FILE:  JBC

Cf:  JBCBB, JDE, JGCB

 

SCHOOL ADMISSION

 

 

The Pointe Coupee 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 School Board may prescribe.

 

The School Board shall grant admission or readmission to school to any person who meets all of the following criteria:

 

  1. Resides within the geographic boundaries of the school system.

  2. Meets the eligibility requirements for school entrance pursuant to statutory provisions

  3. Is nineteen (19) years of age or younger on September 30th of the calendar year in which the school year begins or is twenty (20) years of age on September 30th of the calendar year in which the school year begins and has sufficient course credits that he/she will be able to graduate within one (1) school year of admission or readmission.

  4. Has not received a high school diploma or its equivalent.

  5. Is otherwise eligible for enrollment in a public school pursuant to state law and the policies of the School Board and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

 

If a person meets all of the criteria stated above, the School Board shall not deny admission or readmission based on any of the following characteristics:

 

  1. The person voluntarily withdrew from school.

  2. The person is pregnant.

  3. The person is a parent.

  4. The person is married.

 

The admission or readmission of a person who will be twenty (20) years of age on September 30th of the calendar year in which the school year begins shall be limited to grade twelve (12).

 

The admission or readmission of a person with an exceptionality shall be subject to federal and state law governing the age of eligibility for services for students with exceptionalities.

 

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 shall be given a fifteen (15) day grace period to secure a copy of their birth record.  Children born out of Louisiana shall 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 school principal may accept whatever positive proof of age, race and parentage is available.  It shall be left to the discretion of the Superintendent or designee as to whether or not a child shall continue in school upon failure to comply herewith.

  2. Present to school officials satisfactory evidence of immunity to or immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases according to the age appropriate schedule approved by the Office of Public Health, Department of Health and Hospitals.

  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 School 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.

 

COURT ORDER

 

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board shall accept only children from Pointe Coupee Parish to attend its schools in order to comply with the most recent Federal court order under which the School Board is operating.

 

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.

 

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 School Board.

 

ADMISSION OF HOMELESS STUDENTS

 

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

 

ADMISSION OF STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

 

Neither the School Board nor any public school shall require the parent or legal guardian of any student to disclose the student’s medical information or special education needs prior to enrolling the student in a public school, unless otherwise specifically required by law.

 

Nothing herein shall prohibit a public school from providing an enrollment preference to a student with special needs when the student’s parent or legal guardian has voluntarily provided the school with information regarding such needs.

 

Revised:  November, 1993 Revised:  April, 2008
Revised:  December, 1995 Revised:  September 23, 2010
Revised:  December, 1997 Revised:  July 24, 2014
Revised:  October, 1998 Revised:  November 20, 2014
Revised:  August, 2000 Revised:  January 26, 2017
Revised:  March, 2004  

 

 

Ref:    42 USC 11431 et. seq. (Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act)

La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:151.3, 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, 4-30-03, 9-23-10, 7-24-14, 11-20-14, 1-26-17

 

Pointe Coupee Parish School Board