FILE:  JBC

Cf:  JBCA, JBCBB

Cf:  JDE, JGCB

 

SCHOOL ADMISSION

 

 

The Plaquemines Parish School Board shall admit students to the schools of the school district once the student has been registered for school by the parent or legal guardian, under such rules and regulations as the Board may prescribe.

 

No student of suitable age shall be denied admission or readmission to school who resides within the geographical boundaries of the school system unless such student is legally excluded from attending school.

 

No child shall be admitted to school for the first time until his/her parents do the following:

 

  1. Present to school officials an official birth certificate.  A short-form birth certification card shall be acceptable.  Only records from the local or state registrar of vital statistics shall be accepted for children born in Louisiana, except as otherwise provided herein.  Children born in Louisiana will be given a fifteen (15) day grace period to secure a copy of their birth record.  Children born out of this state will be given thirty (30) days grace in which to produce a copy of their birth record. 

    In cases where birth certificates and/or birth verification forms cannot be obtained, the principal shall notify the parents by letter that an affidavit or baptismal certificate must be presented to the school.  It must contain the child's full name, date of birth, place of birth and the names of both parents.  If a birth certificate or verification is not obtained by the end of the school year, the principal shall notify the parents by letter that the student shall not be allowed to enter a Plaquemines Parish Public School the following year unless the parent appears in person with any and all records which may indicate the birth of the child to the Superintendent's office.  Such a notation shall be made on the student's cumulative record for follow-up purposes.

 

    1. The appropriate personnel shall render a judgment of the information presented and will advise the school involved as to the disposition of the case.

    2. Passports and visas may be accepted in lieu of birth certificates.

 

  1. Present to school officials evidence of being or having been immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, poliomyelitis and measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases according to a schedule approved by the Office of Public Health, Department of Health and Hospitals.

  2. Present to school officials an official Social Security card.  If no Social Security card is available, the student shall be assigned a state identification number.

  3. Present to school officials all official school records of school previously attended or information needed to access such records when transferring from another school to one inside the School District, including necessary authorization to obtain and/or access any and all records of the enrolling student. 

  4. Present to school officials as a prerequisite to enrolling in the first grade, evidence of having attended at least a full-day public or private kindergarten for a full school year; or satisfactorily passed academic readiness screening administered by the school system prior to the time of enrollment in first grade.

  5. Present to school officials evidence of being bona fide residents of the school district, with limited exception.  However, children temporarily residing within the jurisdiction of the Board who have no permanent address, who have been abandoned by their parents, or who are in foster care shall be admitted to school, except as may be allowed by statute.

  6. Present to school officials satisfactory evidence that at least one of the child's parents or guardians has completed a parent orientation course conducted by the School District.  However, no child shall be denied entry into school because of parent or guardian has not attended an orientation session.

 

ADMISSION OF EXPELLED STUDENTS

 

No student who has been expelled in accordance with state law from any school in the state shall be admitted to any school in the school system except upon the review and approval of the School Board.

 

No student who has been expelled from any school outside the state of Louisiana or any nonpublic school within Louisiana for committing any of the offenses enumerated in state law shall be admitted to any school in the school system except upon the review and approval of the governing body of the admitting school.

 

Requests for admission following expulsion or withdrawal shall proceed as follows:

 

  1. Any student who, after the opening date of school, has been expelled from or requested to withdraw from any school may be denied admission by the Superintendent when disciplinary problems for which such student was expelled or requested to withdraw from a school were of such a nature and kind that, if the student seeking admission had committed such act or acts while enrolled in a public school, such student would, in the judgment of the Superintendent, have been expelled from the public schools of Plaquemines Parish.

  2. The principal of the school in which such student shall attempt to enroll shall recommend to the Superintendent that the student be permitted to enroll or that admission to the school be denied.

  3. The Superintendent shall review the circumstances which resulted in the student's being expelled from or requested to withdraw from any school, but shall not deny admission to any such student before according the student due process, mandated by decision of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Specifically, the student shall be given notice, a hearing and an opportunity to be heard, which shall include the opportunity to present witnesses.

  4. Any student denied admission shall have the right, within five (5) days, to appeal to the Plaquemines Parish School Board.

  5. The conviction of any student of a felony or the incarceration of any student in a juvenile institution for an act which had it been committed by an adult, would have constituted a felony, may be cause for denial of admission of the student for a period of time as determined by the Board; provided that such denial shall require the vote of two-thirds of the elected members of the School Board.

 

ADMISSION OF STUDENTS WHO COMMIT A FELONY

 

The conviction of any student of a felony or the incarceration of any student in a juvenile institution for an act, whether committed in Louisiana or any other state or country, which had it been committed by an adult would have constituted a felony in Louisiana, may be sufficient cause for the Superintendent to refuse admission of the student to any school in the school district, except upon review and approval of a majority of the elected members of the School Board when a request for admission has been made to the Board.

 

ADMISSION OF HOMELESS STUDENTS

 

Except as provided above with regard to students who have been expelled, no provision in this or any other Plaquemines Parish School Board policy shall be interpreted to impede the immediate or continued enrollment of homeless youth, as addressed in policy JBCBB, Homeless Children and Youth.

 

Adopted:  December, 2001

Revised:  April, 2010

Revised:  August, 2010

Adopted:  November 1, 2010

 

 

Ref:    42 USC 11431 et. seq., (Education for Homeless Children)

La. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยงยง17:151.3, 17:167, 17:221, 17:221.2, 17:222, 17:235.1, 17:238, 17:416, 17:3914

Singleton v. Jackson Municipal Separate School District, 419 F. 2d 1211 (5th Cir., 1970)

Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators, Bulletin 741, Louisiana Department of Education

Board minutes, 9-10-90, 3-2-92, 12-3-01

 

Plaquemines Parish School Board