PCSSD - 4.59P Academic Course Attendance by Private School and Home School Students

4.59P Academic Course Attendance by Private School and Home School Students

The District allows private school and home school students whose parents, legal guardians, or other responsible adult with whom the student resides are residents of the District to attend academic courses offered in grades 7-12. The District will place a list of courses that a private school or home school student may request to attend on its website by:

  1. June 1 for courses to be offered during the Fall semester; and
  2. November 1 for courses to be offered during the Spring semester.

A private school or home school student who desires to attend one or more of the available academic courses shall submit a written request to attend the academic course to the superintendent, or designee, no later than:

  1. August 1 for Fall semester courses; or
  2. December 1 for Spring semester courses.

The District may reject a private school or home school student’s request for attendance if the District’s acceptance would:

  • Require the addition of staff or classrooms;
  • Exceed the capacity of a program, class, grade level, or school building;
  • Cause the District to provide educational services the District does not currently provide; or
  • Cause the District to be out of compliance with applicable laws and regulations regarding desegregation.

Requests to attend an academic course will be granted in the order the requests are received. Upon the receipt of a private or home school student’s request to attend academic course(s), the District will date and time stamp the request for attendance. If a private school or home school student is denied attendance based on a lack of capacity and an opening in the requested course occurs prior to the start of the course, the District will use the date and time stamp on the request for attendance to determine the private school or home school student who will be notified of an opening in the requested course.

As part of the request to attend academic courses in the District, a private school or home school student shall:

  • Indicate the course(s) the private school or home school student is interested in attending;
  • If the course(s) the private school or home school student is interested in attending is being offered by the District in both a physical and a digital format, whether the private school or home school student intends to attend the physical course or the digital course;
  • Agree to follow the District’s discipline policies; and
  • Submit immunization documentation required by Policy 4.57  Immunizations. In addition to the documentation methods provided in Policy 4.57, a home school student may submit a letter to the superintendent, or designee, stating an objection to immunizations and listing the immunizations the student has received, if any.

A private school or home school student who fails to attend an academic course by the eleventh (11) day of class shall be dropped from the course.

The responsibility for transportation of any private school or home school student attending academic courses in the District shall be borne by the student or the student’s parents.

The District follows Arkansas Athletics’ Association rules and regulations regarding eligibility requires for Home-schooled students.

 

Cross References:    

  • 4.6—Home-schooling
  • 4.57-- Immunizations

Legal References:  

  • A.C.A. § 6-15-509
  • A.C.A. § 6-18-232
  • A.C.A. § 6-18-702
  • A.C.A. § 6-47-401 et seq.
  • ACT 1469 of 2013 Participation of Home-schooled Students in Interscholastic Activities (Tim Tebow Law)
  • ADE Rules Governing Distance and Digital Learning
  • ADE Rules Governing Kindergarten Through 12th Grade Immunization Requirements in Arkansas Public Schools

Date Adopted:  12/13/17