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7:50 School Admissions and Student Transfers To and From Non-District Schools

To be eligible for admission, a child must be five years old on or before September 1 of that school term.  Based upon an assessment of the child’s readiness, a child will be allowed to attend first grade if he or she attended a non-public preschool, continued his or her education at that school through kindergarten, was taught in kindergarten by an appropriately licensed teacher, and will be six 6 years old within 4 months after the commencement of the term. A child with exceptional needs who qualifies for special education services is eligible for admission at three 3 years of age.

Admission Procedure
All students must register for school each year on the dates and at the place designated by the Superintendent.

Students enrolling in the District for the first time must present:
1.   A certified copy of his or her birth certificate.  The school shall promptly make a copy of the certified copy for its records, place the copy in the student’s temporary record, and return the original to the person enrolling the child.  Upon the failure of a person enrolling a student to provide a copy of the student’s birth certificate, the Building Principal shall immediately notify the local law enforcement agency and shall also notify the person enrolling the student in writing that, unless he or she complies within ten 10 days, the case shall be referred to the local law enforcement authority for investigation.  If compliance is not obtained within that ten10-day period, the Principal shall so refer the case.  The Principal shall immediately report to the local law enforcement authority any material received pursuant to this paragraph that appears inaccurate or suspicious in form or content.

2.   Proof of residence, as required by Board policy 7:60, Student Residency.

3.  Proof  of  disease  immunization  or  detection  and  the  required  physical  examination,  as required by State law and Board policy 7:100, Health Examinations, Immunizations, and Exclusion of Students.   Parent(s)/guardian(s) are encouraged to have their child undergo a dental examination.

The individual enrolling a student shall be given the opportunity to voluntarily state whether the student has a parent or guardian who is a member of a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and who is either deployed to active duty during the school year.  Students who are children of active duty military personnel transferring will be allowed to enter: (a) the same grade level in which they studied at the school from which they transferred, if the transfer occurs during the District’s school year, or (b) the grade level following the last grade completed.

Homeless Children
Any homeless child shall be immediately admitted, even if the child or child’s parent/guardian is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment. Board policy 6:140,  Education of Homeless  Children,  and  its  implementing  administrative  procedure,  govern  the  enrollment  of homeless children.

Student Transfers To and From Non-District Schools
A student may transfer into or out of the District according to State law and procedures developed by the Superintendent or designee.  The Superintendent is delegated all authority granted to the Board of Education in order to implement this policy, subject to specific Board action to the contrary.  A student seeking to transfer into the District must serve the entire term of any suspension or expulsion, imposed for any reason by any public or private school, in this or any other state, before being admitted into the School District.

Foreign Exchange Students
The District accepts a limited number of foreign exchange students with a J-1 visa and who reside within the District as participants in an exchange program sponsored by organizations screened by administration. Exchange students on a J-1 visa are not required to pay tuition.

A limited number of privately sponsored exchange students on an F-1 visa may be enrolled if an adult resident of the District has temporary guardianship and the student lives in the home of that guardian. Exchange students on an F-1 visa are required to pay tuition at the established District rate unless waived by the Board.  F-1 visa student admission is limited to high schools and attendance may not exceed 12 months.

Exchange students must comply with District immunization requirements.  Once admitted, exchange students become subject to all District policies and regulations governing students.

Re-enrollment shall be denied to any individual 19 years of age or above who has dropped out of school and who could not earn sufficient credits during the normal school year(s) to graduate before his or her 21st birthday.  However, at the Superintendent’s or designee’s discretion and depending on program availability, the individual may be enrolled in a graduation incentives program established under 105 ILCS 5/26-16 or an alternative learning opportunities program established under 105 ILCS 5/13B-1 (see 6:110, Programs for Students At Risk of Academic Failure and/or Dropping Out of School and Graduation Incentives Program).  Before being denied re-enrollment, the District will offer the individual due process as required in cases of expulsion under policy 7:210, Expulsion Procedures. A person denied re-enrollment will be provided counseling and be directed to alternative educational programs, including adult education programs that lead to graduation or receipt of a GED diploma.   This section does not apply to students eligible for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act or accommodation plans under the Rehabilitation Act, Section 504.

LEGAL REF.:  Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. §1232.
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. § 11431 et seq.
Illegal Immigrant and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, 8 U.S.C. §1101.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, 20 U.S.C. §1400 et seq.
Rehabilitation Act, Section 504, 29 U.S.C. §794.
105 ILCS 5/2-3.13a, 5/10-20.12, 5/10-22.5a, 5/14-1.02, 5/14-1.03a, 5/26-1,
5/26-2, 5/27-8.1, 10/8.1, 45/, and 70/.
325 ILCS 50/ and 55/.
410 ILCS 315/2e.
20 Ill.Admin.Code Part 1290, Missing Person Birth Records and School Registration.
23 Ill.Admin.Code Part 375, Student Records.

CROSS REF.:  4:110 (Transportation), 6:30 (Organization of Instruction), 6:110 (Programs for Students At Risk of Academic Failure and/or Dropping out of School and Graduation Incentives Program), 6:140 (Education of Homeless Children), 6:300 (Graduation Requirements), 6:310 (High School Credit for Non-District Experiences; ; Course Substitutions; Re-Entering Students), 7:60 (Student Residency), 7:70 (Attendance and Truancy), 7:100 (Health, Eye, and Dental Examinations, Immunizations, and Exclusion of Students), 7:340 (Student Records)

ADOPTED:  November 22, 2004

REVISED:  April 24, 2006
                   June 22, 2009
                   November 19, 2012
                   April 13, 2015
                   January 25, 2016
                   January 23, 2017