Policy JF: School Admissions

All children of school age who reside full-time with a parent or legal guardian in Amherst, in Pelham, or in one of the Regional towns will be entitled to attend the public schools in Amherst, in Pelham, or in the Regional District respectively, as will certain children who do not reside in a town within the school district but who are admitted under School Committee policies relating to non-resident students or by specific action of the School Committee. (See Policy JFAA Enrollment: Non-resident Students and Policy JFABB Enrollment: Admission of Exchange Students.)

In the Amherst and Pelham School Districts, advance registration for prospective kindergarten students will take place each spring. Every student seeking admission to school for the first time must present a birth certificate or equivalent proof of age acceptable to the principal and proof of immunizations as required by the state and the School Committee. (See Policy JLCB Immunization.) Proof of residency and of legal guardianship are required for enrollment.

Children transferring into the school district from other school systems will be referred for grade placement to the school principal. If the grade level classification of the child is doubtful, the principal shall confer with the Superintendent before making permanent assignment. Except in extraordinary circumstances, students will not be assigned to a higher grade until they have spent a full year in their present grade in this school district or other school systems.

LEGAL REF:

MGL 76:1 ; 76:5 ; 76:15 ; 76:15A
603 CMR 8, 26:01 ; 26:02 ; 26:03

Region Voted to Approve: 11/07/06
Amherst Voted to Approve: 11/14/06
Pelham Voted to Approve: 12/14/06
Effective Date: 12/14/06
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