501.35 Intra-District Open Enrollment

The Ankeny Community School District is a growing district. The Board has set boundaries for attendance centers throughout the District. The Board is committed to providing equitable education environments for students in the District K-12. The Intra-District Open Enrollment policy provides criteria and a process for intra-district requests to be reviewed.


Except in founded cases of bullying and/or harassment as defined in administrative rules, the Board will not generally grant requests for a resident student to attend a building other than the designated attendance center within the boundaries/and or feeder system.


Intra-district transfers occurring due to custodial changes and/or residential changes or the School In Need of Assistance (SINA) requirements in federal law are not subject to this policy.

 
Adopted:
May 21, 2012
 
Reviewed:
October 20, 2014
June 15, 2015 
March 21, 2016
 
Revised: 
October 20, 2014
June 15, 2015 
 
R.R. Policy 501.35
The following are rules and regulations intended to implement policy 501.35 on intra-district open enrollment.
 
  • Eligibility:
    • A resident student is eligible to request and apply, provided below one or more criteria has been met in paragraph “C”, for intra-district open enrollment.
  • Application:
    • Applications for intra-district open enrollment shall be directed to the Superintendent/designee, and must be received between April 1 – May 1 for consideration for the following school year. Applications for intra-district open enrollment shall be available on the District website.
  • Standards for Acceptance:
    • The District, under limited circumstances, will consider a request for intra-district transfer under the following:
      • Resident students have filed a bona fide harassment and bullying complaint and there is an administrative determination that there are no other reasonable options within the current boundaries/feeder system for the student’s educational program. If a student’s open enrollment request is granted pursuant to this exception, then the student is eligible to participate in athletics or activities no later than 10 days from the date of enrollment.
      • Family members attending in another attendance center or feeder system if a student has been displaced due to #1 above or for the purpose of accessing special education services.
  • Except in extenuating circumstances, when an intra-district request has been approved the following applies:
    • Approval for an application for intra-district open enrollment transfer is valid to go into effect the next school year. The intra-district open enrollment transfer may commence only at the beginning of the school year and remains in effect for a minimum of one school year.
    • Parents/guardians of students, who are open enrolled under these guidelines, are responsible for providing transportation to and from school without reimbursement.
    • Except in instances as otherwise mentioned, students in grades nine through twelve open enrolling into the District will not be eligible for immediate participation in interscholastic athletics or activities, at the varsity level. Students who seek intra-district open enrollment pursuant to this policy will not be eligible for varsity play for the entirety of the following school year beginning on August 1 and ending on the subsequent July 31st.
    • The parent/guardian may sever the intra-district open enrollment agreement at any time. When said agreement is cancelled by the parent, the student will attend school in his/her home attendance area. Refer to above item 3 (three) for regulations on varsity play eligibility.
    • The Board of Education reserves the right to sever an intra-district open enrollment agreement if it deems this action is in the best interest of the District. Any action to sever an intra-district open enrollment agreement will be taken by May 15 of the school year preceding the effective date. Intra-district open enrollment agreement will not be severed during a school year, unless by mutual agreement between the parent and the District. Eligibility for varsity play requirements do not apply if the Board of Education severs the intra-district open enrollment agreement.
    • The provisions of federal mandates supersede the terms and conditions of this policy and the rules and regulations. Any provision found to be in violation of any such law, regulation, directive or order shall be null and void and without force and effect.
    • The Board reserves the right to alter the application process if it determines it is appropriate to do so.
  • Appeal Process:
    • Decisions made by the Chief Operations Officer/designee pursuant to this policy may be submitted to the Superintendent/designee for review. The Superintendent’s/designee’s decision is considered final and binding.

Click here for the 501.35F Intra-District Open Enrollment Application

Reviewed:
October 20, 2014
June 15, 2015 
March 21, 2016
 
Revised:
October 20, 2014
June 15, 2015 
March 21, 2016