FILE:  JBCC

Cf:  JBC, JBCD

 

STUDENT ASSIGNMENT

 

 

ATTENDANCE ZONE REQUIREMENTS

 

The Pointe Coupee 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 require a student to attend the appropriate school as determined by the residence (domicile) of the student or the parent, legal guardian, or legal custodian, or if he/she is eighteen years old or has been emancipated by a court order, by the student's own domicile.  However, the School Board reserves the authority and responsibility to assign and/or transfer a student to any of the public schools within its jurisdiction, if circumstances warrant.  The parent or legal guardian of a pupil may file in writing to the School Board an objection to the assignment of the pupil, in which case the School Board shall review the assignment and investigate the circumstances in order to render a decision.

 

The School Board, by statute, shall be required to assign a student to attend any public school requested by a parent or other legally responsible person when the requested school has space available and is of suitable grade level, and the child resides not more than one (1) mile from such school.  Such assignment shall be made if not specifically contrary to the provisions of law, rule, regulation, or an order of a court of competent jurisdiction.  Assignment shall also be made without regard to parish boundaries.

 

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.  Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board shall no longer accept students under provisional custody.  Students enrolled under provisional custody arrangements prior to the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year shall be allowed to remain in the school system until they graduate.  In accordance with Louisiana law, provisional custody by mandate can only be awarded for a period not to exceed one year.  As a result, a new provisional custody by mandate form must be submitted each year.  In the event that a new provisional custody by mandate form is not submitted in any year, then legal custody of the student shall revert to the person who granted provisional custody and the child shall be assigned to the school serving the residence of that individual.

 

The school principal or designee shall be responsible for monitoring the school enrollment list and shall immediately terminate and/or transfer an unauthorized student.

 

Subject to any existing federal court orders, the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board shall have the authority to determine student residency for school attendance and school transportation purposes (La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §17:104.1).  Consistent with such authority, the address of a student’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s) shall determine the school to which the student will be assigned.

 

In the event that the parent or legal guardian gives custody of the student to another through a court order then the student shall be assigned to school based on the residence address of the person to whom custody has been awarded.  Documentation supporting changes in custody of students must be submitted to the Hearing and Truancy Offices and/or Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance.  School system employee(s) shall have the authority to review such legal documentation and to make home visits to verify that the student is actually living with the person to whom custody has been awarded.  In the event that it is determined that the child is not actually residing with the person to whom custody has been awarded, then the School Board shall have the right to transfer and/or reassign the student.

 

The person who enrolls the child in school (parent, legal guardian, or provisional custodian) shall be responsible for all of the parenting responsibilities of the child related to school activities, such as attending conferences, signing report cards, participating in the school discipline process and for those students riding school buses, ensuring that they get to their “pick up” location before school and get home from their “drop off” location after school.  The “pick up” and “drop off” locations for each student shall be based on the residence address of the person who has custody of the child at that time.  The authorization of medical treatment of the child will remain with the parent or legal guardian.

 

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.

 

VERIFICATION OF RESIDENCE

 

The School Board shall require verification of residence of those students whose residence is suspected to be outside the attendance zone of the school the student is attending.  When investigating the residence of a student, the School Board shall attempt to verify the primary place of residence of the legal parent or legal or provisional guardian.  Such verification of residence shall be based on such items as the following:

 

  1. Voter registration card of parent or custodian, or

  2. Property tax statement of parent or custodian showing homestead exemption, or

  3. Certified copy of any judicially ordered tutorship, custody or guardianship of any minor child student not domiciled or in the custody of their natural and/or legal parents.  Verification of the physical residency of the legal custodian, tutor/tutrix or nonparent shall also be required, or

  4. Any other documentation as may be stipulated by the School Board.

 

ASSIGNMENT OF STUDENTS WITH EXCEPTIONALITIES

 

Unless the Individualized Education Program (IEP) of a student with an exceptionality, except a gifted and talented student, requires some other arrangement, the School Board shall require the student with such an exceptionality to be educated in the school that the student would attend if he/she did not have an exceptionality.  However, if the educational needs of the student cannot be achieved satisfactorily in a regular class setting, the student may be placed in an educational environment designed to meet the appropriate needs of the student, as determined by the IEP committee.

 

However, a student with an exceptionality, except a gifted and talented student, shall be assigned to a school as requested by the parent, in accordance with La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §17:1944, if all the following conditions are met:

 

  1. The parent submits a written request to the School Board responsible for the student and the respective School Board having jurisdiction over the school being requested, by not later than April first of the school year preceding the school year for which the parent is requesting the school assignment.  The request shall include a recommendation from at least two (2) licensed physicians who have treated the student during the year prior to the submission of the request.

  2. The School Board responsible for the student and the respective School Board having jurisdiction over the school being requested by the parent enter into an agreement for the assignment of the student to the requested school. 

  3. The requested school is located at least ten (10) miles from the school to which the student is assigned, in accordance with applicable school attendance zone requirements.

  4. The requested school is located at least fifteen (15) miles from the student’s home. 

  5. The requested school is not located in a public school district in which fifty percent (50%) or more of the public schools in the district are charter schools and fifty percent (50%) or more of the public schools in the district participate in a single application and enrollment process for public school enrollment.

 

CLASSROOM ASSIGNMENT

 

Generally, student assignments in K through 8 will be made by the principal of the school.  However, in some cases schools may be structured so that students in higher grades may select classes and courses of study.  The placement of a student shall be based on grades, achievement test scores, and participation in special programs.

 

Selection of classes and courses of study in grades 9 through 12 shall be uniformly made by individual students.  Assistance in planning course of study and selection of classes shall be provided by teachers, counselors, and administrators.  Each student shall be furnished a schedule of classes offered and requirements for graduation.  Some classes may have prerequisites for enrollment.

 

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).

 

Revised:  December, 1992 Revised:  June, 2009
Revised:  November, 1993 Revised:  December, 2009
Revised:  August, 2004 Revised:  February 24, 2011
Revised:  October 23, 2008 Revised:  January 26, 2017

 

 

Ref:    La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§9:951, 9:952, 9:953, 9:954, 17:81, 17:104.1, 17:221.2, 17:221.4,  17:221.5, 17:238, 17:1944

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

Board minutes, 7-22-04, 10-23-08, 5-11-09, 2-25-10, 2-24-11, 1-26-17

 

Pointe Coupee Parish School Board