202.  ELIGIBILITY OF NONRESIDENT STUDENTS - Pg.

202.  ELIGIBILITY OF NONRESIDENT STUDENTS

1.        Purpose

        SC 501, 502

The Board shall operate District schools for the benefit of students residing in this District who are eligible for attendance.

2.        Authority

        SC 1301, 1316

        Pol. 200

The Board may permit the admission of nonresident students in accordance with policy.

        SC 1302

        Title 22

        Sec. 11.19

The Board shall require that appropriate legal documentation showing dependency or guardianship or a sworn statement of full residential support be filed with the Board Secretary before an eligible non-resident student may be accepted as a student in the District schools. The Board may require a resident to submit additional reasonable information to substantiate a sworn statement, in accordance with guidelines issued by the Department of Education.

The Board reserves the right to verify claims of residency, dependency and guardianship and to remove from school attendance a nonresident student whose claim is invalid.

        SC 1302

        Pol. 906

If information contained in the sworn statement of residential support is found to be false, the student shall be removed from school, after notice is given of an opportunity to appeal the student's removal, in accordance with Board Policy 906, Public Complaints.

The Board shall not be responsible for transportation to or from school for any nonresident student residing outside District boundaries.

        SC 1316, 2561

Tuition rates shall be determined in accordance with statute. Tuition shall be charged monthly, in advance of attendance.

Exceptions to this policy may be considered by the Board.

3.        Guidelines

Nonresident Children Placed In The District

        SC 1305

Any child placed in the home of a District resident by a court or government agency shall be admitted to the schools and shall receive the same benefits and be subject to the same responsibilities as resident children.

Residents Of Institutions

        SC 1306, 1307,                 1308, 1309,                 1310

        Title 22

        Sec. 11.18

A child who is living in or assigned to a facility or institution for the care or training of children located within this District is not a legal resident of the District by such placement; but s/he shall be admitted to District schools, and a charge shall be made for tuition in accordance with statute.

Prospective Residents

        SC 1316

In the event a parent/guardian has arranged to establish a residence within the Governor Mifflin School District but has not moved into the property before the opening of school but plans to move in during the school term, s/he may enroll his/her child or children in the Governor Mifflin Schools after receiving the approval of the Superintendent and indicating agreement to enroll the children with the understanding that no tuition will be charged as long as the parent/guardian officially moves into the property within forty-five (45) school days of the first day of school (end of 1st marking period).

If residency is not established by this time, then tuition payments will be required, retroactive to the first day of attendance.

For students enrolled after the close of the 1st marking period, tuition payments will be required from the date of enrollment to the date the parent/guardian officially establishes a residence within the Governor Mifflin School District.

Present Residents

For current residents who find it necessary to take up residency outside of the District prior to moving into another residence within the District, tuition will be charged following a forty-five (45) school day grace period. The grace period will begin the earlier of the date the person takes up residence outside the District or on the date settlement occurs on the resident's present home in the District.

If residency is not established by this time, then tuition payments will be required from the earlier of the date the person took up residence outside the District or on the date settlement occurred on the resident's previous home in the District.

Past Residents

If the parent/guardian of a child enrolled in the Governor Mifflin Schools moves from the Governor Mifflin School District during the last forty-five (45) school days of the school year, the child may finish the school year tuition free. However, if more than forty-five (45) school days of the school year remain, then the established tuition rate shall be charged for the balance of the school year.

Senior Students/Tuition Students

Upon written request of the parent/guardian, 12th grade students of parents/ guardians moving out of the Governor Mifflin School District any time after completion of the junior year will be permitted to complete the senior year at Governor Mifflin without a tuition charge. Other requests will be at the Board's decision.

Tuition students will be accepted on a space available basis. Tuition will be calculated as outlined below.

        Pol. 218

Continuation of permission to attend Governor Mifflin High School as a senior student/tuition student will be contingent upon the student's maintenance of attendance, behavioral and academic standards that reflect continued positive progress toward scheduled graduation. Failure to maintain these standards or repeated violations of the District's behavioral code may result in the Board's revocation of this permission.

Other Nonresident Students

        SC 1302

        Title 22

        Sec. 11.19

A nonresident student may be admitted to District schools without payment of tuition where attendance is justified on the grounds that the student lives full-time and not just for the school year with District residents who have assumed legal dependency or guardianship or full residential support of the student.

        202 AR

All requests should be presented to the Superintendent in writing stating reasons for request.

4.        Delegation of         Responsibility

The Superintendent or designee shall develop procedures for the enrollment of nonresident students which:

  1. Admit such students only on proper application and submission of required documentation by the parent/guardian.

  1. Verify claims of residency.

        Pol. 103

  1. Do not exclude any eligible student on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or handicap/disability.

        202 AR-1

  1. Deny admission where the educational facilities or program maintained for District students is inadequate to meet the needs of the applicant.

  1. Make continued enrollment of any nonresident student contingent upon maintaining established standards of attendance, discipline and academics.

  1. Deny admission when there is evidence of criminal behavior or behavior infractions.

The Superintendent shall report to the Board for its information the enrollment of each nonresident student.

References:

School Code – 24 P.S. Sec. 501, 502, 1301, 1302, 1305, 1306, 1306.2, 1309, 1310,         1316, 2503, 2561

State Board of Education Regulations – 22 PA Code Sec. 11.18, 11.19, 11.41

Board Policy – 103, 200, 906

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