Open-enrollment policies allow a student to transfer to a public school of his or her choice. There are two basic types of open-enrollment policies.
Depending on the state, open-enrollment policies are mandatory, voluntary, or both.
|Open Enrollment Survey 2017|
|Does the state have open enrollment programs?||Yes, voluntary intradistrict and interdistrict.|
Upon written request of a parent, county boards may transfer students from one school to another with the county. Transfers from one county to another county must be approved by both county boards. Parents may appeal if a sending or receiving county school district refuses a transfer. During the appeals process the state superintendent must consider the following factors:
Citations: W. Va. Code Ann. § 18-5-16, § 18-5-16a W. Va. Code R. 126-185, 126-189
|Do desegregation provisions impact open enrollment programs?||Not addressed.|
|Does the state set priorities for districts to follow when accepting students for open enrollment?||No. However, school districts must consider interdistrict transfer applications from parents due to student travel time or school location.|
Citations: W. Va. Code Ann. § 18-5-16
|Who is responsible for student transportation?||Sending and receiving county boards must determine the method of transportation. Sending county boards are responsible for transportation if the county board has initiatied the transfer plan.|
Citations: W. Va. Code R. 126-189-3