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ATTENDANCE ZONE POLICY

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Enrollment Inter County Transfers

Parents seeking to enroll their children in schools located in another county are required to comply with the statutory requirements of W. Va. Code 18-5-16(b) and WVDE Policy 7212.

The parent must first obtain the consent of the sending county board and the receiving county board. The WVDE in the past has recommended parents make the requests to the sending and receiving counties at the same time.

The sending county must approve the request.

The receiving county must approve the request (contingent upon the sending county’s approval if approved prior to the sending county’s approval).

The receiving principal determines the availability of space and through consultation with the child’s present school considers a student’s past conduct, attendance record, and other information to determine whether to approve or deny a request.

Approved transfers may be rescinded by the county board if the student develops significant problems with regard to behavior or attendance or if in-district enrollment pushes class size beyond the maximum allowed by law.

Enrollment in Another Zone in the County

Parents of children living in one school zone who desire to enroll their children in a school outside their zone may do so, provided there is room at said school, and the permission of the receiving school principal, sending school principal, and the county superintendent is obtained.

Each school is assigned to students residing within a defined attendance area.  The Attendance Areas are defined as:

Green Bank: Route 92 North at the Randolph line to Route 28 North at the Pendleton county line to Route 250 North at the Virginia state line to Route 92 South to the old McCarty store at Frost and Route 28 South to Warrior Way, including Laurel Run Road to Clover Lick and on County Route 1 to Route 66 (Gum Road and Cold Run Road) including Cass but no farther than Gum Road on Route 66 and the areas contained within.

Marlinton: From Route 39 East to the Virginia line and Route 92 South at the Greenbrier County line to Route 92 North to Route 84 East to the Virginia state line to Hill Country Road, including Hill Country Road, Gordon Dilley Road, and Warrior Way, to Route 28 South and Route 39 West and from Route 219 North at the Randolph County line and including Route 66 and the Linwood Road to Route 219 South at Buckeye below the “Blix McNeil” farm and the areas contained within.

Hillsboro: From Route 219 South at the Greenbrier County line and Route 55 West at the Greenbrier County line to the “Blix McNeil Farm” on 291 North and the areas contained within.

Principals will maintain a detailed description of the school’s geographic boundaries.  A copy of each school’s boundaries will be maintained in the county administration office.

 

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Principals will verify addresses of students enrolling to ensure that all students live within the school’s assigned boundaries.

The Pocahontas County Board of Education supports the administration to facilitate voluntary out of school attendance area transfer requests only when appropriate in accordance with the provisions of this policy.  No transfers will be approved if the request leads to the need for additional staff.

Parents may request that a child be transferred to a school outside the assigned attendance area.  This request must be submitted in writing to the principals of each school involved.  It is required for parents to make such requests on a yearly basis.  School bus transportation is not provided for students attending school outside their attendance area and Payment in Lieu of Transportation will not be offered If a request is received to attend a school outside the assigned attendance area, the sending and receiving principals will confer and the principal of the requested school is to notify the parents in writing of the decision.  A copy of the letter to parents will be sent to the other principal and superintendent.  The receiving principal determines the availability of space and through consultation with the child’s present school considers a student’s past conduct, attendance record, and other information to determine whether to approve or deny a request.  Students who are Pocahontas County residents will be of the highest priority followed by other West Virginia students.  Out-of-state residents may enroll if space is available, but they must pay the average per pupil cost of education Pocahontas County students, plus any additional related costs if the student has special needs.

This policy will take effect for the 2019-2020 school year for all newly enrolled students and parents requesting enrollment in another zone for the first time.  Students who have been enrolled in another zone prior to the 2019-20 may continue to attend if the procedure for the annual request is observed.

Definitions

 

Availability of Space-Preschool

Making an application for a child to participate in the Pocahontas County Universal Preschool Program is NOT a guarantee of a first choice of placement in a particular Preschool site or classroom.  Site or classroom placement is determined upon the Pocahontas County Universal Preschool Program Selection Criteria and by the Pocahontas County Preschool Collaborative Committee. Space available in the preschool classrooms is defined as 20 children.  The Pocahontas County Preschool Collaborative Committee can limit the number of children in a preschool classroom to 17 children as the need for children with disabilities are identified and admissions from the West Virginia Birth to Three program are needed.

Availability of Space-Elementary

Space available in the elementary school classrooms is defined as 20 students in kindergarten, 20 in grades 1 through 2, and 25 in grades 4 through 6.

Availability of Space-Secondary

Space available in the secondary schools is defined as having an average class size of 25 or less in all core classes.  Core classes are defined as Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.

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Availability of Space-Special Education

Space available in special education programs in the receiving school is defined as no more than 75% of the teacher/therapist caseload for that exceptionality as defined by West Virginia Board of Education Policy 2419 Regulations for the Education of Students with Exceptionalities.

Conduct/Attendance

Approved transfers may be rescinded by the school principal if the student develops significant problems with regard to behavior or attendance or if in-district enrollment pushes class size beyond the maximum allowed by law.

Adopted:  April, 1976

Revised:  May 13, 2019

 

 

 

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