Below are some examples of acceptable enrollment policies, such as requesting proof of residency in the school district, as well as policies that may not be used by schools to deny enrollment to your child.
Proof of Residency in the School District. School officials may request proof that you live within the boundaries of the school district. School districts typically accept a variety of documents for this purpose, such as copies of phone and water bills, lease agreements, affidavits, or other documents. A school district’s requirements to establish residency must be applied in the same way for all children. A school district may not ask about your or your child’s citizenship or immigration status to establish residency within the district, nor may a school district deny a homeless child (including a homeless child who is undocumented) enrollment because he or she cannot provide the required documents to establish residency. While a school district may choose to include a parent’s state-issued identification or driver’s license among the documents that can be used to establish residency, a school district may not require such documentation to establish residency or for other purposes where such a requirement would unlawfully bar a student whose parents are undocumented from enrolling in school.
Proof of Age. School officials may request documentation to show that a student falls within the school district’s minimum and maximum age requirements. School districts typically accept a variety of documents for this purpose, such as a religious, hospital, or physician’s certificate showing date of birth; an entry in a family bible; an adoption record; an affidavit from a parent; a birth certificate; or previously verified school records. Although a school district might request documents such as those listed above to verify your child’s age, a school district may not prevent or discourage your child from enrolling in or attending school because he or she lacks a birth certificate or has records that indicate a foreign place of birth, such as a foreign birth certificate.
Social Security Numbers. Some school districts request a student’s social security number during enrollment to use as a student identification number. If a school district requests a student’s social security number, it must: (1) inform you and your child that providing it is voluntary and that refusing to provide it will not bar your child from enrolling in or attending school, and (2) explain for what purpose the number will be used. A school district may not prevent your child from enrolling in or attending school if you choose not to provide your child’s social security number. A school district may not require you to provide your own social security number in order for your child to enroll in or attend school.
Race or Ethnicity Data. School districts have some Federal and state obligations to report race and ethnicity data about the students in their schools. A school district may request that you provide your child’s race or ethnicity for this purpose. However, a school district may not bar your child from enrolling if you choose not to provide your child’s race or ethnicity.
If you want to learn more about your rights and the rights of your child when enrolling in public school, or if you believe that a school district is violating Federal law, you may contact the following government agencies: • Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section Telephone: (877) 292-3804 (toll-free) Fax: (202) 514-8337 Email: email@example.com.• Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights Telephone: (800) 421-3481 (toll-free) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org If you wish to fill out a complaint form online with the Department of Education, you may do so at http://www.ed.gov/ocr/complaintintro.html.• Department of Education, Office of the General Counsel Telephone: (202) 401-6000 Fax: (202) 205-2689.
If you have any questions as to the information solicited on the registration form, please contact Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ann-Marie Foucault at 763-497-3180.
Please email email@example.com or call 763-497-2688 if you prefer to complete a paper copy of the 2018-19 Kindergarten registration form.