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Enrollment Information

To enroll in a school in the District, the child must either

  1. be a resident of the District, as residency is defined in this handbook,

  2. meet the criteria outlined in the District’s policy for homeless students,

  3. meet the criteriaoutlined in the District’s policy for foster children, or

  4. be accepted as a transfer student in accordance with District policies.

 

The district shall make no attempt to ascertain the immigration status, legal or illegal, of any student or his/her parent or legal guardian presenting for enrollment.


Kindergarten
Any child may enter kindergarten if they will attain the age of five (5) on or before August 1 of the year in which they seek enrollment. Documentation of the student’s date of birth is required prior to enrollment. The sole exception to the minimum kindergarten age requirement is as follows: any student who has been enrolled in a state-accredited or state-approved kindergarten program in another state for at least sixty (60) days, who will become five (5) years old during the year in which he or she is enrolled in kindergarten, and who meets the basic residency requirements for school attendance may be enrolled in kindergarten upon written request to the District.

 


First Grade
Any child who will be six (6) years of age on or before October 1 of the school year of enrollment and who has not completed a state-accredited kindergarten program shall be evaluated by the district and may be placed in the first grade if the results of the evaluation justify placement in the first grade and the child’s parent or legal guardian agrees with placement in the first grade; otherwise, the child shall be placed in kindergarten. Any child may enter first grade if the child will attain the age of six (6) years during the school year in which the child is seeking enrollment, and the child has successfully completed a kindergarten program in a public school in Arkansas. The sole exception to the minimum first grade age requirement is as follows: any child who has been enrolled in the first grade in a state-accredited or state-approved elementary school in another state for a period of
at least sixty (60) days, who will become age six (6) years old during the school year in which he/she is enrolled in first grade, and who meets the basic residency requirements for school attendance may be enrolled in the first grade.


Placement
The Camden Fairview School District is dedicated to the best total and continuous development of each student. The professional staff is expected to place students at the grade level best suited to them academically, socially, and emotionally. Children are assigned to classes which are as equally balanced as possible according to sex and race. Students will normally progress annually from grade to grade. Exceptions may be made when, in the judgment of professional staff, it is in the best educational interest of the students involved. Exceptions will be made after prior communications and consultation with each student’s parents, but the final decision will rest with the school authorities.


Students who move into the District from an accredited school will be enrolled at the grade level and with the course credits indicated by the records of the previous school (mid-year transfers) or as they would have been assigned in their previous school. Any grades, course credits, and/or promotions received by a student while enrolled in the Division of Youth Services system of education shall be considered transferable in the same manner
as those grades, course credits, and promotions from other accredited Arkansas public educational entities.

Students transferring from a school that is not accredited by the state department of education or home school will initially be assigned to their age-appropriate group and evaluated. Any student transferring from home school or a school that is not accredited by the Department of Education to a District school shall be evaluated by District staff to determine the student’s appropriate grade placement. If requested by parents or school personnel for students in grades 1-8, an academic assessment will be conducted to determine whether that assignment should be modified. The final assignment will be the responsibility of the building principal.

 

Requirements for Admission

Prior to the child’s admission to a District school:

  1. The parent, guardian, or other responsible person shall furnish the child’s social security number, or if they request, the district will assign the child a nine (9) digit number designated by the department of education. This number cannot be changed once it has been entered into the school’s database.

  2. The parent, guardian, or other responsible person shall provide the district with one (1) of the following documents indicating the child’s age:

    • a. A birth certificate;

    • A statement by the local registrar or a county recorder certifying the child’s date of birth

    • An attested baptismal certificate

    • A passport

    • An affidavit of the date and place of birth by the child’s parent or guardian

    • United States military identification

    • Previous school records.

  3. The parent/guardian or other responsible person shall indicate on school registration forms whether the child has been expelled from school in any other school district or is party of an expulsion proceeding. The Board of Education reserves the right, after a hearing before the School Board, not to allow any person who has been expelled from another school district to enroll as a student until the time of the person’s expulsion has expired.

  4. The child shall be age appropriately immunized from poliomyelitis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, red (rubeola) measles, rubella, and other diseases as designated by the State Board of Health, or have an exemption issued by the Arkansas Department of Health. Proof of immunization shall be by a certificate of a licensed physician or a public health department acknowledging the immunization. Exemptions are also possible on an annual basis for religious reasons from the Arkansas Department of Health. To continue such exemptions, they must be renewed at the beginning of each school year. A child enrolling in a district school and living in the household of a person on active military duty has 30 days to receive his/her initial required immunizations and 12 months to be up to date on the required immunizations for the student’s age.

  5. The parent, guardian, or other responsible person must submit the child’s Medicaid card (if applicable). 6. A student enrolled in the District who has an immunization exemption may be removed from school during an outbreak of the disease for which the student is not vaccinated at the discretion of the Arkansas Department of Health. The student may not return to school until the outbreak has been resolved and the student’s return to school is approved by the Arkansas Department of Health