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Open Enrollment/School Choice Permits

Students who wish to attend a school other than their resident boundary school may submit an early and/or late enrollment permit to transfer to a school they wish to attend (District Policy AS93-Open Enrollment/School Choice and §53G-6-401-407). Decisions regarding the acceptance of permits are made at the local school. Permit applications are submitted electronically using the link provided by the district. The link may be found on individual school web pages or on the Planning and Enrollment web page. Paper permits may no longer be used.

Permits determine residency and shall not be used to track programs. Only students who attend a non-resident school (out of boundary) need a permit. Students enrolled using the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act shall not be placed on a permit regardless of the program or school.

Submitting a Permit

Submitted permit applications are assigned to schools according to the school request priority. Only the first choice school may verify and approve the permit. The permit process is as follows:

  • A permit is submitted online through the School Choice Application.
  • The school verifies the information of each permit application for accuracy and completeness.
  • The school resolves all “duplicate” record issues.
  • The school approves the request. This will allow the permit request to be processed.
  • On the first business day of the week, Planning and Student Services will process all school approved permit requests.
      • Processed permits are placed on the requested schools “wait list”.
      • Permit data is uploaded to Skyward for “seated” students.
  • Schools offer seats to waitlisted permits based on the permit criteria (see Early or Late Enrollment Requirements below).
  • Schools communicate waitlist or seat placement to permit requestor(s).
  • Schools verify Skyward data for each student “seated”.

Permit Guidelines (§53G-6-401 through 407)

  • Permits are governed by two (2) permit windows; early and late enrollment.
  • Applications shall be submitted to and accepted by schools.
  • Unless otherwise directed by the Board, permits are considered in the order in which they are received.
  • The schools waitlist shall be used to determine any available seats regardless of the permit window or time of year.
  • Program permits (ALPs, DLI) are not considered an early or late enrollment permit.
  • Parent(s)/legal guardian(s) are responsible for the student’s transportation to and from the requested school should they accept a seat offer.
  • Students accepted on permit are obligated to remain at the requested school through the end of the requested school year.
  • Charter or online students wishing to return to their boundary school during the school year are subject to late enrollment guidelines.

 Standards for Accepting and/or Rejecting a Permit Application (§53G-6-403)

The standards for accepting or rejecting an application for enrollment may include:

  • For an elementary, the capacity of the grade level;
  • Not offering, or having capacity in, an elementary or secondary special education or other special program the student requires;
  • Maintenance of reduced class sizes (Title I, or school trust money used to reduce class sizes);
  • Willingness of prospective students to comply with district policies; and
  • Giving priority to intradistrict transfers over interdistrict transfers.

The standards for accepting or rejecting an application for enrollment may NOT include:

  • Previous academic achievement;
  • Athletic or other extracurricular ability;
  • The fact that the student requires special education services for which space is available;
  • Proficiency in the English language; or
  • Previous disciplinary proceedings, except as follows:
      • There has been a serious infraction of the law of school rules;
      • The student has been guilty of chronic misbehavior which would, if it were to continue after the student was admitted:
        1. Endanger persons or property;
        2. Cause serious disruptions in the school; or
        3. Place unreasonable burdens on school staff.

Using the school’s waitlist and the standards listed above, permit applications are granted (seated) by the school on a first-come, first-served basis for the entire school year.

Early Enrollment Period

Permit applications submitted December 1st through the third (3rd) Friday of February for the following school year are determined using the “90% capacity” of the school rule. The school shall notify the student’s parents of acceptance or rejection within six (6) weeks of receipt of the application, or by March 31st, whichever is later. Notifications may be delayed due to circumstances affecting the board’s ability to determine the enrollment capacity of a school.

Late Enrollment Period

Permit applications submitted after the third (3rd) Friday of February for the following school year or any permit for the current school year, must be determined by the “adjusted capacity” of the school. The adjusted capacity is the total number of students who could be served in a school if each teacher were to have a class size based on the staffing ratio for each grade level (§53G-6-401).  Late enrollment permit acceptance is determined by the staffing ratio as follows:

  • Elementary schools use the student to teacher ratio for each grade level to determine if there is space available.
  • Secondary schools use the student to teacher ratio for each core class within each grade level to determine if space is available.

The school shall notify the student’s parents of acceptance or rejection within two (2) weeks of receipt of the application, or by the Friday before the new school year begins, whichever is later. If the application is for the current school year, the school shall notify the parent(s) within two (2) weeks of receipt of the application. Notifications may be delayed due to circumstances affecting the board’s ability to determine the enrollment capacity of a school.

Students with Disabilities Permit Requests

A student with disabilities may be considered for enrollment if all of the following criteria are met:

  • The student can be served on the current staffing pattern in the Special Education Department without the addition of staff or services.
  • The addition does not exceed the school’s existing caseload capacity.
  • Space is available at the school.
  • Space is available at the student’s grade level at the school.
  • Once a transfer request is granted, the student may continue to attend the school until completion.

Transfer requests are granted on an individual basis, although the school/administration shall take into consideration the fact that an applicant’s brother or sister is attending the school or another school within the District; an enrollment guarantee for siblings is not implied.

Provisional Enrollment

A student with prior behavioral problems may be granted provisional enrollment provided the student and parent sign an agreement with the school or the school district:

  • Establishing the conditions of continued enrollment; and
  • Notifying the parent(s)/guardian(s) and the student that the student will be excluded from the school if the agreement is violated.

The school or school district is responsible for the agreement as allowed under §53G-6-403(3)(b).

Permit Longevity

Students who are granted school choice transfer requests shall be permitted to remain enrolled in a school subject to the same rules and standards as resident students, without renewed applications in subsequent years unless one of the following occurs:

  • The student graduates;
  • The student is no longer a Utah resident;
  • The student is suspended or expelled from school; or
  • The district determines that enrollment within the school will exceed the school’s open enrollment threshold.

Revoke a Permit

A “Revoked School Choice Permit” form shall be used for any student whose permit is revoked once the student’s record has been uploaded to the Skyward Student School Path screen.  The school is responsible to update the School Path screen (remove the permit code and change the record back to “Computer Generated”), and a copy of the form sent to Planning and Student Services. The “Revoked School Choice Permit” form is available at Planning and Student Services.

Prior to the Skyward student permit upload, it is permissible to use PowerSchool to revoke a permit, with either the “Remove from Waitlist/Seated List” in the School Choice Workspace or the “Discard Record” link in the Submission Workspace.

It is not necessary to revoke 6th grade or 9th grade permits.  Permits are automatically revoked when a student moves to the next level of school.

 

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