I want to be sure you are aware of some significant changes to interdistrict transfer options for the 2019-2020 school year. These changes will impact and eliminate Open Enrollment transfer requests.
Open Enrollment, enacted by the Oregon Legislature in 2011, created an additional enrollment option for students wishing to transfer between districts. The open enrollment statute contains a sunset provision, effective July 1, 2019.
What this means for districts and students:
- 2018-19 was the last school year for students to transfer through open enrollment.
- Districts should not go through the open enrollment procedure in the spring of 2019 and cannot enroll students through open enrollment in 2019-20.
- Any student who has transferred through open enrollment before the sunset remains a resident of the new district. ORS 339.133 contains language stating that the sunset does not affect the status of a person who transferred through open enrollment prior to the 2019-20 school year.
There will be slots opened up in the Banks School District during the inter-district window, which will be in May. However, it is important to remember that students get the transfer approved by their resident district prior to submitting paperwork to Banks School District.
More to come as the Board of Directors will set Inter-District numbers during the April board meeting.
Banks School District