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The Board of Education has established the following school permit procedures for the 2019-20 school year (from District Policy AS93):

"The Board subscribes to the philosophy of educational choice and enrollment options for Jordan District students within the limits of classroom space and staff availability.  The Board recognizes that providing options for children and families optimizes student learning.  Therefore, the Board delegates to the Administration responsibility for developing policy for management of a school choice program."

Apply for an Open Enrollment Permit

Applications are now being accepted for School Choice Open Enrollment for students who wish to attend a school other than their resident school. The open enrollment school choice (lottery) will close on December 31.  Any applications submitted during the month of December will be approved according to Permit Procedures.

Administrative Policy

The Administration shall administer the open enrollment program according to the following administrative policy provisions and in accordance with Utah Code § 53G-6-402 and 403 (2018):

  • Open Enrollment/Permit Process
    1. Students who wish to attend a school other than their resident school may file a request for an open enrollment transfer (permit) at the school they desire to attend.  Applications are submitted online through the District website.   (Available on December 3rd.)
    2. Permit requests will be approved subject to the conditions as outlined in the document "School Permit Procedures". This document shall be reviewed annually by the Board of Education.
  • Accepting Permit Students
    The school administrator of the requested school shall accept the transferring student subject to the conditions set forth in document "School Permit Procedures" and subject to the following:

    1. Space, staff, and programs are available to accommodate the student.
    2. The District shall not be required to provide any program that it has not previously provided to its own students. If the District does not offer a program that the student requires, that fact shall be considered in reviewing the student's application.
    3. The student has not committed serious infractions of the law or school rules, including rules of the requested school/District.
    4. The student has not been guilty of chronic misbehavior that would, if it were to continue after the student was admitted, endanger persons or property, cause serious disruptions in the school, or place unreasonable burdens on school staff.
    5. The school administrator may allow provisional enrollment of a nonresident student with prior behavior problems when conditions have been set under which the student would be permitted to enroll or continue.
    6. Standards may not include previous academic performance (i.e. test scores, grades), athletic or other extra-curricular ability
  • Permits for Students with Disabilities

    The student may be considered for enrollment if all of the following criteria are met:

    1. The student can be served on the current staffing pattern in the Special Education Department without the addition of staff or services.
    2. The addition does not exceed the school’s existing caseload capacity.
    3. Space is available at the school and in the student’s grade level.
  • Duration of Permit
    1. Students who are granted transfer requests shall be permitted to remain enrolled in a school subject to compliance with the same rules and standards as resident students, without renewed applications in subsequent years unless one of the following occurs:
      1. The student graduates
      2. The student is no longer a Utah resident
      3. The student is suspended or expelled from school
      4. The District determines that enrollment within the school will exceed the school’s open enrollment threshold.
    2. Students who are granted transfer requests are obligated to remain at the requested school for at least one school year.
  • Transportation
    The parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student shall arrange for the student’s transportation to and from school.
  • Appeals

    The parents(s)/legal guardian(s) shall be notified of the right to appeal the decision of the school administrator to the Board of Education.

  • Related Documents
  • Permit Procedures file_pdf
  • Enrollments for School Choice file_pdf

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