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South Dakota Open Enrollment Information


13-28-44. Standards for acceptance or rejection of application to enroll. Each school district by November 1, 1997, shall by resolution adopt relevant standards for the acceptance and rejection of an application to enroll in the district under the provision of §§13-28-40 to 13-28-47, inclusive. The board shall adopt standards through official board action, set them forth in writing and make them available to any individual upon receiving an oral or written request. Standards shall be limited to the capacity of a program, class, grade level, and school building operated by the board and the pupil/teacher ratio. Discrimination based on race, gender, religious affiliation, or disability is prohibited. If two or more children from a family residing in the same household must enroll in different school districts as the result of a board's denial of an application to transfer from a resident district or enroll in a nonresident district under the provisions of §§ 13-28-40 to 13-28-47, inclusive, neither the resident board nor the nonresident board my deny the application. However, two or more children from a family residing in the same household who are eligible for kindergarten through twelfth grade may open enroll only, if pursuant to §13-28-42.1, the nonresident district can provide an appropriate instructional program and facilities, including transportation, for the child in need of special education or special education and related services. If the nonresident district cannot meet the provisions of §13-28-42.1 for the child in need of special education or special education and related services, the nonresident district may deny that child's application for open enrollment.

13-28-47.1. Return of a student to resident school district or assigned school--Notice. If, after the conclusion of a school year, a student enrolled under the provisions of §§ 13-28-40 to 13-28-47, inclusive, wishes to return to the student's resident school district or assigned school, the student's parent or legal guardian shall, or if the student is emancipated, the student shall notify the affected school board or boards of the student's intent to return to the resident school district or previously assigned school on forms provided by the Department of Education. The student's parent or legal guardian shall, or if the student is emancipated, the student shall notify the affected school board or boards of the students intent to re-enroll in the resident school district or previously assigned school no later that August first. However, if the affected school board or boards determine that special circumstances exist, a student may be allowed to transfer to the student's resident school district or assigned school after the deadline.

The parent or guardian of the open enrolled student is responsible for transporting the student without reimbursement. However, either the admitting or the home district MAY agree to provide transportation.

If you should have further questions please feel free to call the Lennox School District Administrative Office at 605-647-2203.