POLICY ON STUDENTS ATTENDING SCHOOL OUT-OF-DISTRICT

The St. Tammany Parish Public School System is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities through placement of students in schools located within the geographic school attendance boundaries of their homes. In some cases, the appropriate programs and services for students, such as special education, Limited English Proficiency, and other special needs areas, may occur on a school site other than the one located within the student’s home attendance boundary. Individual situations of special needs students may warrant School System officials working with parents to make the best choices and provide necessary support.

School System officials recognize that it is important to be vigilant in helping to ensure that individual school facilities and resources are not overextended by allowing out of district placement of students in such numbers that could cause schools to be unable to provide programs and services to students who live within the school’s geographic attendance boundaries. Requests from employees for out of district placement in schools or feeders schools to which the employee is assigned shall be considered by the appropriate Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance, according to collective bargaining agreements. Other requests for out of district assignments may be considered, based on documentation from the previous school, recommendations from psychologists, psychiatrists, and medical doctors, requests or orders from the court system, or other extreme hardship circumstances. Provisional custody by mandate and notarized affidavits are not generally acceptable. Requests for out-of-district assignment shall be reviewed annually. In cases where sufficient space exists, the school system shall follow the guidelines set forth by the Superintendent to consider those requests that are deemed appropriate. In cases where a parent request for out-of- district placement is granted, transportation shall be the full responsibility of the parent.

The responsibility for designating regulations and procedures governing out-of-district assignments and appeals of decisions related to out of district requests shall be assigned to the Superintendent. The Superintendent may revoke approval for out-of-district placement at any time.

Superintendent’s Regulations For Students Attending School Out-Of-District

Parent Requests

Parents or legal guardians shall request permission in writing for their children to attend a school out of district to the appropriate Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance at least forty-five days prior to the start of the school year. Requests for special education students to attend an out-of-district school shall be directed to the Supervisor of Special Education. In some instances, a request may be considered after this deadline or after the start of the school year. Consideration will be based on those outlined in School Board policy, documentation from the previous school, recommendations from psychologists, psychiatrists, and medical doctors, requests and orders from the court system, or other extreme hardship situations. Space availability at particular school sites shall be determined by the Assistant Superintendent of Administration. A written decision shall be provided to the parent by the appropriate Supervisor.

If approval is granted, the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance shall provide the parent with a letter of assignment so that the parent can register the student at the designated school. Parents are expected to provide transportation when out-of-district requests are granted. At the end of the period of assignment, the student will return to the home-based school unless permission is requested and granted for the next school year for out of district assignment, following the same procedures and timeline. Recommendations from psychologists, psychiatrists, and doctors shall be updated each year. Principals may provide input on renewal of an out-of-district request by contacting the appropriate Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance or Supervisor of Special Education.


Students Moving

A parent who moves out of a school attendance area shall provide notification to the appropriate Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance to receive a letter of assignment to the appropriate school within the student’s new home attendance boundaries. In some cases, permission may be granted for the student to complete the grading period, semester, or school year before enrolling in the new school.

It shall be the responsibility of the school principal to notify the appropriate Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance in writing as soon as it becomes known that a student has moved out of the school attendance district. The Supervisor shall take steps to investigate, including but not limited to, requiring multiple documents verifying the current address, and, when deemed appropriate, notify the parent in writing that the student will have to enroll in the appropriate school in the new home attendance area.


Suspected Fraudulent Address

The principal shall notify the appropriate Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance if there is cause to believe that a parent has provided a fraudulent address or has, in any other manner, attempted to circumvent the school system’s attendance regulations. The Supervisor shall send written notice to the parent to provide multiple documents verifying the address of the student and shall take other actions deemed necessary to investigate. If the Supervisor finds that the address is not correct, the student shall be assigned to the school in the home district immediately. Requests to remain in the present school for any period of time must be approved by the Assistant Superintendent of Administration.


Related Information

In no case shall a principal allow an out-of-district student to register at a school without written approval from a Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance, Assistant Superintendent of Administration, or Superintendent.

The Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance shall require those documents deemed necessary to establish proof of residency and shall have the right to disallow any documents considered suspect or inconclusive.

The Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance, the Assistant Superintendent of Administration, or Superintendent may revoke an out-of-district placement at any time.

Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance shall provide monthly reports to the Assistant Superintendent of Administration and Superintendent on out of district assignments.

Appeals of decisions rendered by a Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance regarding out of district placement requests shall be directed in writing to the Assistant Superintendent of Administration. Decisions of the Assistant Superintendent of Administration in consultation with the Superintendent shall be final.