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602.24 - Open Enrollment - Procedures as a Sending District

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 out to another public school district.

Parents requesting open enrollment out of the district for their students will notify the sending and receiving districts in accordance with district procedures. This 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 (

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 for open enrollment in the same manner set forth above.

The receiving district will approve or deny open enrollment requests according to the timelines established by law. Parents may withdraw their open enrollment requests prior to approval by the school board.

The superintendent [or designee] from the receiving district will notify the parents and the sending district by mail within five days of the school board’s action to approve or deny their open enrollment requests.

The superintendent [or designee] has the authority to approve good cause applications or continuation of an educational program application. The school board will approve all other open enrollment requests according to the timelines established by law. The school board will not approve an open enrollment request to allow the receiving district to enter the district for the purposes of transportation.

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 open enrollment requests is whether the Special Education program available in the receiving school district is appropriate for the student's Special Education needs. The Director of Special Education from the area education agency 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.

Adopted: 3/99
Reviewed: 6/12; 10/13; 4/15; 1/18; 2/21
Revised: 6/11; 9/21; 10/22
Related Policy: 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