purposes of transportation. Parents may withdraw their open enrollment request prior to the start of the school year.
Open enrollment requests out of the district from parents of Special Education students are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The determining factor for approval of such an open enrollment request will be whether the Special Education program available in the receiving school district is appropriate for the student's needs. The area education agency’s Director of Special Education serving the school district will determine whether the program is appropriate. The Special Education student will remain in the school district until the final determination is made.
It is the responsibility of the superintendent [or designee] to maintain open enrollment request applications and notice forms. It is also the responsibility of the superintendent [or designee] to develop appropriate office procedures and administrative regulations necessary for open enrollment requests.
Reviewed: 6/12; 10/13; 4/15; 1/18; 2/21
Revised: 6/11; 9/21
Related Policy (Code #): 501.9-10; 602.2-3; 602.7; 602.23; 602.25-26
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 139A.8; 274.1; 279.11; 282.1, .3, .8; 299.1; 281 IAC 17
IASB Reference: 501.14