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AS66 – Non-Resident and Charter School Enrollment

  • Effective: 5/17/1983
  • Revision: 2/22/2022

  1. Board Directive
    The Board recognizes that non-resident students and charter school students residing in Jordan School District may at times request to be enrolled in the schools of the Jordan District.  The District Administration is therefore authorized to enroll non-resident students, foreign students and charter school students according to the provisions of the following administrative policy, and in accordance with Utah Code §53G-6-302 through 53G-6-404, 53G-6-503, 53G-6-702 through 53G-6-707 and Utah Administrative Code R277-438, R277-494 and R277-612.
  2. Administrative Policy
    The following administrative policy provisions shall be followed in providing for Jordan District enrollment of non-resident students and charter school students who reside in Jordan District.  Students who have previously graduated from high school or equivalent, have exceeded age appropriate placement, or whose class has graduated will not be eligible for enrollment.

    1. In-State District Reciprocity
      1. A student's legal residence is the domicile of the student's custodial legal guardian.
      2. Students from another district may attend District schools following the procedures and expectations outlined in Policy AS93 – Open Enrollment/School Choice.
      3. Students must be prepared to abide by the rules and policies of the school and the District.
      4. The student shall be placed as appropriate based on the documented enrollment history provided by the previous school or district.
      5. Charges, if any, for enrolling students from another district are to be arranged with the school districts involved.
    2. Foreign Immigrant Students
      1. Students whose most recent school enrollment was in a foreign country shall be enrolled in their age-appropriate grade in the Jordan School District.
      2. After enrollment, parents or guardians may request retention or acceleration following the process in Policy AS 64 – Student Retention and Acceleration.
      3. Students who have graduated from or otherwise completed a high school program or its equivalent in a foreign country are not eligible for enrollment in the District.
    3. Foreign Non-Immigrant Students
      1. The Board and District administration shall not authorize enrollment for any foreign non-immigrant students if any part of the enrollment would violate the laws, regulations, or guidelines of the United States or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
      2. Foreign non-immigrant students are eligible for graduation from District high schools provided they meet current Utah graduation requirements.
        1. Students must provide official transcripts to receive credit for courses taken in their home country. As credits may not exactly transfer, make-up credits may be required. Students are responsible for the time and expense of make-up credits.
        2. Foreign non-immigrant students who choose not to graduate but complete their 12th grade year in a District school may be recognized by school administration during graduation ceremonies.
      3. Foreign non-immigrant students entering the United States on an F-1 or J-1 visa may be enrolled in the District following the guidelines below:
        1. For students entering the United States on an F-1 visa:
          1) Enrollment will only be allowed in years when the District is authorized by the DHS to issue Form I-20 documents.
          2) Application for original or transferred enrollment must be made prior to July 1 of each year.
          a) Applications must meet all requirements of and provide all
          documentation required by both the DHS and the District.
          b) Applications must include full payment of the per capita cost of tuition |
          and a non-refundable processing fee (as described on the Planning &
          Enrollment website) plus any required school fees. Per DHS
          requirements, payment of tuition and fees may not be waived or paid in
          installments.
          3) The requested enrollment must be for in-person instruction in grades 10-12 for no more or less than one academic year.
        2. For students entering the United States on a J-1 visa:
          1) Enrollment will be allowed each year that allocations of J-1 student funds are made by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). The number of allocations given to the District by USBE represent the cap on J-1 foreign non-immigrant student enrollment.
          2) Application for original or transferred enrollment must be made prior to July 1 of each year under the following guidelines:
          a) Applications must meet all requirements of and provide all documentation required by both the United States Department of State and the District.
          b) The requested enrollment must be for in-person instruction in grades 10-12 for no more or less than one academic year in one of the following circumstances:

          1. The student is sponsored by an agency approved by the Board of Education, or
          2. The student is sponsored by an agency approved by the Board of Education and enrolls under a one-for-one exchange with a current resident student in a District high school.
            c) Allocations from USBE for J-1 foreign non-immigrant students provide reimbursement to the District for the tuition costs associated with enrollment. When USBE allocations or monies are reduced or not available, the District may, at its discretion:

            1. Withdraw any previously approved enrollment authorizations, Require payment of tuition by J-1 foreign non-immigrant students, or
            2. Grant tuition waivers upon application from the J-1 foreign non-immigrant student or host family.
              1. Tuition waivers are only available to students who otherwise qualify for enrollment in the District.
              2. The number of available waivers will be reviewed regularly by District administration.
              3. Exceptions or denied waiver applications may be appealed to the Board of Education by the host family.
                d) The District may enroll a J-1 foreign non-immigrant student who does not qualify for state monies and pay the tuition costs of the student with other District funds or charge the student the current per capita cost of tuition.
        3. All foreign exchange students work through Planning & Enrollment in Student Services and should not be enrolled at the local school without authorization.
        4. Registration and participation/class fees outlined in AA408 – Fees still apply.
      4. All foreign exchange and foreign students must be approved for enrollment by the Board in an open meeting of the Board.
    4. Non-Utah Residents
      1. Non-Utah residents will be charged a per capita cost unless
        1. Such tuition is waived by the Board in an open meeting of the Board, or
        2. The student qualifies for resident enrollment under item 3 below
      2. The following criteria shall be used to determine fees for non-Utah residents:
        1. The base figure will be the same cost determined to educate a student in Jordan District that was computed two school years previous.
        2. The increase in the Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU) during the past two (2) years will be added to the cost derived in D.2.a.
        3. If the student is to receive or chooses to participate in programs of the District that are heavily subsidized by state or local funding (i.e., Special Education, CTE, Dual Immersion, International Baccalaureate, etc.), the amount charged will be increased by the average cost per student of that program.
      3. The following criteria will be applied to determine if the student will not be charged a tuition fee (§53G-6-302):
        1. The student’s presence in the District is not for the primary purpose of attending school.
        2. The student’s physical, mental, moral, or emotional health would best be served by considering the student to be a resident for school purposes.
        3. The student is prepared to abide by the rules and policies of the school and the District in which attendance is sought.
        4. The student resides with a responsible adult who is a resident of the District, and:
          1) Has been appointed guardian by a court of jurisdiction; or
          2) Is the student’s noncustodial parent, grandparent, brother, sister, uncle, or aunt; and
          3) Is designated as the student’s custodian in a durable power of attorney issued by the party who has legal custody of the student that grants the custodian full authority for educational or medical services in the interest of the student.
          4) Is married or an emancipated minor.
        5. Enrollment granted under D.3.d.(2) shall require a durable power of attorney.
      4. Non-resident and foreign students require authorization from Planning & Enrollment in Student Services prior to enrolling at the local school.
    5. Resident Charter School Students
      1. A student’s legal residence is the domicile of the student’s custodial parent or legal guardian.
      2. Resident students attending a charter school may attend Jordan School District schools as follows (§53G-6-503):
        1. Resident students attending a charter school may attend their school of residence the following school year if written notification of intent to enroll in the school of residence is submitted to the school no later than June 30 of the current year.
        2. After June 30 or during the school year, resident students enrolled in a charter school may attend their school of residence if there is space available, or a school other than their school of residence by following the procedures outlined in this policy and in Policy AS93—Open Enrollment School Choice.
        3. Charter school students may participate in extra-curricular or co-curricular activities at their school of residence by following the procedures outlined in this policy, the Student Services Manual, and Policy AA447 – Out-of-District Student Enrollment.