School City of East Chicago
Bylaws & Policies
 

5111 - DETERMINATION OF LEGAL SETTLEMENT AND ELIGIBILITY FOR ENROLLMENT OF STUDENTS WITHOUT LEGAL SETTLEMENT IN THE CORPORATION

The School Board establishes the following residency policy for determining eligibility to attend the schools of this Corporation.

 

A.

The Board will educate, tuition free, students who have legal settlement in the Corporation, and students enrolled according to the requirements of I.C. 20-26-11.

 
 

B.

Where the legal settlement of a student cannot reasonably be determined and the student is being supported by and living with a person whose residence is within the School Corporation, the student may be enrolled without payment of tuition. If the parents are able to support the student and have placed him/her in the home of another person primarily for the purpose of attending school in this Corporation without establishing legal guardianship as required by Indiana law, tuition will not be charged unless otherwise required by law may be charged according to Board Policy 6150.

 
 

C.

A child who is placed in foster care by a court of competent jurisdiction shall be admitted tuition free, without regard to residency, to a school within the Corporation, as selected by the State Department of Human Services or the child placing agency responsible for placement of that child.

 
 

D.

Foreign students participating in a foreign-exchange program approved by the Indiana State Board of Education and living with a resident host family will be admitted tuition free.

 
 

E.

The Corporation will provide a free education to those students who are considered by Federal law to be illegal aliens, if the student's parent or legal guardian has legal settlement within the Corporation, or considered to be homeless by criteria established by the State (see Policy 5111.01).

 
 

F.

Students who have completed the eleventh grade and have changed legal settlement to another school corporation may complete the twelfth grade in this Corporation.

 
 

G.

A married student living with a spouse or an emancipated minor is eligible to attend school without payment of tuition provided s/he resides in the Corporation.

 
 

H.

Children of Divorced Parents

 
 

Children of divorced parents may attend school in this Corporation without the payment of tuition if one (1) parent resides in this Corporation and a timely election is made utilizing the "Custodial Statement and Agreement: Divorce, Separation, or Abandonment" form provided by the Indiana State Board of Education.

 
 

Not later than fourteen (14) days before the first student day of the school year for which the parent seeks enrollment, the parent with physical custody of the child must notify the Superintendent of the school corporation in which the parents seek to have the student enrolled of their election to enroll the child in the Corporation school. The election may be made only once a school year.

 
 

I.

A student who has been expelled from another school corporation or who is expelled from a nonpublic school or withdraws from a public or a nonpublic school to avoid expulsion may be enrolled in the Corporation during the actual or proposed expulsion if:

 
 

1.

the student's parent informs the Corporation of the student's expulsion or withdrawal to avoid expulsion;

 
 

2.

the Corporation consents to the student's enrollment;

 
 

3.

the student agrees to the terms and conditions of enrollment established by the Corporation.

 
 

Such students will not be charged unless otherwise required by law may be charged tuition according to Board Policy 6150 if they do not have legal settlement in the Corporation.

 
 

If a student's parent fails to inform the Corporation of the expulsion or withdrawal to avoid expulsion or the student fails to follow the terms and conditions of enrollment, the Corporation may withdraw consent and prohibit the student's enrollment during the period of the actual or proposed expulsion. Before consent is withdrawn, the student must be given an opportunity for an informal meeting with the principal. At the informal meeting, the student is entitled to:

 
 

1.

a written or verbal statement of the reasons for the withdrawal of consent;

 
 

2.

a summary of the evidence against him/her;

 
 

3.

an opportunity to explain his/her conduct.

Transfer Students

In addition to students with legal settlement in the Corporation, students without legal settlement in the Corporation (hereafter referred to as "transfer students") will be enrolled in compliance with I.C. 20-26-11-32 and the following procedure:

 

A.

By May 30th of the current school year the Board will establish the number of transfer students that can be accepted in each building and grade level.

 
 

B.

The Board will establish a date by which requests to enroll a transfer student must be submitted to the Superintendent. This date shall be submitted to the Indiana Department of Education and published on the Corporation Internet website.

 
 

C.

Requests to enroll a student with legal settlement in the Corporation shall not be denied if the student to be transferred:

 
 

1.

has been enrolled in the Corporation in the prior school year;

 
 

2.

is a member of a household in which any other member of the household is a student in the transferee school; or

 
 

3.

has a parent who is an employee of the Corporation.

 
 

D.

If the number of requests to enroll in each building and grade level exceeds the number of established by the Board reduced by the number of transfers that may not be denied as described in paragraph (C) above, the students to be enrolled in each building and grade level shall be determined by random selection in which each application submitted on or before the date established by the Board pursuant to paragraph (A) above has an equal chance of being selected.

Pursuant to State law, the Board may deny a studentís application to transfer to the Corporation, discontinue enrollment of a transfer student currently attending, rescind approval of a student approved to attend in a subsequent year, or establish terms or conditions for enrollment or for continued enrollment in a subsequent school year,

 

A.

during the preceding twelve (12) months, the student has been suspended or expelled for:

 
 

1.

ten (10) or more school days;

 
 

2.

possession of a firearm, deadly weapon, or a destructive device;

 
 

3.

causing physical injury to a student, school employee or visitor to the school; or

 
 

4.

a violation of the Corporationís drug or alcohol rules.

 
 

B.

the student has had a history of unexcused absences, and the Board believes that, based upon the location of the studentís residence, attendance would be a problem for the student if the student is enrolled in the Corporation.

For purposes of computing the number of days of suspension of the student requesting enrollment, student discipline received from a teacher pursuant to the number of school days that a student has been suspended.

Transportation will not be provided by the School Corporation for transfer students accepted for enrollment, unless the transfer student has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in which transportation is required to be provided as a related service.

No transfer student shall be accepted for enrollment for athletic reasons.

Transfer students will not be charged unless other required by law.

I.C. 20-18-2-11 (legal settlement defined)
I.C. 20-33-2-12 (transfer to another accredited or non-accredited school)
I.C. 20-33-8-17 (expulsion for lack of legal settlement)
I.C. 20-26-11-1 (residence defined)
I.C. 20-26-11-2.5 (divorced parent election)
I.C. 20-26-11-6(e) (option to not charge transfer tuition)
I.C. 20-26-11-6.5 (children of school employees)
I.C. 20-26-11-6.7 (nonpublic school students)
I.C. 20-26-11-32 (student transfer requests, HEA 1381 Ė 2013;
SEA 108 - 2017)
I.C. 20-26-11-33 (non-transfer student attending alternative education program)
Plyer v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982) (State Statute denying free public education to
illegal immigrants violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth
Amendment)
Divorced Parents Agreement:
http://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/legal/formiii.pdf
Third Party Agreement:
http://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/legal/custodialstatementinstructions.pdf

Revised 8/20/15
Revised 8/29/18

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