The Plaquemines Parish School Board shall have authority and responsibility for the assignment, placement, transfer, and continued education of all students attending schools within its jurisdiction.  The School Board shall generally require a student to attend the appropriate school as determined by the domicile of the parent or legal guardian, unless the School Board assigns the student to another school.




Each student shall have only one residence (domicile) which is determined to be the place where he/she predominantly sleeps, takes meals, and maintains personal belongings.  To establish domicile in the Plaquemines Parish School District, a parent or legal custodian must present sufficient information which supports both that the parent, legal custodian, or caregiver is actually domiciled within the Plaquemines Parish School Board jurisdictional school boundaries, and confirm that the child under his or her care, custody and/or control is actually domiciled with that parent or legal custodian.


When legal custody has been awarded by a court of law, the domicile shall be the principal residence of the parent/guardian awarded primary or domiciliary custody, or if the student is eighteen (18) years old or has been emancipated by a court order, by the student's own domicile, if not specifically contrary to the provisions of an order of a court of competent jurisdiction providing for the assignment of students.




Legal custody is defined as the legal status created by a court order which establishes in a custodian the right to have physical custody of the child or minor.  Proof of legal or domiciliary custody, or guardianship, or judicially ordered tutorship, shall be a certified copy of the decree of the court which issued the custody order, whether the order grants temporary or permanent custody.  The school principal or his/her designee shall be responsible for monitoring the school enrollment list and shall immediately refer to the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance the determination of proper school assignment.


Non-Parental Custodian


Custodians of a student other than a parent or legal guardian, besides having legal custody of a student as defined above, shall also provide the School Board with a notarized document stating that the student shall be living in the custodian’s home for a period of time encompassing the entire upcoming school year, and fully explaining the reason(s) (other than school attendance zone or parish preference) for this arrangement.




The School Board shall require a student to attend the appropriate school located in the attendance zone in which the student’s domicile is located.


The School Board, however, reserves the authority to assign a student living in one school district to attend school in another district, if circumstances warrant.  The parent or legal guardian of a pupil may file in writing to the Board an objection to the assignment of the pupil, in which case the Board shall review the assignment and investigate the circumstances in order to render a decision.  However, no decision of the Board in response to an objection to the assignment of the pupil shall conflict with the student assignment provisions of any court-ordered judgment.


Any child temporarily residing within the district who has no permanent address, or who has been abandoned by his/her parent, or who is in foster care, shall be enrolled and allowed to attend school in the zone appropriate to the special circumstance of the child.  Surrogate parents may be appointed when appropriate for special needs students.




Attendance out of zone may be allowed whenever a mental or physical impairment, medical condition, or other exceptional condition requires services which are unavailable at the school in the child's regular attendance zone (see policy JBCD, Student Transfer and Withdrawal), provided that a student requesting transfer for medical reasons and taking elective courses not offered at his/her regular school satisfies the following criteria:


  1. Transfers requested for medical reasons must be verified by a physician's statement.

  2. The parent or legal guardian must provide transportation.

  3. The transfer must not create an overcrowded condition.




The School Board shall require that disabled students be assigned to programs within attendance zones, if possible.  However, if an appropriate program is unavailable within a student's attendance zone, the student may be placed in a school specifically designed to provide for the appropriate needs of the student as stipulated by the IEP committee.




Student assignments in K through 8 will be made by the principal of the school with teacher input.  The placement of a student shall be based on grades, achievement test scores, and participation in special programs and be made in accordance with the Plaquemines Parish Pupil Progression Plan.




Selection of courses of study in grades 9 through 12 shall be made by individual students.  Assistance in planning for a student’s course of study and selection of classes shall be provided by teachers, counselors, parents, and administrators.  Each student shall be furnished a schedule of classes offered and requirements for graduation.  Some classes may have prerequisites for enrollment.  The last day for a schedule change for secondary students (grades 9-12) shall be ten (10) days after the beginning of the school year, except in extenuating circumstances, as appealed to and approved by the Director of Secondary Education.


In grades kindergarten through second grade, the parent of twins, triplets, etc. (more than one child at a single birth event) may request that their children be placed initially in the same, or separate, classrooms, if the children are in the same grade at the same school.  Such a request shall be presented to the Superintendent or his/her designee no later than fourteen (14) days either after the first day of the school year or after the first day of attendance if the child enrolls after the fourteenth day of the school year.  Notwithstanding any law, rule, regulation, or School Board policy to the contrary, the request of the parent for initial placement shall be granted subject to further review.


As soon as possible after the end of the student’s first grading period, the Superintendent or his/her designee shall review the initial placement of the child.  If the Superintendent or his/her designee, in consultation with the school principal, the child’s(ren’s) teacher(s), and the parent, determines that the initial placement of the children is disruptive to the school or is not in the best educational interests of the child(ren), the initial placement of the child shall be modified, and the child(ren) shall be placed in accordance with School Board policy otherwise applicable to the child(ren).


The last day for a schedule change for secondary students (grades 9-12) shall be ten (10) days after the beginning of the school year, except in extenuating circumstances, as appealed to and approved by the Director of Secondary Education.


Revised:  May, 2000

Adopted:  December, 2001

Revised:  April, 2010

Adopted:  November 1, 2010



Ref:    La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§9:951, 9:952, 9:953, 9:954, 17:81, 17:104.1, 17:221.2, 17:221.5

Board minutes, 12-6-99, 5-00, 12-3-01


Plaquemines Parish School Board