The board expects the administrative procedures for the admission of students to be designed in such a fashion that enrollment is handled expeditiously and with the least possible inconvenience to both parents and students. The enrolling school administrator shall enter on the student’s permanent record the student’s legal name, birth date, grade and the name, address and telephone number of his/her lawful custodian(s). Any unusual custody circumstances shall be explained and updated insofar as possible.
First Time Enrollments (Rev. 9-16-10)
The parents and/or guardians of any student, grades kindergarten through 12, enrolling in the district for the first time, shall furnish a copy of the student’s birth certificate (sealed), proof of required immunizations, parent picture identification, proof of residency, and legal custody papers, if applicable.
In order to obtain an estimate of the number of students who are expected to be enrolled in school during the following year, a pre-enrollment period shall be scheduled annually during the spring months. A reporting date for resident students who were pre-enrolled during the previous spring shall be scheduled in August of each year.
Resident Students Who Move From District (Rev. 9/16/10)
Students of any grade enrolled for the first official count date in September can finish the school year in the district but then must be enrolled and attend their school of residence the following year.
Since schools are maintained for the primary benefit of the residents of the district, non-resident students may be admitted only to the extent that staff, facilities, equipment and supplies are available, and only upon board approval . A student will not normally be admitted to the district who is under suspension or expulsion from another district or who has voluntarily withdrawn from school in another district due to poor academic performance or for disciplinary reasons.
- Schools of Choice (Rev. 4/3/04, 9/16/10) (Cf. AD-R)
Annually, the board shall decide which schools will participate in transfers and Section 105 Schools of Choice for the following school year. The specific number of Schools of Choice openings will be designated by the Administration not to exceed 5% of the most recent September count in any individual school. Schools of Choice enrollment decisions will occur after all in-district transfer requests submitted by March 1 have been completed.
- Exceptions (Rev. 9/16/10)
The following students may attend schools within the district:
- Students who have completed their junior year (eleventh grade) in a district high school and whose parent(s), legal guardian(s) or relative guardian(s) move from the district may complete their senior year (twelfth grade) in the district high school.
- Students whose parent(s), legal guardian(s) or relative guardian(s) present a valid purchase agreement or construction agreement indicating the purchase or construction of a residence in the district may attend school in the district.
- The right to attend school in the district shall exist or continue only when the superintendent, in his/her sole discretion, determines that occupancy of the home to be purchased or constructed will commence within a reasonable time, which time shall be stated in the enrollment authorization. If occupancy of the residence does not commence within the time provided in the enrollment authorization or any extension thereof by the superintendent, the student’s parent(s), legal guardian(s) or relative guardian(s) shall be obligated to the district for the maximum amount of tuition permitted under current law without regard to any lesser amount which may have been established by the board.
- Students whose parent(s), legal guardian(s) or relative guardian(s) are current, regular employees of the district may attend school in the district.
- The employee must contact the office of student services, annually, to initiate the request.
- The building principal has the right to approve or deny the request based upon enrollment numbers.
- Employees cannot request buildings that are “closed” to transfers.
In all of the above cases, it is the responsibility of the parent(s), legal guardian(s) or relative guardian(s) to provide transportation for the student if the residence of the student does not coincide with a regularly established bus run of the district.
- All other students who attend school in the district must be legal residents of the district as determined by current Michigan School Laws. They must meet one of the following requirements:
- Be residing with their parent(s), legal guardian(s) or relative guardian(s) within the district;
- Be placed in a licensed home within the district by a court or by a child-placing agency;
- Be placed in a licensed home within the district or the home of a relative within the district for the purpose of securing a suitable home and not for an educational purpose;
- Be 18 years of age and reside within the district;
- Be an emancipated minor and reside within the district; or
- Be a foreign exchange student and a member of an approved foreign exchange program who holds a visa from the Immigration and Naturalization Service of the United States and reside within the district.
- In certain circumstances, a child who is“homeless“ within the meaning of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 11431 et seg. may be eligible to attend Walled Lake Consolidated School District.
The board places a high priority on the education of students who are homeless. In the event of suspicion that a student may be homeless, the family will be directed to the district McKinney-Vento liaison or designee for information regarding the enrollment options and educational opportunities and support services available for their child, if applicable.
Any exceptions to the above must be reviewed by the Board of Education.
Resident Student Attendance in Another District
The mission of the Walled Lake Consolidated School District is intended to apply to all students within its jurisdiction. Since it is both the responsibility and privilege of the Walled Lake Consolidated School District to educate all of its students to that level, a student’s foundation grant shall not be released to another public school district. Exceptions to this policy may be made by the superintendent as stated in the accompanying regulations (JBC-R-2 ). The decision of the superintendent shall be final.
Assignment to Schools (Cf. AD) (Rev. 9/16/10)
Attendance areas will be established for each attendance center in the district. The school attendance area maps are available on the district website.
Assignment to Classes
To the extent possible, class assignments will be made in such a way as to give each student the greatest freedom of choice consistent with the student’s interests and abilities.
Immunization of Students and Vision Testing
All kindergarten students and other students registering for the first time in the district shall present to school officials, at the time of registration, but not later than the first day of school, a certificate of immunization or statement of exemption under Section 9215 of the Public Health Code. A student shall not be permitted to enter or attend school unless a certificate indicating that a minimum of one dose of an immunizing agent against each of the diseases specified by the Department of Public Health has been received and certified to by a health professional or local health department. A student registered with only these minimum doses of immunizing agents shall present an updated certificate of immunization within four months after initial attendance showing that the immunizations have been completed as prescribed by the Department of Public Health.
The parent or guardian of each enrolling child shall submit a statement signed by a district, county or city health department director stating that the child has passed the department of public health preschool vision screening test, or signed by a licensed medical or osteopathic physician, or a licensed optometrist stating that the child’s eyes have been examined during the preschool years after age 3 and before initial entrance. A vision test is not required if there is a statement signed by a parent or guardian to the effect that the child cannot be subjected to the test because of religious convictions.
The board shall place a very high priority on the eradication of preventable diseases among students through an adequate program of immunization, and authorizes the use of district facilities and staff time for this purpose. To accomplish this task the district shall use the model plan developed by the Michigan Department of Education and the Oakland County Department of Public Health for assessing local immunization needs and implementing an immunization program appropriate to those needs.
LEGAL REF: MCL, 380.1177; R 325.1491; R 325.1481; 380.132; 380.248; 380.346;
380.1134-1135; 380.1147-1148; 380.1282-1283; 380.1324; 380.1401;
380.1416; 388.1517-1518; 388.1606; AG Opinion #5112, #5642, #5925, #5995
(P 5250, P 5565)
Adopted: 7/1/93 Revised: 8/15/96, 6/3/99, 5/2/02, 12/3/05, 4/6/06, 9/16/10, 12/9/10