Open Enrollment Between Districts
New Guidance from the State on extending the deadline to open enroll to a district with an approved online program. The deadline is July 15, 2020.
Open Enrollment Applications and Deadlines
2020-21 School Year: Grades 1-12, March 2, 2020 | Kindergarten, September 1, 2020
2021-22 School Year: Grades 1-2, March 1, 2021 | Kindergarten, September 2, 2021
Open Enrollment Between Districts
Parents or guardians requesting open enrollment in or out of a school district must complete a State of Iowa application form that is available from any DCSD school, from any Iowa school district, area education agency, or the state department of education. An application must be completed for each child and filed with both the resident and receiving school districts.
For additional information on open enrollment, please visit the Iowa Department of Education’s website.
For more information on DCSD’s process and procedures, please contact Dawn Anderson Rascher, Program Director of Assessments English Learners and State Reporting, at (563) 336-7471 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Enrollment Limitations & Stipulations
Parents of students approved for open enrollment are responsible for transporting their student to the new school. This applies to all students including those with an IEP.
State code allows for a parent to request transportation assistance. Specific income guidelines, separate from those for the free/reduced lunch program, must be met to qualify for this assistance. Documentation of the family’s income must be submitted each year the assistance is requested and updated any time the income changes by more than $50 per month.
Special Education Students
Open enrollment requests for special education students are reviewed by the Special Education Executive Director to determine if the student’s special needs can be accommodated by the district. The pupil/teacher ratios required by state law or District policy shall be maintained for all special education programs. The District is not required to hire additional instructional or support staff to accommodate an open enrollment student.
Continuation of Educational Program
Students moving from one district to another may remain in the original district for the duration of their career with no interruption of their education program. To do so, parents must complete an open enrollment application for continuation within 60 days of the date of the move. This request will be approved by receiving and resident district if submitted timely. Parents assume responsibility for transporting students approved for continuation.
Students who transfer prior to grade 10 will be eligible to participate in interscholastic athletic contests. A student who transfers in grades 10 through 12 shall not be eligible to participate in interscholastic athletic contests and athletic competitions during the first 90 school days of enrollment unless the student’s resident district does not offer the interscholastic sport.
Open Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions
What is open enrollment between districts?
In the state of Iowa, a parent or guardian residing in a school district may enroll their child in a public school in another school district without paying tuition, provided they comply with filing deadlines and procedures.
How do I apply?
You may request an open enrollment form from any DCSD school, from any Iowa school district, area education agency, or the state department of education. An application must be completed for each child and filed with the resident school district. Applications must be turned in to the Achievement Service Center, Attn: Dawn Anderson Rascher, 1702 N. Main Street., Davenport, IA 52803.
When do I apply?
For students in grades 1 – 12, forms must be filed with the resident district by March 1 of the school year preceding the school year for which open enrollment is requested. For example, an application for students in grades 1- 12 must be filed by March 1, 2018, in order to be approved for the 2018-19 school year.
For Kindergarten students, the deadline September 1 of the current school year.
Does each child need to file an application?
May I choose which school my child will attend?
While open enrollment is approved into a district rather than a particular school, you may indicate your first, second, and third choice of elementary school by completing the question pertaining to preference of attendance center on the application. Every effort will be made to enroll your child in their school of first choice. In regards to high school open enrollment into DCSD, you may choose which particular school to enroll your child.
What are the procedures for placement of open enrolled students into an elementary school?
A parent may request an elementary school for placement. Placement is made for the entire school year, based on the availability of space and is considered the “home school” placement of the child for the student’s elementary school career. The child living in the attendance area shall have a priority claim on the availability of the space.
Is there a cost involved?
Your resident school district will be responsible for paying the cost of tuition each year for your child to attend school in the receiving school district. However, all miscellaneous registration fees for participation in the educational programs will be the parent’s responsibility.
Do I need to file a new application each year
No. Once an application is approved, your child may continue in the receiving district until they graduate, or you move from your resident district.
What is the deadline for filing open enrollment?
March 1 of the school year preceding the school year for which open enrollment is requested. Hardships and late applications may be given special consideration. Exceptions may include, but are not limited to, a change in a child’s parents’ marital status, a change in the family’s residence, a guardianship proceeding, adoption, or participation in a substance abuse or mental health treatment program.
For further information on hardships and late applications, please contact Dawn Anderson Rascher, Program Director of Assessments, English Learners and State Reporting at (563) 336-7471 or via email at email@example.com. You may also refer to Iowa Code section 282.18 (16).
Will the district provide transportation for my child?
If a parent/guardian meets the income eligibility guidelines for transportation assistance, application for that assistance should be filed with the resident district. Transportation assistance is available only between contiguous districts.
Can my request be denied?
Generally, a request can be denied if filing deadlines are not met, if there is not classroom space for the student, or if the student is under suspension or expulsion from his/her current school district. Requests may also be denied under the provisions of the Davenport Schools’ Diversity Plan or any diversity plan that may exist in the other district involved in this request (resident or receiving).
What are my options if the open enrollment application is denied? Only if the application for open enrollment was because of repeated acts of harassment or because the child has a serious health condition that the district cannot adequately address, may the parent file an appeal with the Iowa Department of Education within 30 days of the District Board of Education decision to deny the application.
If the denial if based on a diversity plan and/or another reason, you may file an appeal with the District Court.
Do we need to open enroll if we move and want to remain in the same school district?
Yes. If the application is to continue in a school district because of a move to another school district, the application must be completed within 60 days of the date of the move.
What if we move to another district after we file for open enrollment and want to continue to attend in the current district?
Simply send written notification to the new district, the resident district, and the current district that you wish to transfer your open enrollment to the new district. This applies to a move within Iowa only. Out of state residents are not eligible for open enrollment and would need to pay tuition to continue.
May an 11th or 12th grade student complete his/her education at the resident district if his/her family moves to another district?
Yes. See Iowa Code 257.6(d). 11th and 12th grade nonresident students who were residents of the district during the preceding school year are enrolled in that district until they graduate. An open enrollment application is not required.
Does open enrollment apply to pre-kindergarten?
Parents may open enroll students for a pre-kindergarten program if the student is age 5 by September 15 and the pre-kindergarten program is part of the regular school program with established curriculum and an appropriately certified teacher. Special education students under the age of 5 are eligible to open enroll if the receiving district has the appropriate program and the student has a current IEP.
Whom should I contact with further questions on open enrollment?
You may contact Dawn Anderson Rascher, Program Director of Assessments, English Learners and State Reporting, at (563) 336-7471 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To review the related Board Policy click 501.16 Open Enrollment Between Districts.