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(1) Any unexpended, unencumbered balances are for non-discretionary fixed costs and supported by historical expenditures or other documentation ensuring that the balances will be expended by June 30.
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(1) The Board may request approval from the Executive County Superintendent prior to obtaining the two-thirds affirmative vote of the authorized membership of the school Board for such approval.
(2) The Board’s written transfer request shall be deemed approved after ten working days of receipt of such request by the Executive County Superintendent if no Executive County Superintendent approval or denial is provided within that timeframe. The district shall maintain documentation of the Executive County Superintendent’s receipt of all transfer requests deemed approved under this provision.
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(1) The school district’s budget currently exceeds the administrative cost limits; or
(2) The transfer would place the school district’s budget in excess of the administrative cost limits in the applicable budget year, as prescribed in N.J.A.C. 6A:23-8.2.
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to N.J.A.C. 6A:23-8.4, do not require approval by the Executive County Superintendent.
Issued: April 2005
Revised: January 2015
The Board of Education will admit to this district children who have attained the age requirements set by law and this Board of Education. The Board requires documentary verification of the age and birth date of any child for whom admission to this district is sought, along with proof that compliance with the immunization regulation of this district has been attended to.
A child is eligible for entrance into a program of special education who is three years old and has been found by the Child Study Team to be eligible for a program for the preschool educationally handicapped/disabled in accordance with rules of the State Board of Education.
A child is eligible for entrance into Kindergarten who will have attained the age of five years on or before October 1 of the school year in which entrance is sought. This cut-off date is categoric and not subject to extension or any stipulations for waiver of the deadline or request for early admission.
A child is eligible for entrance into first grade who will have attained the age of six years on or before October 1 of the year in which entrance is sought or has completed the kindergarten program of this district or completed a one year equivalent program elsewhere and has been recommended for advancement to the first grade by the administrative leader of that school.
The Vernon Township School District reserves the right to assess the level of preparedness of each student entering from an outside placement.
N.J.S.A. 18A:36-19; 18A:38-5; 18A:38-6; 18A:44-1; 18A:44-2; 18A46-6; 18A:46-6.1
N.J.A.C. 6:20-1.2; 6A:14-3.3
Adopted: 21 April 2005
Revised: April 2010
The Board of Education will cooperate with the County Office of Education, as appropriate and feasible, in the education of children temporarily displaced by domestic violence. Any pupil attending the schools of this district, whether regularly enrolled in this or another district, who has been admitted to a shelter for victims of domestic violence will be permitted and encouraged to continue an appropriate educational program with minimal disruption.
The Board will cooperate with other educational institutions in the sharing of pertinent pupil records and in the establishment of sending-receiving relationships on behalf of displaced children. The confidentiality of all matters concerning displaced children will be strictly observed, and no information regarding the present residence of the child will be released.
N.J.S.A. 18A:38-1 et seq.
Adopted: 21 April 2005
5116 EDUCTION OF HOMELESS CHILDREN
The Board of Education will admit and enroll homeless children in accordance with Federal and State laws and New Jersey Administrative Code. The Board of Education adopts this Policy to be in compliance with law and administrative code to ensure the enrollment of homeless children in school and to respond to appeals made by parents or other parties related to the enrollment of homeless children.
The Board of Education shall determine that a child is homeless when he or she resides in a publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations, including: hotels or motels; congregate shelters, including domestic violence and runaway shelters; transitional housing; and homes for adolescent mothers. A child is also determined homeless when he or she resides in a public or private place not designated for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation, including: cars or other vehicles including mobile homes; tents or other temporary shelters; parks; abandoned buildings; bus or train stations; temporary shelters provided to migrant workers and their children on farm sites; and the residence of relatives or friends where the homeless child resides out of necessity because his or her family lacks a regular or permanent residence of its own. A child is also determined homeless when he or she resides in substandard housing.
The school district of residence for a homeless child is responsible for the education of the child and shall assume all responsibilities as required in N.J.A.C. 6A:17-2.3. The school district of residence for a homeless child means the school district in which the parent of a homeless child resided prior to becoming homeless.
The school district liaison designated by the Superintendent of Schools for the education of homeless children is the School Business Administrator. The liaison will facilitate communication and cooperation between the school district of residence and the school district where the homeless child resides and shall assume all responsibilities as outlined in N.J.A.C. 6A:17-2.4(a).
