501.33 - Student Building Assignments

Resident Students – The Board has set boundaries for attendance centers throughout the District. All elementary resident students shall attend school in their neighborhood elementary school building and secondary students will attend a building within their feeder system as assigned by the Board of Directors according to the attendance area in which they reside, except that:

  1. The administration may assign students to another building to adjust class size. Siblings shall be kept together unless programming or student/parental needs have to be met.
  2. The administration may assign a student to another building for the educational benefit of the student.
  3. Attendance areas may be adjusted as determined by the Board of Education.
  4. The administration may assign a student to another building when pursuant to Iowa law there has been a proven allegation of harassment and it is in the best interest of the student.
  5. The administration may assign a student to another feeder system if the student’s home feeder system is at capacity.
 
Changes of Residence within the District: If a student's residence is changed to another building attendance area in the District during the school year, the student may complete the school year at the building he/she was attending, provided the administrative staff approves the arrangements made by the parents or guardians for transportation and attendance. If a student's residence will change during the school year to another building attendance area in the District, the student may start the school year in the building of his/her new residence, provided the family owns, has signed a valid offer to buy, or has signed a rental agreement for a residence in the new building attendance area and the administrative staff approves the arrangements made by the parents or guardians for transportation and attendance.
 
Nonresident Students/Open Enrollment: All nonresident students shall attend the school building as assigned by the administration. Students open enrolling into the District for any reason will be assigned to a school that has available space as determined by policy 606.06 Insufficient Classroom Space. Assignments will also change if there is a change in residence within the Ankeny School District. Students currently in the District, but moving to another school district, who open enroll to continue in the Ankeny School District may be subject to a building reassignment.  All open enrolled students will attend a south feeder system school building.
 
Overcrowding: Without limiting the Board’s determination of available space under policy 606.06 Insufficient Classroom Space, a maximum class size of 25 students in kindergarten and 27 students for grades one through five will be considered. Class size will be determined by counting students in the general education program and integrated special needs students. When calculating class size and overcrowding, the administration may reserve places for growth in the class as a result of anticipated new resident students.
 
Legal References:
279.8, 279.11, 280.3, 280.14, 282.18, Code of Iowa; 281 I.A.C. 17.6(4)

Cross Reference:
501.20 Entrance Requirements-Evidence of Age
501.30 School Attendance Areas
501.31 Approval of Open Enrollment Transfers In
501.32 Open Enrollment Transfers
501.35 Intra-District Open Enrollment
606.06 Insufficient Classroom Space

702.30 Student Eligibility for Transportation


 
Adopted:
June 7, 1993

Reviewed:
March 1, 2010
January 17, 2011
December 19, 2011
March 25, 2013
August 19, 2013
June 15, 2015
March 21, 2016
March 19, 2018
October 15, 2018 

Revised:
May 17, 2010
January 17, 2011
December 19, 2011
March 25, 2013
August 19, 2013 
March 21, 2016
March 19, 2018
October 15, 2018 
 
R.R. for Policy 501.33

Elementary Students
Due to enrollment shifts, any newly enrolled elementary student(s) to the District may be assigned to a school which is not their neighborhood school but is within the feeder system. The registrar will do the following:
  1. Check for availability of space in the neighborhood school for all elementary-aged students within the family.
  2. If there is space, assign placement made.If there is not space for all family members at the neighborhood school, assign placement to the school with lowest class ratios, which can accommodate all elementary-aged members of the family, and that , where possible, corresponds within the North feeder system (Ashland Ridge, Northeast, Northwest, Westwood, Rock Creek) or South feeder system (Crocker, East, Southeast, Terrace and Prairie Trail), according to the current Board-approved boundary map. 
  3. Notify parents that transportation will be provided if the family lives farther than 2 miles from the assigned elementary school.
  4. If/when space becomes available at the neighborhood school, families will be contacted and have the choice to a) remain in the assigned school for the remainder of the year and transfer to neighborhood school at the beginning of the next school year, or b) return to the neighborhood school immediately. 
Kindergarten
Kindergarten registration will typically occur during the first week of February. A specific date will be communicated via multiple venues including, but not limited to, the District's website, local newspaper and building newsletters. No registrations will be taken prior to that date. Due to increased enrollment at the elementary level and limited space, parents are encouraged to enroll their upcoming kindergartners based on the process set forth by the District. Some schools may have more students enroll than there is space available. To address this issue, students, where possible, will be placed in their neighborhood school based on:
  1. classroom space availability,
  2. enrollment of siblings in the school, and/or
  3. date and time online registration was completed along with appropriate paperwork submitted to the District. 
The District will communicate building placements for kindergarten students during the second week of June. Registrations received on or after the first business day in June will be considered late. As such, late registrations will not be considered until all other placements have been made. If there is not space for the kindergarten student at the neighborhood school, placement will be made to the school with the lowest class ratios, which can accommodate the kindergarten student. Placement will be based on the North feeder system and each school’s classroom availability (Ashland Ridge, Northeast, Northwest, Westwood, Rock Creek) or the South feeder system and each school’s classroom availability (Crocker, East, Southeast, Terrace, Prairie Trail).

If the student needs special services (such as English as a Second Language, Special Education), the student may be placed at an elementary school which may not be their neighborhood school to ensure the district can best serve the student’s needs.

Transportation will be provided if the family lives farther than 2 miles from the assigned school.

Special Education
For special education students the District will use the formula for caseload determination specified in the District Developed Special Education Service Delivery Plan. 
 
Adopted:
June 7, 1993
 
Reviewed:
March 1, 2010

January 17, 2011
December 19, 2011
March 25, 2013

August 19, 2013
June 15, 2015
March 21, 2016
March 19, 2018
October 15, 2018 
 
Revised:
May 17, 2010

January 17, 2011
December 19, 2011
March 25, 2013
August 19, 2013

June 15, 2015
March 21, 2016
November 20, 2017
March 19, 2018