Decatur County Community Schools
Bylaws & Policies


Article 8, Section 1 of the Indiana Constitution establishes a right to a tuition free education in an Indiana public school district. The Indiana Student Legal Settlement statute, I.C. 20-26-11 establishes which Indiana public school district a student has a right to attend. Attendance at a particular school or program is established by Board Policy 5120 and the administrative guideline that implements this policy.

The Board directs that the assignment of students to schools and programs within the School District be consistent with the effectiveness of the instruction of students and the best use of the Boardís resources.

The Board shall determine the school attendance areas in the Corporation and the students in each attendance area shall attend the school or program designated by the Board.

When directed by the Board, the Superintendent shall review attendance areas and recommend changes as may be justified by:



student safety, transportation, distance, and travel time;



the academic and career interests of students;



financial and administrative efficiency;



the effectiveness of the instructional program or the opportunity to bring together students who would benefit from a curricular component that can only be offered at a single or limited number of sites in the School District.

The Superintendent may assign a student to a school or program other than the school serving the attendance area established by the Board if the exception is consistent with the interests of the student and Board. A decision to assign a student to a school or program other than the school or program that serves the attendance area in which a student resides shall be based upon academic, safety or family considerations and shall not be made solely for participation in extracurricular activities.

Absent substantial considerations to the contrary, a student shall be permitted to complete their education in the same school.

When consistent with the interests of the students and the Board, students living in the same household shall be assigned to the same school or program.

The Superintendent shall assign incoming students to schools, grades, classes, and programs that meet the studentís educational needs.

A principal shall assign students in a school to grades, classes, groups, and programs based on the needs of the students and the Board.

If a transfer between buildings or programs is initiated by a Principal or a designee, the studentís parent/guardian or a student 18 years of age or older shall be advised of the reason for the proposed change. A parent/guardian of a student or a student 18 years of age or older may appeal the transfer to the Superintendent, whose decision shall be final unless the Superintendent elects to submit the proposed change for consideration by the Board.

Article 8, Section 1 Indiana Constitution
I.C. 20-26-5-4(2), (13) and (18)
I.C. 20-26-11
Parents Involved in Community Schools v Seattle, 551 U.S. 701 (2007)

Revised 7/11/12

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