Enrollment of Non Resident Students
A nonresident student residing within the State of Wisconsin may apply to the Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated Grade School District for full-time enrollment under the public school open enrollment program in accordance with state law and established procedures.
The District Administrator shall determine, after receipt of all applications, the availability of openings for nonresident applicants based on the number of students that can be accommodated in each class and program for which there are applications. The availability of space in programs and classes is based on class size limits, student-teacher ratios, and students attending the District for whom tuition is paid and is determined annually at the January board meeting. The Board recommends no more than 20 students in grades K-3 classrooms and 28 students in grades 4 – 8 classrooms
If the number of applications for admission from nonresident students exceeds the number of available enrollment opportunities, nonresident students shall be selected for admission using a random selection process established by the District Administrator. Enrollment priority may be guaranteed to a sibling of a student already enrolled through the open enrollment program. In cases where a student is not accepted due to class size limits or student-teacher ratio limits, the student may be placed on a waiting list according to the random selection process. If a vacancy occurs, the student will be notified and given an opportunity to enroll in the District.
The District Administrator shall follow the established guidelines in accordance with the state public school open enrollment laws and the administrative rules established by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) for the analysis of the applications to determine the grade levels and programs for which there are applications and for making the determination as to which applications can be accepted.
The District Administrator or designee shall notify the applicant on or before June 7th whether or not the application has been accepted.
The parent/guardian must notify the District Administrator or designee, on or before June 28th, if his/her child will be attending school in this District.
By no later than July 7th, the District Administrator or designee shall confirm the names of each student who is open enrolling into the District on the state's OPAL website.
Student transportation shall be the responsibility of the student's parent(s)/guardian(s) except as otherwise required by law.
Criteria for Non-admission
Enrollment shall not be available to any nonresident student who meets one or more of the following criteria:
1. The District will not enroll a student during the term of the student's expulsion from another school district. Further the District shall not enroll a student who has been expelled from another school district during the current or two (2) preceding school years for any of the following reasons or has disciplinary proceedings pending for endangering the health, safety, or property of others including conveying or causing to be conveyed a bomb threat.
If any of these disciplinary actions occur after initial acceptance of the student and prior to the beginning of the school year in which the student first enrolls in the District, the student's enrollment shall be denied.
The District Administrator will inform the parent(s)/guardian(s) of non-acceptance for any of the above stated reasons any time prior to the beginning of the school year. Other statutory provisions regarding the enrollment of students who have been expelled from school will also apply to this Program.
2. The special education program or related services in the child's Individualized Educational Program (IEP) is not available in the District or there is no space available in the appropriate special education program.
Nonresident students with a disability shall be considered for enrollment only if the services described in their individualized education plan (IEP) are currently available in the District and/or there is space available in the required programs. Space available shall be defined as a program size that does not exceed 80% of the caseload ratio recommended by the Department of Public Instruction for the specified program or disability. For example, if a program has a defined caseload limit of 20 students, there would have to be less than 16 students in the current caseload before nonresident open enrollment students would be enrolled.
3. The child has not been properly screened by the resident school district to determine if there is reasonable cause to believe that the child is a child with exceptional education needs or the child has been reported or identified by the resident school district but not yet evaluated by a multidisciplinary team appointed by the resident district.
4. The Board may annually establish class size limits for each grade, for the purpose of determining eligibility for Open Enrollment.
This District will not provide transportation for nonresident regular education students participating in the open enrollment program. The student's parent(s)/guardian(s) shall be responsible for providing student transportation to and from the nonresident school.
The District will not discriminate on the basis of the applicant's intellectual, academic, artistic, athletic, or other ability, talent, or accomplishment, or based on a mental or physical disability, except as provided for in the statute authorizing this program.
Nonresident open enrollment students attending school in this District have all the rights and privileges of resident students and are subject to the same rules and regulations as resident students.
Resident Students Attending School Outside the District
Any student residing in the Trevor-Wilmot Consolidated Grade School District shall be allowed to attend public school in another district on a full-time basis if the student has filed the appropriate application with that school district and has been accepted for enrollment provided the number does not exceed the percentage of school membership specified in statute, if any. The Board may release students, at its discretion, when the number exceeds the percentage of membership specified in statute.
The District Administrator shall ensure that the records of a transferring student are sent promptly to the receiving school district.
This policy does not apply to summer school programs.
Legal Ref.: Wisconsin Statutes
Section 118.13 (Student discrimination prohibited)
Section 118.51 (Full-time open enrollment)
First Reading: Waived
Second Reading: January 19, 2016
Approved: January 19, 2016
For the Board of Education: Tom Steiner, President; Lynn Jaeger, Vice President; Cole Marshall, Clerk; Bill Barhyte, Treasurer; Dean Troyer, Member