Full-Time Enrollment


Students must be enrolled in Mitchell Public Schools on a full-time basis. Full-time basis is defined as attending classes for the full instructional day within the public school system.


Exceptions are permitted only for:


1.      enrolled students attending another state accredited institution such as a vocational-technical school or a college or university for school credit;

2.      enrolled students taking the limited number of credits needed to graduate in the school year;

3.      enrolled students in need of modified school attendance as an accommodation for a disability or similar unique circumstance;

4.      enrolled students receiving special education services where the student's IEP requires a modified schedule, or non-enrolled students receiving special education services or other legally mandated services required to be provided to eligible resident children under state and federal laws and regulations;

5.      students from other school districts participating in programs offered by the District pursuant to an interlocal agreement or other arrangement approved by the School Board; and

6.      non-public school students in accordance with the policies and procedures set forth in this policy.


Part-Time Enrollment of Non-Public School Students


The School Board shall allow the part-time enrollment of students who are residents of the school district and who are also enrolled in a private, denominational, or parochial school or in a school which elects pursuant to section 79-1601 not to meet accreditation or approval requirements. Such students are referred to herein as "non-public school students."


The School Board establishes the following guiding principles for enrollment of non-public school students:


1.      The primary school for a non-public school student is the student's private, denominational, parochial or home school.

2.      Enrollment of a non-public school student in Mitchell Public Schools is allowed for the purpose of providing enhanced educational opportunities not otherwise available to the non-public school student. It is not to supplant programming of the student's primary school.



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3.      Non-public school students are not to be given priority over full-time students.

4.      Non-public school students are to be enrolled only in programs or courses that are educationally appropriate for the student.

5.      Enrollment of non-public school students is not to negatively affect the educational services to be provided to full-time students.


The School Board establishes the following specific policies and procedures for enrollment of non-public school students. In the event the specific policies and procedures require interpretation or do not fully resolve an issue, the above established guiding principles are to be considered.


  1. Non-Public School Student Enrollment Application Procedures.


1.      Application. Parent or guardian must submit an Application of Non-Public School Student for Part-Time Enrollment to the principal of the school the student desires to attend.


2.      Deadline for Applications. The application must be received by August 1st preceding the school year the student wishes to enroll.


a.       Change of Residence Exception: The application deadline for a student who becomes a resident of the District after the school year has commenced is: 20 calendar days after the student becomes a resident of the District. The principal may delay enrollment until the next following quarter or semester starts, or at such other time as determined to be educationally appropriate.

b.      High School Course Exception: The application deadline for a student who desires to enroll in a second semester high school course is December 1st.


3.      Action on Applications. The principal will review the application and will notify the parent of the approval or denial of the application within 2 weeks of receipt of the application or 2 weeks prior to the start of school or 2 weeks prior to the start of the next semester, whichever is later.


4.      Appeals. The parent or guardian may appeal the principal's action to deny their application. Any such appeal must be submitted to the Superintendent within 14 calendar days from the date of the principal's action. The appeal shall be in writing and shall be decided on the basis of the written submission. The Superintendent may request the parent or guardian to provide further explanation or information and the appeal may be denied in the event the parent or guardian fails to fully respond on a timely basis. The Superintendent shall decide the appeal within 10 calendar days of the submission of the appeal. The Superintendent may make a decision later than the 10 days in the event good reason for delay exists. Good reason! includes but is not limited to the Superintendent being unable to gather the information the Superintendent determines necessary to make the decision within the decision period.


5.      Annual Applications. Part-time enrollment is determined annually. Application must be made each school year. There will be no guarantee that enrollment will be continued from one year to the next.


  1. Non-Public School Student Admission


1.      Admission Requirements. Students must meet the normal admission requirements. This include the requirements that the student: be a resident of the District, be of school attendance age and not have graduated or have received a GED.


2.      Admission Process. Students must complete the normal enrollment process and forms required by the District and/or the building for enrollment of all children. This includes the requirements relating to: birth certificates, immunizations, physical examinations, and visual evaluations.


