Open Enrollment Policies: State Profile

Open Enrollment Policies: State Profile - Utah

Last updated: June 2013. Please contact Emily Workman (303.299.3655 or eworkman@ecs.org) with questions or comments about the database.
 

Open Enrollment Survey 2013
Does the state have a Voluntary Intradistrict Open Enrollment program? N/A
Does the state have a Mandatory Intradistrict Open Enrollment program? YES
Requires districts to admit out-of-attendance area students when enrollment is below the threshold established by the state board. Local boards retain control over rules governing acceptance or rejection of applications within parameters set by legislation and state board.
Does the state have a Voluntary Interdistrict Open Enrollment program? N/A
Does the state have a Mandatory Interdistrict Open Enrollment program? YES
Requires districts to admit out-of-district students when enrollment is below the threshold established by the state board. Local boards retain control over rules governing acceptance or rejection of applications within parameters set by legislation and state board but may allow enrollment even if school operating above open enrollment threshold.
Does the state provide districts “Opt Out” provisions for open enrollment programs? YES
Generally space available but local school boards given power to determine.
Does the state set priorities for districts to follow when accepting students for open enrollment? YES
Local Board of Education standards may include - for elementary, capacity level; maintenance of heterogeneous student populations to avoid violation of constitutional or statutory rights of students; lack of spec ed or other special program capacity; maintenance of reduced class sizes; students willingness to comply with district policies; priority given to intra over inter district transfers. May not include academic, extra-curricular or athletic ability, whether student requires special services, English language proficiency or disciplinary history (unless of serious nature). When changing district boundaries, siblings given priority for transfer so may attend same school.
If district boundaries changed, priority for transfer/stay in enrolled school given to longest enrolled and among those, by lottery system.
Who is responsible for student transportation? With some exceptions, the student's parent or guardian is responsible for arranging for transportation to and from school.
Do desegregation provisions impact open enrollment programs? Not addressed.

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