Board approves minor changes to student transfer rule

Board approves minor changes to student transfer rule


The Board of Education this week approved minor changes to the student transfer rule, which provides guidelines that govern when and how students are allowed to attend a school other than the one to which he or she is assigned.

The changes were made to Superintendent%u219s Rule 5126, which establishes criteria for student transfer approvals. The most significant change includes the establishment of a May 1 deadline for all requests.

The Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Department of Student Services determines all transfer requests. Transfer requests must meet criteria, and schools must have adequate space, including in the particular grade and instructional programs. Adequate space in a school is determined by state-rated capacity. Additionally, acceptable requests include those made for a particular academic program not offered at the student's zoned school or for an unusual hardship case. Hardship cases do not include issues common to a large number of families, such as the need for a particular schedule, redistricting, sibling enrollment or typical day care issues.

Requests for transfers, which include approved changes by the Board, will also be accepted from the following:

  • A student who changes residence after the start of the second semester may request to stay at a school for the remainder of the school year. Students who move out of county will be charged tuition.
  • A senior in high school who moves out of the high school zone at any time during the school year may request to complete the school year at their current school. Students who move out of county will be charged tuition.
  • A student whose parent/guardian has entered into a contract to purchase a home within the first quarter of the school year may request a transfer to the zoned school for the prospective home. Verification of occupancy in the new home must be provided by the end of the first quarter to avoid tuition charges and/or removal from the new school.
  • A student whose parent/guardian is a full-time CCPS employee may request a transfer to the elementary, middle or high school zone for that parent/guardian%u219s work location.
  • A student who lives outside of Charles County and whose parent is a full-time CCPS employee may request to enroll in the CCPS elementary, middle or high school zoned for the parent%u219s primary work location.

Students who are transferred to a new high school on or before the first day of school are not eligible for athletics for the entire school year. Students who are transferred to a new high school after the first day of school are not eligible for athletics for one full year, which is determined by the transfer date.

Additionally, students receiving transfers must provide their own transportation to and from school. Approval for all transfers is reviewed annually.

To view additional content outlined in Rule 5126, visit the Board Docs site located on the CCPS website at http://www.boarddocs.com/mabe/ccpsmd/Board.nsf and do a search for Rule 5126.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,700 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 caring community schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

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