G-FYI™: Gilmer County Intra-County Student Transfer, Policy – 5118
The following Gilmer County Schools policy is up for public comment until Thursday, August 23, 2012.
GILMER COUNTY SCHOOLS
INTRA-COUNTY STUDENT TRANSFER
The Superintendent shall cause to be published both a text description and a map of the attendance area for each school. Proposed modifications of attendance areas shall be placed on first reading at a regularly scheduled meeting. The Board shall not take action upon such proposed modification until the next ensuing regularly scheduled meeting.
The “home school” for exceptional students shall be within the attendance area of residence unless a student’s IEP designates a school outside the area of residence based upon educational/related services programming needs.
Except as hereinafter provided, students shall be required to attend the appropriate school within the attendance area where they reside. Residence shall be determined by the residence of the custodial parent[s], guardian or legally responsible adult or institution.
Applications for admission to the public schools shall be made at the appropriate school located within the attendance area of student residence. The principal or other person responsible for admission and registration procedures may require the submission of information to verify residence. If admission is sought at a school outside the attendance area of the student resident, application shall be made to the Superintendent’s designee.
The following criteria shall be considered with respect to applications to attend schools outside the attendance area of student residence:
1. Student-teacher ratio limitations,
2. Any factors relevant to the best interest of either the student or the school district.
3. With respect to exceptional students, receipt of written acknowledgment that the basis for the application is non-programmatic.
Out of Area Enrollments/Continuing Status.
Upon the approval of an application of a student to attend a school outside the area of residence, such student shall be deemed to be a resident of the receiving school’s attendance area for purposes of this policy. Furthermore, any student who has been approved to attend school outside the area of residence may elect to be considered a resident of the attendance area of school or schools fed by the school to which the student has transferred. Provided, however, in the event any applicable pupil-teacher ratio is exceeded by virtue of out-of-area transfer students, such transfer students shall be subject to return to the school in the area of residence. For all approved student transfers as of the effective date of this policy, students subject to return shall be returned on a last in / first-out basis. For student transfers approved after the effective date of the policy, students shall be returned on a random selection basis determined by the Superintendent.
The Superintendent may transfer any student from one school to another for reasons determined to be in the best interest of the school district.
Any decision by the Superintendent or his or her designee to either disapprove a request to enroll a student in a school outside the attendance area of a student’s residence or to transfer a student from one school to another may be appealed to the Board. The Board’s decision on any such appeal shall be final.
Students who are admitted to schools outside the attendance area of residence shall not be entitled to transportation. However, such students may ride on existing school bus routes on a space-available basis.
This policy shall be reviewed in accordance with the Policy Review Schedule published by the Superintendent.
West Virginia Code § 18-5-16
Effective Date: _______________________