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Voluntary Transfer Information

TRANSFERS AMONG BUILDINGS IN MUSCATINE (Board Policy 501.5) AND CLASS SIZE (Board Policy 600.6)

Students are expected to attend their assigned schools.   The superintendent may find it necessary to involuntarily transfer students to schools for programs, i.e., special  education, which are not available at the assigned schools.   Students who are involuntarily transferred shall be provided with transportation, subject to the normal rules.

When a parent or guardian requests that an exception be made to this policy, the following rules shall be enforced on a student-by-student basis case annually.   All requests for an exception to this policy shall be considered “voluntary transfer requests.”  As such, students do not have access to school transportation.

All requests for voluntary transfer must be submitted in writing using the district form and meeting the published deadlines.

Requests that would in and of themselves impair racial balance (the percent of district-wide minority enrollment) at both the assigned school and the requested school cannot be approved except when there is a legitimate medical justification.   A written statement from a medical doctor stating the specific medical reason(s) is required with the request for the exception.

Requests that would in and of themselves improve racial balance at both the assigned school and the requested school may be approved, if and only if, the transfer request in and of itself would contribute to an improvement in the class sizes at both the assigned school and the requested school.

Requests that do not fit into either of the above situations are considered on a case-by-case basis on a year-by-year basis.   None of these require the district to approve, but may serve as grounds for consideration:

  • Requests where there is a legitimate medical justification.   A written statement from a medical doctor stating the specific medical reasons for the request is submitted with the request.
  • Requests where a sibling or household member has been involuntarily transferred and would require the parents/guardians to have students at more than one elementary school.
  • Requests where a change of residence from one area to another within the district occurs and the request is to finish the school year.
  • Requests that improve class sizes.

The district transfer committee will meet at least twice annually to review the elementary and middle school voluntary transfer requests.

Class Size (Board Policy 600.6)

Elementary class size standards and boundary lines for attendance purposes shall be reviewed annually in March by the Board of Directors upon recommendation of the Superintendent.

Boundary lines for attendance purposes may be changed due to class size standard, enrollment patterns, educational programs, district resources and other factors.

The Superintendent may select a committee representative of the community schools to study boundaries prior to making a recommendation to the Board.

An effort will be made to keep class size at the lowest level possible.

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