4000 - Students

4150 School Assignment

A. ASSIGNMENT AREAS

The Superintendent shall recommend to the Board school assignment areas for the schools in the system.

The assignment areas will be developed in accordance with state requirements and court rulings; the need to serve all school-age children who are domiciled within or are otherwise entitled to admission to the school system; and the effective use of each school facility. Assignments must be made in a non-discriminatory manner.

The Superintendent shall review periodically the attendance areas and submit recommendations for revisions to the Board when necessary.

B. ASSIGNMENT OF STUDENTS

The Superintendent shall assign students to particular schools based upon the established assignment areas. Notwithstanding the provisions of this policy, the Superintendent shall assign homeless students in a manner consistent with state and federal law and policy 4125, Homeless Students.

Students who are participating in or whose parent/guardian is participating in the North Carolina Address Confidentiality Program established by G.S. Chapter 15C will be assigned on the basis of their actual address, but such address will remain confidential in accordance with law and policy 4250/5075/7316, North Carolina Address Confidentiality Program.

C. REQUESTS FOR REASSIGNMENT

1. Procedure for Requesting Reassignment before Notice of Assignment

Before notice is given of assignment for the following school year, parents/guardians may request assignment to a school outside of their regular attendance area. Such a request must be submitted in writing to the Superintendent by the deadline established by the district. The Superintendent shall consider and make a determination based upon the best interest of the child, the orderly and efficient administration of the public schools, the proper administration of the school to which assignment is requested, the instructional program, the health and safety of the pupils there enrolled, and applicable Board policy and R&P. A decision will be made and the parent/guardian notified in writing. If the parent/guardian is dissatisfied with the Superintendent’s response, the parent/guardian may request the Board to reassign the student as provided below.

2. Procedure for Requesting Reassignment after Notice of Assignment

Within 10 days of notice of the assignment or the last publication thereof, the parent/guardian may request in writing the reassignment of the child to a different public school. The request must specify the reason why reassignment is sought. If the application for reassignment is disapproved, the Superintendent will give notice to the applicant by registered or certified mail.

Within five days of receiving the notice of the disapproval, the parent/guardian may request a hearing on the reassignment request. The Board or a panel of the Board will hear the appeal. If a panel hears the appeal, the panel’s recommendation will be submitted to the full Board for a final determination. At the hearing the Board will consider and make a determination based upon the best interest of the child, the orderly and efficient administration of the public schools, the proper administration of the school to which reassignment is requested, and the instruction, health and safety of the pupils there enrolled. The Board will promptly render a decision, and notice of the decision will be given to the applicant by mail, telephone, telefax, e-mail, or any other method reasonably designed to achieve notice.

D. TRANSFER OF STUDENTS DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR

1. Change of Residence

Students whose legal residence changes from one school assignment area to another within the school system during the same school year may apply to finish out that school year in the same school. If they receive permission to remain in the first school in order to complete that year, they will be assigned to the school according to the area in which they live at the beginning of the next school year. Students whose legal residence has changed but who are allowed to complete the school year at their first school will be responsible for their own transportation to school.

2. Unsafe School Choice Transfer under the No Child Left Behind Act

Transfers for students who are victims of violent criminal offenses at school or for students attending persistently dangerous schools as defined by State Board of Education policy will be made pursuant to policy 4152, Unsafe School Choice Transfer.

3. Transfer of Homeless Students

Students who become homeless between academic years or during an academic year may request to remain at the school of origin for the duration of their homelessness or may request to be enrolled in any public school that other students living in the same attendance area are eligible to attend. Any decision about the transfer or reassignment of a homeless student will be consistent with legal requirements and based on the student’s best interest. (See policy 4125, Homeless Students.)

4.Other Transfers

The Superintendent shall consider student requests for transfer to another school during the school year based upon space availability, the needs of the child, the effect on the school to which transfer is requested, principal recommendations, and other criteria established by the Superintendent.

E. CONDITIONS FOR REASSIGNMENT OR TRANSFER

The following conditions apply in regard to any reassignments or transfers made in accordance with sections C (Requests for Reassignment) and D (Transfer of Students During the School Year) of this policy.

1. The parent/guardian is responsible for transportation (except for homeless student transfers for which the system will provide transportation in a manner consistent with legal requirements and policy 4125).

2. The transfer or reassignment is valid for no more than one school year (except for (a) unsafe school choice transfers for which the length of reassignment will be consistent with legal requirements and policy 4152 and (b) homeless student transfers for which the length of reassignment will be consistent with legal requirements and policy 4125).

3. Any transfer request that is approved based upon false or misleading information will be declared void, and the transfer will be rescinded.

4. Unless otherwise required by law or regulation, students who are approved for transfer must maintain satisfactory behavior, attendance, and academic performance in order to continue in enrollment at the requested school.

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Legal References:

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.; No Child Left Behind Act, 20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.; Unsafe School Choice Option Non-Regulatory Guidance, U.S. Department of Education (May 2004); G.S. 15C-8; 115C-36, -366, -367, -369; State Board of Education Policy HRS-A-006

Cross References:

Alternative Learning Programs/Schools (policy 3470/4305), Homeless Students (policy 4125), Unsafe School Choice Transfer (policy 4152), North Carolina Address Confidentiality Program (policy 4250/5075/7316)

Adopted: May 10, 2011

Last Updated:May 10, 2016

 

Legal References:
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.; No Child Left Behind Act, 20 U.S.C. 6301 et seq.; Unsafe School Choice Option Non-Regulatory Guidance, U.S. Department of Education (May 2004); G.S. 15C-8; 115C-36, -366, -367, -369; State Board of Education Policy HRS-A-006
Cross References:
Alternative Learning Programs/Schools (policy 3470/4305), Homeless Students (policy 4125), Unsafe School Choice Transfer (policy 4152), School Improvement Choice Transfer (policy 4153), North Carolina Address Confidentiality Program (policy 4250/5075/7316)
Adopted:
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Last Updated:
Tuesday, 10 May 2016