The school board reviewed open enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year at the May 10, 2021 meeting. The decision was made to close 1st, 3rd, 5th, 8th, 9th and 10th grades to open enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year and to limit the number of approved open enrollment applications for the other grade levels. These decisions were based on enrollment projections for each grade level and insufficient classroom space.
The deadline for filing the completed form with the resident and receiving district for grades 1-12 is March 1 of the year preceding the school year for which open enrollment is desired. The deadline for filing the completed form with the resident and receiving district for kindergarten is September 1 of the school year of enrollment into kindergarten.
Parents are responsible for transporting children who are open-enrolled to another district. Open-enrolled students from low-income families may qualify for transportation assistance. The parent/guardian should file for assistance with the resident district.
Students who open-enroll in grades 9 through 12, shall be immediately eligible for varsity athletics if one of the following applies: 1) The open enrollment meets the definition of good cause. 2) The board of directors or superintendent of the resident district issues or implements a decision that suspends the discontinuation or suspension of varsity interscholastic sports activities in the district of residence. 3) The board of directors of the resident and receiving districts agree to waive ineligibility. 4) The student is from a district with a voluntary diversity plan (i.e., Des Moines) and is approved for open enrollment for the 2021-22 school year (only valid for the 2021-22 school year). 5) During the 2020-21 school year, a student was enrolled in District A on the first day of school, enrolled in District B for a portion of the school year, and then re-enrolled in District A before July 1, 2021. A student who is academically ineligible in their resident district will be ineligible in the receiving district for the remaining period of ineligibility declared by the resident district.
As a general rule, appeals of open enrollment decisions should be filed as an original court action in Iowa District Court. Iowa District Court appeals should be filed in district court in the county in which the primary business office of the resident district is location. If an application is denied based on repeated acts of harassment or a serious health condition, the parent/guardian may appeal to the State Board of Education. The appeal process is outlined in the Parent Open Enrollment Guidance document above..