FILE:  JBCE-R

Cf:  JBCE

 

REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES FOR IMPLEMENTATION

OF LOUISIANA SCHOOL CHOICE

 

 

GENERAL

 

La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §17:4035.1, provides for the right of a parent or of legal guardians to enroll his/her/their child in a school other than the school to which the child was scheduled to be enrolled based upon a school district attendance zone, if the school at which the child was most recently enrolled received an School Performance Score (SPS) of "D" or "F" in the most recent assessment and the school to which the child is sought to be enrolled received a SPS of "C" or better in the most recent assessment.  The Plaquemines Parish School Board in policy JBCE, Federal and State Requirements for Implementing School Choice, authorizes the Superintendent to establish pertinent procedures for enrolling out-of-parish students.

 

DURATION OF ENROLLMENT

 

Louisiana School Choice provides for certain variable eligibility criterion, and any enrollment regarding school choice shall be considered an annual enrollment and shall not obligate the system to allow for enrollment beyond one (1) school year.

 

SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT

 

  1. A parent or guardian wishing to utilize Louisiana School Choice who resides and intends on continuing to reside during the upcoming school year outside of Plaquemines Parish must contact the Superintendent, Plaquemines Parish School Board Administration Office, 1484 Woodland Hwy. Belle Chasse, LA 70037.  This will be the only office authorized to process an application to enroll a student under Louisiana School Choice.

  2. An application for Louisiana School Choice enrollment shall serve as consent for the School Board to obtain the records and information necessary to verify data submitted and to determine the eligibility/ineligibility of the student to enroll in the district.

 

VERIFICATION OF INITIAL ELIGIBILITY

 

In order to determine eligibility to enroll, the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) shall provide the following:

 

  1. A completed district registration form to enroll in an identified Plaquemines Parish Public School, available in the Office of the Superintendent located at the above address.

  2. A completed district registration data collection form, available in the Office of the Superintendent located at the above address.

  3. Proof of attendance at a "D" or "F" school in the prior year or a picture identification of the parent/ legal guardian enrolling the child verifying residency in the attendance zone of the school rated as "D" or "F" that the student would have otherwise attended if the student had been attending a public school.

 

APPLICATION DATA COLLECTION FORM

 

Before eligibility for enrollment can be determined, the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of any student seeking to enroll shall comply fully with the required data collection requirements.

 

  1. Academic records: including most recent report card; statement of promotion to the next grade or retention (if at the beginning of the school year); a complete transcript of the student's academic performance throughout his/her academic career; special education records, if applicable; 504 accommodations and verification, if applicable; test scores from previous state and/or school-based assessments; any and all other records requested by the Data and Accountability Specialist' s Office to determine proper grade/academic placement.

  2. Discipline records: including all records of suspension, expulsion, or placement in an alternative setting.

 

  1. A student shall be ineligible for transfer if his/her prior school placement was that of an alternative school;

  2. The student shall be ineligible for transfer if his/her discipline record indicates any one of the following:

 

  1. The student was expelled for disciplinary reasons in the preceding year;

  2. The student was suspended more than once in the preceding school year;

  3. The student was involved in more than one fight or other act of violence on the school grounds or at the school bus stop more than once in the preceding school year;

  4. The student was found in possession of any illicit drug or narcotic or weapon on school grounds or at the school bus stop in the preceding school year.

 

  1. Attendance records

 

  1. The student will be ineligible for transfer if he/she amassed more than ten (10) unexcused absences during the preceding school year.

 

  1. A certified copy of the child's birth certificate;

  2. Proof of domiciliary custody of any minor child (Custody by Mandate is not accepted by the Plaquemines Parish School Board).

  3. Complete immunization records indicating compliance with state law and recent required immunizations.

  4. A Louisiana secure identification number.

  5. IMPORTANT:  Written consent of the student's previous school system to both of the following:

 

  1. To make payment to the Plaquemines Parish School Board an amount equal to the Plaquemines Parish School Board's local per pupil amount recognized in the Minimum Foundation Program for the school year in which the student seeks to enroll, in proportion to the portion of the school year during which the student is enrolled in the district, and the appropriate local share of capital expenditures; and

  2. To provide any and all records and information required by the Plaquemines Parish School Board to determine the student’s eligibility/ineligibility to enroll.

 

VERIFICATION OF CAPACITY

 

Upon receipt of a Louisiana School Choice application for enrollment, the School Board shall verify whether the school to which the student is sought to be enrolled has sufficient capacity.

 

  1. The capacity verification shall take into account grade level and special program requirements, such as programs for gifted and talented students, honors classes, special classes for students with disabilities, accelerated pathway classes, etc., and shall be made on a school by school basis.

  2. For purposes of determining capacity, any school which has an anticipated enrollment of greater than eighty percent (80%) of its optimal total student capacity, in the grade in which the student seeks to enroll, will be deemed to have insufficient capacity to allow for a Louisiana School Choice enrollment.

  3. At no point will the district hire additional teachers or secure portable classroom space in order to provide capacity.

  4. Upon such a determination, the parent shall be advised that the school to which enrollment is sought has insufficient capacity.

  5. The verification of capacity shall be an annual determination for the re-enrollment of Louisiana School students for each subsequent year.

 

EXCESS APPLICATIONS

 

  1. In the event the number of applications for enrollment exceeds the capacity in any particular school, students enrolled in the school for the prior year shall have preference.

  2. If, after enrolling all prior year's students, applicants exceed the remaining capacity, applicants shall be selected at random until capacity is no longer available.

 

ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY

 

Parents and guardians shall be responsible for contacting the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA to determine the eligibility of the student for participation in varsity sports.  In order to participate in varsity sports sanctioned by the LHSAA, students must have written approval of the LHSAA.

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

Parents and guardians who do not reside within Plaquemines Parish shall be responsible for the transportation of students to and from school.

 

INELIGIBILITY DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR

 

After enrollment a student shall be ineligible to continue enrollment as a Louisiana School Choice student if any of the following apply:

 

  1. The student is suspended more than once in the school year;

  2. The student is expelled for disciplinary reasons during the school year (this includes ineligibility to enroll in the School Board’s Alternative School);

  3. The student is involved in more than one fight or other act of violence on school grounds or at the school bus stop during the school year;

  4. The student is found in possession of any illicit drug, narcotic, or weapon on school grounds or at the bus stop during the school year;

  5. The student has more than ten (10) unexcused absences during the school year

 

New regulation:  October 3, 2016

 

 

Ref:     Board minutes, 10-3-16

 

Plaquemines Parish School Board