Parent/Guardian Responsibilities

Open Enrollment

File Application(s) According to Deadlines

  • File the Application Form with resident and receiving district for students who want to open enroll for the current school year.
  • File the Application Form with resident and receiving district on or before March 1 of the school year prior to the open enrollment year.
  • Good Cause File the application form with both districts by September 1 if good cause applies because of a change in the student’s residence or change in status of the resident district or nonpublic school of attendance after March 1 of the prior school year.
  • Kindergarten Students – File the application form with both districts by September 1 of the school year in which open enrollment is requested if the application is for a kindergarten student.

General Information

  • Requesting a Specific School – A specific school may be requested with the understanding the district doesn’t have to honor the request. Building assignments will be reviewed each year following registration.
  • Transportation – Parent/guardians must provide transportation. To learn if you meet economic eligibility requirements, apply with resident district for transportation assistance.
  • Changing Receiving District (district open enrolling to) – File a petition with the receiving district by March 1 of the prior school year.
  • Change of Residence – Notify both districts if there is a change in the residence of the student during the open enrollment period.

Terminating Open Enrollment

  • If terminating the open enrollment, notify both districts involved in writing.

Appeal Process if Denied

  • If open enrollment is denied by either the resident or receiving district, the parent/guardian may appeal to the State Board of Education if the request is due to repeated acts of harassment or if the child has a serious health condition that the resident district cannot adequately address. All other appeals must be made to an Iowa District Court.

Contact Us

Peggy Epstein
Superintendent Secretary
Learning Resource Center
3550 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50265
(515) 633-5025

Siblings

Approval for one child in a family does not guarantee approval for other children in the same family. Each child in a family must have an open enrollment request filed for him/her.