Mount Vernon Community School District is a great place to learn, grow, and achieve! Parents and guardians considering the use of open enrollment to enroll their child(ren) in the Mount Vernon Community School District from another public school district should be aware of the following information from the Iowa Department of Education website:
House File (HF) 2589 eliminates the March 1 deadline for open enrollment. This change allows parents/guardians to apply for open enrollment at any time without the need for good cause. The receiving district may deny an open enrollment request if one of the following applies:
- The application violates the district’s insufficient classroom space policy,
- The district does not have the appropriate special education program,
- The application would adversely affect the district’s implementation of a court-ordered desegregation plan, or
- The student has been expelled or suspended.
If a parent/guardian moves and wishes for their student to continue at the original resident district under open enrollment (often known as the “continuation rule”), requests cannot be denied due to insufficient classroom space policies.
Parents are responsible for transporting children open enrolled. This applies to all students, including those with an IEP. As a general rule, if the need for transportation as a related service is stated in the IEP, the parent is responsible for this obligation under open enrollment.
The Mount Vernon School District does provide 4 pick-up/drop-off locations for students who are open enrolled into the district. Parents may meet a bus at one of the pick-up/drop-off locations for their student(s) to ride a Mount Vernon bus to school.
If a child open enrolls to a district that is contiguous (borders) to the home district, and the parents’ income meets economic eligibility requirements, the family may receive a stipend for transportation or be provided transportation by the district. Income verification must be provided to the resident district.
Students that open enroll in grades 9 through 12 shall not be eligible to participate in varsity contests and competitions during the first 90 school days of the transfer. 281-IAC 17.8(2)
In the circumstance of a student transferring from a school in another state/country or from one IHSAA-member school to another, the transfer rules and regulations may apply or initially limit sport participation. For complete eligibility information, see the IHSAA Handbook.