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501.14 Open Enrollment Transfers as a Sending District

Code No. 501.14





The school district will participate in open enrollment as a sending district.  As a sending district, the board will allow resident students who meet the requirements to open enroll to another public school district.


Parents requesting open enrollment out of the school district for their student will notify the sending and receiving school district in accordance with district practice.  The notice is made on forms provided by the Department of Education.  The forms are available at the district administration office.


Parents of children who will begin kindergarten and prekindergarten children enrolled in special education programs and included in the district’s basic enrollment will file in the same manner set forth above. 


The receiving district will approve or deny open enrollment requests according to the timelines established by law.  The parents may withdraw the open enrollment request prior to the board’s or board designee’s approval of the application.  The receiving district’s superintendent or superintendent’s designee will notify the parents and sending school district by mail within five days of the school district’s action to approve or deny the open enrollment request.  


The administration may approve a student's request to allow the receiving district to enter the school district for the purposes of transportation.                  


An open enrollment request out of the school district from parents of a special education student is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  The determining factor for approval of such an open enrollment request will be whether the special education program available in the receiving school district is appropriate for the student's needs.  The area education agency director of special education serving the receiving district will determine whether the program is appropriate.  The special education student will remain in the school district until the final determination is made.


It is the responsibility of the superintendent to maintain open enrollment request applications and notice forms.  It will also be the responsibility of the superintendent to develop appropriate office procedures and administrative regulations necessary for open enrollment requests.


Date Board Approved: 1/20/2003

Date Board Updated/Reviewed: 9/19/2022


Legal Reference:

Iowa Code §§ 139A.8; 274.1; 279.11; 282.1, .3, .8, .18; 299.1.
281 I.A.C. 17.

                     1990 Op.  Att'y Gen. 75.