5150 - School Admissions


Adoption Date: 10/12/2000, Revised: 3/20/2014; 11/13/2014, 2/12/15 
5000 - Students

5150 School Admissions

The District shall provide a public education to all persons residing in the District between the ages of five and twenty-one who have not received a high school diploma. The District requires that the child become five years of age on or before December 1 of the school year he or she begins school.

A veteran of any age who has not yet received his/her high school diploma and who has been discharged under conditions other than dishonorable is eligible to attend school.

A non-veteran under twenty-one years of age who has received a high school diploma shall be permitted to attend school or BOCES upon payment of tuition.

Upon registration, all new students shall be required to present:

1.    Proof of age – examples of acceptable forms of documentation include, but are not limited to , a birth certificate, baptismal record, an entry in a family bible, an adoption record, an affidavit from a parent/guardian, or a passport (including a foreign passport);

2.    Record of immunizations* and a health certificate from a licensed physician; and

3.    Proof of District residency – examples of acceptable forms of documentation include, but are not limited to, a pay stub, income tax form, mortgage or lease documents to a house or apartment, telephone or utility bills or other bills sent to the student’s home address, rent payment receipts, a copy of a money order for payment of rent, a letter from a parent’s employer that is written on company letterhead, voter registration document or a state- or other government-issued ID.

*Regulations that accompany policy 5420, Student Health Services, provide additional guidance regarding immunization records.

If the parent/guardian of a student seeking to enroll is limited English proficient, the District will meaningfully communicate material information about enrollment as required by federal law. The District will provide parents/guardians of all newly enrolled students with appropriate information including student handbooks and information about access to special education services.

Policy References:
Education Law §§903; 904; 3202; 3208; 4402(8)
Public Health Law §2164
Student Registration Guidance, New York State Department of Education, August 26, 2010
Educational Services for Recently Arrived Unaccompanied Children, New York State Education Department, September 10, 2014 
Information on the Rights of All Children to Enroll in School, U.S. Departments of Education and Justice, Revised May 8, 2014
Fact Sheet I and II: Information on the Rights of All Children to Enroll in School, http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-201405.pdf
Phyler v. Doe 457 US 202 (1982)

Policy Cross References:
 » 5151 - Homeless Children
 » 5420 - Student Health Services