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SCHOOL ADMISSION
Students who apply for enrollment in a Sylacauga City School must attend school in the attendance zone where they reside with a parent or legal guardian as granted by the Talladega County District Court or other appropriate court. It is the parent /guardian's responsibility to provide school officials with verifiable student information and to notify the school immediately in writing of any changes of student information. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in an investigation and appropriate action, i.e. withdrawal of student from school, tuition fee, report to court officials, and/or the Department of Human Resources, etc. All transfer students must be in good disciplinary standing from their previous school(s) with no outstanding suspension or expulsion offenses pending. Sylacauga City Board of Education honors suspensions and expulsion from other official Boards of Education. Students transferring from a non-accredited school will be required to secure an application from the school system and take an achievement test at the local school. If a student scores lower than said grade level, the counselor and principal will place the student appropriately. A non-accredited school is one that has no accreditation by a State Department of Education or a regional accrediting institution (i.e. SACS) including private tutors.
The parent/legal guardians of children enrolling in grades K-12 shall provide the following:
1. Parent/Guardian Picture Identification
2. Birth Certificate
3. Parent/Legal Custodial Documentation
4. Documented Proof of Immunization as required by state law
5. Withdrawal form and transcript from previous school

Proofs of Residence
ALL STUDENTS MUST PROVIDE TWO PROOFS OF RESIDENCE
If the parent or legal guardian cannot provide documentation of legal residence because the parent/legal guardian is living with a relative/friend, a notarized statement by the relative/friend can be accepted by the school with the following
stipulation:
1) Notarized statement must state that the parent/legal guardian and child are living with the relative/friend;
2) Notarized statement must state the name of the relative/friend that is on the relative/friend's proof of legal residence;
3) Notarized statement must state the same address of relative/friend that is on the relative/friend's proof of legal residence;
4) A copy of the relative/friend's proof of legal residence must be attached to the notarized statement; and
5) Notarized statement must be signed by same name of relative/friend that is on the relative/friend's proof of legal residence.

If none of the above is available, then the school may use other documentation to verify residence. A home visit can be made by school staff should there be questionable documentation. All students are subject to home visits by the
Executive Director of Learning Support Services, School Principal, and/or School Resource Officer. All migratory, ELL, and homeless children as defined by the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Act 1987 must have access to the same free appropriate public education, including public preschool education provided to the other children and youth, and will not be denied enrollment regardless of status of legal residence. Pursuant to the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by the Improving America's Schools Act of 1994, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, all homeless, migratory, and ELL children must have equal access to the same free appropriate public education, including public preschool education provided to the other children and youth. This shall be the policy of the Sylacauga City
School System. Such children will be provided the opportunity to meet the same challenging state content and state student performance standards to which all students are held without being stigmatized or isolated. The enrollment of homeless, migrant, and limited English proficient children and youth shall not be denied or delayed due to any of the following barriers:
1) Lack of birth certificate;
2) Lack of school records or transcripts;
3) Lack of immunization or health records;
4) Lack of residency requirements;
5) Lack of transportation;
6) Guardianship or custody requirements. If any disputes arise, we will follow the procedures and guidelines that are found in SCS student code of
conduct.

 

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