Principals and teachers are expected to check home addresses of pupils carefully to be sure that pupils are residents of the school district and are in the proper school building. All requests for exceptions to boundaries are to be submitted to the Associate Superintendent of Student Services on the appropriate application form. Boundary exceptions are reviewed and approved prior to school beginning, once the enrollment in each building has been confirmed.
Criteria for acceptance:
1) Open enrollment in grades requested
a) Will be moving into subdistrict
b) Moved out of subdistrict and desires to remain in original school
3) Sibling already enrolled in the school
Criteria for denial:
1) Enrollment - if class has reached maximum size, boundary exception application may be denied
2) Revocation due to habitual tardiness or absence
3) Special Needs--Special Education or English as a Second Language classes
4) Ongoing or reoccurring discipline issues
Classroom enrollment caps are set at 24 students for kindergarten and at 30 students for grades 1-4. If the class size reaches 5 less than the maximum limit for any classroom, no boundary exceptions will be approved.
Boundary exceptions are based on active participation. In other words, if you have a child who attended a Boundary school one to two years ago, that doesn’t mean that their brother or sister, who will start in the current school year or later, will be automatically accepted. This approval will be dictated by the number of registered students for that grade level in that building.
One Boundary Exception will be granted to a family unless the family moves and the new residence is in another Norfolk Elementary School boundary. Then the family may apply for a new Boundary Exception.
The school retains the right to reassign/revoke or deny any Boundary Exception for students or families through the provisions set forth in the Student Rights and Responsibilities for Norfolk Public Schools should discipline/tardiness/absence problems persist. These provisions may not apply to students who require English as a Second Language or Special Education programs.