FD(LOCAL) - ADMISSIONS

PERSONS AGE 21 AND OVER

An approved dropout recovery program in the District shall admit a person who is at least 21 and younger than 26 years of age for the purpose of completing the requirements for a high school diploma provided that:

The student is a District resident;

The student may reasonably be expected to complete all requirements for high school graduation prior to his or her 26th birthday; and

Space is available in the program.

REGISTRATION FORMS

Before a student may officially be admitted to District schools, the student's parent, legal guardian, or other person having lawful control shall annually complete and sign registration forms. A student who has reached age 18 shall be permitted to complete and sign these forms.

PROOF OF RESIDENCY

At the time of registration, the parent, guardian, or other person having lawful control of the student under a court order must present proof of residence in the District in the form of one or more of the following:

A recently paid rent receipt.

A current lease agreement.

The most recent tax receipt indicating home ownership.

A current utility bill indicating the address and the adult's name.

For a student living separate and apart from his or her parent, guardian, or other person having lawful control under a court order, the adult District resident with whom the student resides must provide proof of residence in the same manner as described in this policy.

For a nonresident student whose resident grandparent provides a substantial amount of after-school care, the grandparent must provide proof of residence in the same manner as a parent.

VERIFICATION OF RESIDENCE INFORMATION

District staff in charge of enrollment procedures may require additional documentation when a student's residence status is in question. The Superintendent or designee may verify a student's residence information by:

Requiring additional mail addressed to the person enrolling the student;

Visually inspecting the residence for evidence that the student indeed lives there; or

Applying the criteria outlined in the UIL Constitution and Contest Rules.

EXCEPTIONS

Proof of a student's residency shall be waived when the student is homeless as defined by law.

MINOR LIVING APART

PERSON STANDING IN PARENTAL RELATION

A minor student residing in the District but whose parent, guardian, or other person having lawful control under a court order does not reside in the District shall present a power of attorney or an authorization agreement as provided in Chapter 34 of the Family Code assigning responsibility for the student in all school-related matters to an adult resident of the District.

MISCONDUCT

A minor student living apart who has engaged in misconduct that results in any of the consequences found in Education Code 25.001(d) shall not be permitted to attend a District school.

EXCEPTIONS

Based on an individual student's circumstance, the Superintendent shall have authority to grant exceptions to the requirement for a power of attorney or authorization agreement and to the exclusion for misconduct. [See FD(EXHIBIT)–A, D, and E]

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

The Superintendent shall determine whether a minor student living apart is present in the District for the primary purpose of participating in extracurricular activities.

NONRESIDENT STUDENT IN GRANDPARENT'S AFTER-SCHOOL CARE

The parent and grandparent of a nonresident student requesting admission under Education Code 25.001(b)(9) shall provide to the Superintendent the required information on the grandparent's residency and complete a form provided by the District describing the extent of after-school care to be provided by the grandparent.

The Superintendent or designee shall have authority to approve or deny such admissions requests in accordance with this policy.

SUBSTANTIAL AFTER-SCHOOL CARE

For purposes of this policy, a substantial amount of after-school care shall consist of at least:

Two hours after the regular school day; and

Four days during the regular school week.

The age of the student and any special needs or circumstances shall also be considered. The student may continue in enrollment as long as the grandparent provides this level of care.

PLACEMENT

ACCREDITED SCHOOLS

The parent, guardian, or other person having lawful control of a student enrolling in a District school from an accredited public, private, or parochial school shall provide evidence of the prior schooling outside the District. The student shall be placed initially at the grade level reached elsewhere, pending observation by the classroom teacher, guidance personnel, and the principal. On the basis of these observations and results of tests that may be administered by appropriate District personnel, the principal shall determine the final grade placement.

For the purposes of this policy, "accredited" shall be defined as accreditation by TEA, an equivalent agency from another state, or an accrediting association recognized by the commissioner.

NONACCREDITED SCHOOLS

A student enrolling in a District school from a nonaccredited public, private, or parochial school, including a homeschool, shall be placed initially at the discretion of the principal, pending observation by classroom teachers, guidance personnel, and the principal. Criteria for placement may include:

Scores on achievement tests, which may be administered by appropriate District personnel.

Recommendation of the sending school.

Prior academic record.

Chronological age and social and emotional development of the student.

Other criteria deemed appropriate by the principal.

TRANSFER CREDIT

Before granting course credit, the District shall validate, by testing or other evidence, that any course taken by a student at a nonaccredited public, private, or parochial school meets State Board requirements. [See EHDB]

FOREIGN STUDENTS

A student from a foreign country whose transcripts cannot be accurately evaluated or for whom no transcript can be obtained shall be referred immediately for grade placement testing to determine in which grade level he or she shall be enrolled. The student may be assigned to the grade level he or she has requested until the student's test results are available.

WITHDRAWAL

A parent or guardian wishing to withdraw a minor student shall present a signed request stating the reason for the withdrawal. A student who is 18 or older may request withdrawal without a parent's or guardian's signature.

[For District withdrawal of students no longer in attendance, see FEA(LOCAL)]

Houston ISD

FD(LOCAL)-X

LDU 2016.07

DATE ISSUED: 9/15/2016