Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the earliest date for submitting an application for Elementary Special Permission for the upcoming school year?
A: April 15th is the earliest date for submitting an Elementary Special Permission Application for the upcoming school year. Applications submitted after August 1st would not be guaranteed to be processed before the beginning of the new school year.
Q: How are applications taken into consideration?
A. Special Permission Applications will be considered in the following order
Renewal From Previous Year Special Request
New Application for Sibling of Student with Renewal Application
Q: What if the requested school is at or near capacity enrollment?
A: For new applications, schools that are at an average class size of 21 for a grade level are unable to enroll students outside of their geographical boundaries.
Q: When will I be notified of the decision regarding the Special Permission application?
A: Elementary school enrollment numbers are reviewed by the Superintendent and Principals at the end of the current school year. Parents will be notified by July 31st. It is always advisable to have alternative plans in the event that enrollment numbers do not allow the district to approve special permission applications for a particular school. Applications submitted after August 1st would not be guaranteed to be processed before the beginning of the new school year.
Q: May I apply for special permission based on childcare arrangements?
A: Yes. The Childcare Provider Verification Form must be completed and submitted with the Elementary Special Permission Application for consideration. The childcare must be an approved provider of or be located within the attendance area of the school requested. If the childcare provider is approved by the district to serve multiple school buildings, the district reserves the right to choose which building the child will attend in order to maintain balanced classroom sizes.
Q: May I apply for special permission to finish out the current school year if we move to a different attendance area within the district?
A: Yes. Requests for continuity reasons will be considered for completion of the current school year. Documented proof of residency must be submitted with the application, and, if approved, transportation would not be provided by the district.
Q: My family is moving to a new attendance area in the fall. May my child start at our new school in August?
A: In order to have consideration, the parent must complete an Elementary Special Permission Application and provide documented proof that the family would be residing in the new home within the first 30 days of the beginning of the new school year. Documented proof prior to settlement would include the purchase/building contract and homeowner’s insurance.
Q: May I apply for special permission on the basis of social-emotional adjustment or medical hardship?
A: Yes. Documentation from a psychologist, physician or counselor must be submitted with the application.
Q: If Special Permission is granted, will transportation be provided?
A: No. Transportation will not be provided by the district unless it is to/from a Childcare within the Attendance Area of the Requested School. If the Special Permission application is not for Childcare reasons, parents must plan a safe method of transportation and make sure the student is dropped off and picked up on time. Should attendance and/or tardiness become an issue, the approval will be revoked and the student will be transferred to the school of attendance based on their home address.
Q: If Special Permission is granted and my child is suspended, will special permission be revoked?
A: Possibly. A violation of the student code of conduct may be considered grounds for revocation of the special permission approval.
Q: My child received special permission for first grade; does that mean s/he will be able to attend the school through third grade?
A: No. Special Permission applications are approved for one year only. Parents must re-apply each year they wish for special permission status to be considered.