John Glenn School Corporation
Administrative Guidelines
 

5130 - WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL

Withdrawal from School Prior to the Eighteenth Birthday

Both State law and Board policy require that before a student sixteen to eighteen (16 to 18) may withdraw, the principal is to conduct an exit interview with the student and his/her parents. At least five (5) days prior to the interview, the student and his/her parents are to be notified of the following: (see Form 5130 F2)

 A.The exit interview will include a determination of whether or not the student is withdrawing for reason of financial hardship, requiring the student to be employed to support the student's family or a dependent, illness, or an order by a court that has jurisdiction over the student. (I.C. 20-33-2-9 and 28.5)

 B.If the student does not receive consent to withdraw from school and fails to return to school, the principal of the school the student last attended will notify in writing by certified mail or personal delivery the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Bureau of Child Labor of the student's failure to return to school.

The principal shall be present at the meeting and arrange to have the student's guidance counselor and a member of the staff who has personal knowledge of the student's experience in the school participate in the meeting.

It is the goal of this Corporation to make it possible for every student to obtain an education that meets his/her goals and long-term needs. It is essential, therefore, that prior to the exit interview, the principal and staff have analyzed the student's school and personal situation to ascertain what they think the reasons are for the student's wish to drop out of school.

During the interview, before sharing their ideas as to the causes, staff should ask the student/parents what they think are the reasons the student wants to withdraw from school. It will be important for the staff not to comment on the statements the student/parents make but to try to obtain as clear and complete a picture as possible of their ideas. At this point, the focus should be kept on reasons for dropping out and not the consequences. That discussion will come later when and if there is no apparent likelihood that the causes cannot be addressed to everyone's satisfaction. When the student's/parents' reasons have been identified, they should be compared with those the staff has identified and attempts made to reach agreement on the main factors.

The principal also will advise the student and his/her parent that the studentís withdrawal from school may prevent the student from receiving or result in the revocation of the studentís employment certificate and driverís license or learnerís permit.

If the situation appears to be one in which there is a willingness to explore means of eliminating or ameliorating some of the main factors, a plan should be developed with the student/parents whereby such exploration can take place. The plan should be pursued until either the student decides to stay in school or s/he insists upon withdrawing.

If there appears to be no willingness to participate in such an exploration, the student should be asked what s/he thinks will be some of the short-term and long-range consequences of living in the adult world without a high school education. If there seems to be little or no concern or understanding, they should be informed of the notification requirement to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the need for an employment certificate. One more attempt should be made to involve them in finding an educational alternative.

Even if both the student and the parents insist on withdrawal, the principal may withhold consent to withdraw. If the principal agrees to provide consent, Acknowledgement/Consent Form 5130 F4 should be completed and arrangements made for the student's withdrawal using, to the extent possible, a procedure similar to that described below for a student transfer from the Corporation. A written acknowledgment of withdrawal must include a statement that the student and the student's parent understand that withdrawing from school is likely to: 1.) reduce the student's future earnings; and 2.) increase the student's likelihood of being unemployed in the future.

The following information is to be submitted to the principal:

 A.the completed Consent/Acknowledgement Form 5130 F4

 B.date and school

 C.reasons for withdrawal

 D.alternatives recommended to the student

 E.verification of last address and anticipated address

 F.follow-up actions, if any, by Corporation staff

 G.notification of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Bureau of Child Labor, if consent to withdraw is not provided and the student fails to return to school.

If the student insists on withdrawing but the parents will not acquiesce, the student may not withdraw from school until s/he is eighteen (18) years of age.

Withdrawal from the Corporation Due to Change in Residence

Upon notification by the parent that a student is withdrawing from the Corporation, the school shall use a procedure that ensures the items on the appropriate Check-Out Form 5130 F1, Form 5130 F2, or Form 5130 F3 are properly completed.

 A.A parent signs the necessary release forms and a copy is placed in the student's cumulative record.

 B.The student's name is taken off the class list, and a memo is sent to appropriate personnel notifying them of the withdrawal.

 C.The student's cumulative record is completed by teachers and counselors and sent to the principal.

 D.The principal arranges for the proper delivery of the student's records to the receiving school as specified in AG 8330.

 E.In the case of a special education student, JESSE also will be notified of the withdrawal, date of withdrawal, and the receiving school or agency.

 F.If the student withdraws when school is not in session, the building principal must complete the process as soon as possible.

Revised 10/05
Revised 11/21/06