When a homeless child resides in a school district, the school district liaison shall notify the liaison of the school district of residence within twenty-four hours of receiving notification from the parent, the Department of Human Services or the Department of Children and Families, a shelter director, an involved agency, or a case manager. Upon notification of the need for enrollment of a homeless child, the liaison in the school district of residence shall coordinate enrollment procedures immediately based upon the best interest of the child pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:17-2.5(b).
The Superintendent of the school district of residence or designee shall decide in which school district the homeless child shall be enrolled in accordance with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:17-2.5.
Unless parental rights have been terminated by a court of competent jurisdiction, the parent retains all rights under N.J.A.C. 6A:17-2.1 et seq.
When a dispute occurs regarding the determination of homelessness or the determination of the school district of enrollment made by the school district of residence, the Superintendent(s) or the designee(s) of the involved district(s) or the child’s parent(s) shall immediately notify the Executive County Superintendent of Schools, who, in consultation with the Department of education’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Coordinator or designee, shall immediately decide the child’s status. If a dispute remains between the parent and the involved school district(s) following the Executive County Superintendent’s determination, the parent or the involved district Board(s) of Education may appeal to the Commissioner of Education for determination pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:3, Controversies and Disputes.
When a school district designated as the school district of residence disputes its designation as the school district of residence, or where no designation can be agreed upon by the involved school districts, the Superintendent(s) or designee(s) of the involved school districts shall immediately notify the Executive County Superintendent of Schools, who shall immediately make a determination, if possible, but no later than within forty-eight hours.
If the dispute regarding determination of district of residence does not involve the determination of homelessness and/or district enrollment, the school district disputing the Executive County Superintendent’s determination may appeal to the Department of Education pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-19.2(d), (e), and (f) and request a determination from the Division of Administration and Finance. If an appeal of a determination of district of residence also includes an appeal of the determination of homelessness and/or school district of enrollment, the appeal shall be submitted to the Commissioner of Education pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:3, Controversies and Disputes.
Any dispute or appeal shall not delay the homeless child’s immediate enrollment or continued enrollment in the school district. The homeless child shall be enrolled in the school district in which enrollment or continued enrollment is sought by the parent, pending resolution of the dispute or appeal. Disputes and appeals involving the services provided to a homeless child with a disability shall be made pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:14.
Financial responsibility, including the payment of tuition for the homeless child, will be in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:17-2.8. The school district of residence shall list the child on its annual Application for State School Aid (ASSA) pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:7F-33 until the parent establishes a permanent residence or is deemed domiciled in another jurisdiction pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:38-1.d. At this time, the school district of residence shall no longer list the student on its ASSA. The State shall assume fiscal responsibility for the tuition of the child pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:7B-12.1 and shall pay the tuition to the school district in which the child is currently enrolled until the parent establishes a permanent residence or is deemed domiciled in another jurisdiction pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:38-1.d. under the circumstances outlined in N.J.A.C. 6A:17-2.8(c).
N.J.S.A. 18A:7B-12; 18A:7B-12.1
N.J.A.C. 6A:17-2.1 et seq.
Adopted: May 2017
New Jersey’s Interdistrict Public School Choice Program Act provides interested New Jersey school districts an opportunity to apply to the New Jersey Department of Education to become a public school choice school district that can make available classroom seats within the school district for the Board to accept non-resident pupils. A choice district may enroll pupils across district lines in designated schools of the choice district.
A proposed choice school district shall submit an application to the Commissioner of Education no later than April 30 in the year prior to the school year in which the choice program will implemented.
The Commissioner shall notify a choice district of the approval or disapproval of its application no later than July 30, and the reasons for disapproval shall be included in the notice. The Commissioner shall notify the New Jersey State Board of Education of the approval of a choice district application and the State Board shall include a public notice of the approval on the next agenda for its public monthly meeting.
The commissioner may take appropriate action, consistent with State and Federal law, to provide that pupil population diversity in all districts participating in a choice district program is maintained in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:36B-17.b.
The Commissioner shall evaluate an application submitted by a proposed choice district in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:36B-18.
The parent or guardian of a pupil shall notify the sending district of the pupil’s intention to participate in the choice program and shall submit an application to the choice district, indicating the school the pupil wishes to attend, no later than the date specified by the Commissioner.