  1. Non-Public School Student Enrollment Standards


Maximum Enrollment. Students may not enroll in more than 2 middle school or high school courses during any one semester. Elementary students may not enroll in programming of greater than 90 minutes of instruction each day. A student who is attending an exempt school and who is enrolled on a part-time basis in the District's middle school or high school will be permitted to enroll in 20 semester credit hours of classes in the event the student has an interest in participating in extracurricular activities.


Capacity Limits. Enrollment will be subject to capacity limits. Any grade level, program, or course which has been determined to be at capacity for option enrollment purposes shall not be available for non-public school students. The middle school principal and counselor shall also establish capacity limits for particular courses each semester. Students will not be permitted to enroll in courses beyond the established capacity limits.


Integrated Courses. Students must meet prerequisite requirements to be enrolled in a course by appropriate credits earned through an accredited program. The principal may on a discretionary basis allow prerequisite requirements to be satisfied where the student provides reasonable indications that the academic criteria have been met, such as results from achievement tests or other indications of adequate preparation.


Educationally Appropriate Programs and Courses. Students will not be allowed to enroll in programs or courses which the school administration determine to not be educationally appropriate for the student. Determination of whether a program or course is educationally appropriate will be made based on the standards the District uses for making academic placement decisions.


Essential versus Non-Essential Elective Courses. Non-public school students are not permitted to enroll in essential courses. Essential courses are those which are required to be offered by the student's private, denominational, parochial or home school. For non-public school students attending an approved school, essential courses are: language arts, social studies, science, mathematics, vocational education, foreign language, visual and performing arts, and personal health and physical fitness. For non-public school students attending an exempt school, essential courses consist of a sequential program of instruction designed to lead to basic skills in the language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and health. A non-public school student will not be precluded by this provision from enrolling in non-essential elective courses.


  1. Non-Public School Student Policies


General Standard. Non-public school students who are enrolled part-time are to be subject to the same standards as full-time enrolled students except where appropriate to reflect their part-time status.


Building assignment. Students must enroll in the attendance center that serves the student's residence, provided that the administration reserves the authority to make a different attendance center assignment. A student may request assignment to an attendance center other than that of the student's residence under the intra-district transfer procedures.


No Partial Part-Time Enrollment. Students must apply for enrollment and attend the entire school year for which enrollment is made or, for high school courses, for the full length of the course. Once enrolled, part-time students will be required to participate in all activities, programs, and tests related to the program or course for which the student is enrolled, including as applicable State or District wide assessments, as full-time students.


Student Conduct Policies. Students enrolled on a part-time basis shall be required to follow all school policies that apply to other students at any time the part-time student is present on school grounds or at a schoolsponsored activity or athletic event. This includes the District's student conduct policies. Students enrolled on a part-time basis shall be subject to discipline, including suspension or expulsion, for violation of student conduct rules.


Attendance. Students enrolled on a part-time basis are not exempt from the compulsory attendance laws or from the District's attendance policies. Students who engage in excessive absenteeism as defined in Board policy are to be reported under the truancy laws.


Presence on School Grounds. Students enrolled on a part-time basis are to be present on school grounds during the school day only at the times required for their attendance in the program or course in which they are enrolled. Exceptions may be made in the discretion of the principal or the principal's designee. Students must sign in and out of the school by following the building level procedure. Students are responsible for being aware of any changes in the school schedule during inclement weather or for other reasons.


Transportation. Students enrolled on a part-time basis are not entitled to transportation or transportation reimbursement. Full-time students will be given first consideration for parking on the high school campus.


Academic Honors. Students enrolled on a part-time basis will not be eligible to graduate or receive a diploma from the District or receive academic honors (for example, class rank and honor roll) except to the extent the student meets all requirements of the District's policies for such, including attainment of minimum credits and semesters of attendance.


Extracurricular Activities. Students enrolled on a part-time basis may be permitted in the discretion of the principal and athletic director to participate in extracurricular activities. Participation in activities that are subject to the bylaws of the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) will be limited to those students who meet the NSAA bylaws.


Cross Reference:         502      Student Admissions

504      Student Rights and Responsibilities

                                    505      Student Discipline

                                    506      Student Activities

                                    508      Student Health and Well-Being

                                    611      Academic Achievement