Written by Theresa Rose on February 13, 2018


The Board of Directors of the Mount Pleasant Community School District will take action on the following policy at its next regular board meeting.


Board Policy Series 500  –  Student Personnel   AND the following two policies:

501.2                Entrance Requirements-Evidence of Age


A pupil shall not be admitted to kindergarten unless the pupil is five years of age on or before the fifteenth day of September of the current year.


A pupil shall not be admitted to the first grade unless the pupil is six years of age on or before the fifteenth day of September of the current year.


A birth certificate or other satisfactory evidence of age shall be required of each pupil entering school in this district for the first time.


Add the following paragraph:


Prior to enrollment, the child must provide the administration with his/her health and immunization certificate.  Failure to provide this information within the time period set by the superintendent is reason for suspension, expulsion or denying admission to the student.


Legal Reference:  (Code of Iowa)  Chapter 282.3


Date of Adoption:  January 23, 1973

Reviewed:  March 9, 1992; Dec.  3, 2001; Jan. 9, 2006; Dec. 13, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014





The school district will participate in open enrollment as a receiving district.  As a receiving district, the board will allow nonresident students, who meet the legal requirements, to open enroll into the school district.  The board will have complete discretion to determine the attendance center of the students attending the school district under open enrollment.


Open Enrollment applications must be filed by March 1st   in the school year preceding the first year desired for open enrollment.  The superintendent will approve all timely filed applications by June 30; incoming kindergarten applications filed by September 1; good cause application and continuation of an educational program application.


The superintendent will notify the sending school district and parents within 10 days of the school district’s action to approve or deny the open enrollment request.


Open enrollment requests into the school district will not be approved if insufficient classroom space exists.  Open enrollment requests into the school district will also not be approved for students who have been suspended or expelled by the administration or the board of the school district the student is or was attending until the student has been reinstated into the school district from which the student was suspended or expelled.  Once the student is reinstated, the student’s open enrollment request will be considered in the same manner as other open enrollment requests provided the required timelines are met.


Open enrollment requests into the school district that, if denied, would result in students from the same nuclear family being enrolled in different school districts, will be given highest priority.  The board, in its discretion, may waive the insufficient classroom space reason for denial for students of the same nuclear family to prevent the division of a nuclear family between two school districts.  Other open enrollment requests into the school district are considered in the order received by the school district with the first open enrollment request given a higher priority than the second open enrollment request and so forth.


Generally, students in grades nine through twelve open enrolling into the school district will not be eligible for participation in interscholastic athletics, at the varsity level, during the first ninety days of open enrollment into the school district.


Add the following paragraph:


An open enrollment request into the school district from parents of a special education student is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.  The determining factors for approval of such an open enrollment request will be whether the special education program available in the school district is appropriate for the student’s needs and whether the enrollment of the special education student will cause the class size to exceed the maximum allowed.  The area education agency director of special education serving the school district will determine whether the program is appropriate.  The special education student will remain in the sending district until the final determination is made.



Parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from the receiving school district without reimbursement unless the parents qualify for transportation assistance.  Upon a parent’s request, the board may approve transportation into the sending district.  The board’s approval is subject to the sending district’s approval.



Date of Adoption:  August 14, 1989

Reviewed:  March 9, 1992; Dec. 3, 2001; January 9, 2006; Dec. 13, 2010; Aug. 11, 2014

Amended:  January 14, 2002; January 10, 2010



Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 139A.8; 274.1; 279.11; 282.1, .3, .8, .18; 299.1 (2009).

281 I.A.C. 17.

1990 Op. Att’y Gen. 75.




Written comments may be sent to Superintendent John Henriksen, 1010 East Washington Street, Suite 102, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa  52641.