OPTION ENROLLMENT PROGRAM
Student participation in the option enrollment program will be determined by the reasons and guidelines stated below as well as those in statute and Nebraska Department of Education rules. Capacity and program availability determine when option enrollment “in” the Norfolk Public Schools is closed. Guidelines will be prepared by the Superintendent and presented to the Board for adoption on or before at its regular April meeting.
The Associate Superintendent of Student Services will approve and assign any elementary option student to a building that has fewer than 25 students per classroom in grades 1-4. Capacity is determined in April, based on enrollment predictions for the following school year.
District capacity limits for Special Education programs have been set at a level equivalent to the minimum number of students allowed into the Special Education program, as defined in 92 NAC-51, section 005.
Once capacity and program availability have been “closed,” student attrition shall not create option enrollment vacancies during the school year unless the Board of Education waives the “closed” status and considers applications on an individual basis. An exception to the “closed” status is available to students who change to a residence outside their home district at anytime during the year, including the summer months, but are enrolled in the Norfolk Schools as a resident or option student for the immediate two (2) years preceding the date the application for option enrollment is made. Another exception to the “closed” status is available to option enrollment applicants who have siblings enrolled in the Norfolk Public Schools. These students will be accepted as option enrollment students if they apply and are released from their new resident school district.
Link to Nebraska Department of Education Enrollment Option Program