A choice district may evaluate a prospective pupil on the pupil’s interest in the program offered by a designated school. The district shall not discriminate in its admission policies or practices on the basis of athletic ability, intellectual aptitude, English language proficiency, status as a handicapped person, or any basis prohibited by State or Federal law.
A choice district shall not prohibit the enrollment of a pupil based upon a determination that the additional cost of educating the pupil would exceed the amount of additional State aid received as a result of the pupil’s enrollment. A choice district may reject the application for enrollment of a pupil who has been classified as eligible for special education services pursuant to Chapter 46 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes if that pupil’s individualized education program could not be implemented in the district, or if the enrollment of that pupil would require the district to fundamentally alter the nature of its educational program, or would create an undue financial or administrative burden on the district.
A pupil whose application is rejected by a choice district shall be provided with a reason for the rejection in the letter of choice. The appeal of a rejection notice may be made to the Commissioner. Once a pupil is enrolled in a designated school, te pupil shall not be required to reapply each school year for enrollment in any designated school of the choice district and shall continue to be permitted to be enrolled until graduation. A pupil shall be permitted to transfer back to a school of the sending district or may apply to a different choice district during the next application period.
The Board of Education of a sending district may adopt a resolution to restrict enrollment of its pupils in a choice district to a maximum of ten percent of the number of pupils per grade level per year and fifteen percent of the total number of pupils enrolled in the sending district. This resolution shall be subject to approval by the Commissioner upon a determination that the resolution is in the best interest of the district’s pupils and that it will not adversely affect the district’s programs, services, operations, or fiscal conditions, and that the resolution will not adversely affect or limit the diversity of the remainder of the pupil population in the district who do not participate in the choice program.
Enrollment restriction percentages adopted by the resolution shall not be compounded from year to year and shall be based upon the enrollment counts for the year p receding the sending district’s initial year of participation in the choice program, except that in any year of the program in which there is an increase in enrollment, the percentage enrollment restriction may be applied to the increase and the result added to the preceding year’s count of pupils eligible to attend a choice district. If there is a decrease in enrollment at any time during the duration of the program, the number of pupils eligible to attend a choice district shall be the number of pupils enrolled in the choice program in the initial year of the district’s participation in the program, provided that a pupil attending a choice district school shall be entitled to remain enrolled in that school until graduation.
The calculation of the enrollment of a sending district shall be based on the enrollment count as reported on the Application for State School Aid in October preceding the school year during which the restriction on enrollment shall be applicable.
A choice district shall not be eligible to enroll pupils on a tuition basis pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:38-3 while participating in the Interdistrict Public School Choice Program. Any pupil enrolled on a tuition basis prior to the establishment of the choice program shall be entitled to remain enrolled in the choice district as a choice pupil.
Transportation, or aide in-lieu of transportation, shall be provided to an elementary school pupil who lives more than two miles from the choice district school of attendance and to a secondary school pupil who lives more than two and one-half miles from the choice district school of attendance, provided the choice district school is not more than twenty miles from the residence of the pupil.
Transportation, or aide in-lieu-of transportation, shall be the responsibility of the sending district. The choice district and the sending district may enter into a shared service agreement in accordance with the “Uniform Shared Services and Consolidation Act,” sections 1 through 35 of P.L. 2007, e.63 (C.40A:65-1 through C.40A:65-35). Notwithstanding the provisions of section 20 of P.L. 2007, c.260 (C.18A:7F-62) to the contrary, the sending district shall receive State aid for transportation calculated pursuant to section 15 of P.L. 2007, c.260 (C.18AL7F-57) for a pupil transported or receiving aid-in-lieu-of transportation pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:36B-22.
A choice district shall establish and maintain a parent information center. The center shall collect and disseminate information about participating programs and schools and shall assist parents and guardians in submitting applications for enrollment of pupils in an appropriate program and school. The information about participating programs and schools shall be posted on the choice district’s website.
The Commissioner shall annually report to the State Board of Education, the Legislature, and the Joint Committee on the Public Schools on the effectiveness of the Interdistrict Public School Choice Program. The Commissioner’s annual report shall be posted on the New Jersey Department of Education’s website and on the website of each choice district.
N.J.S.A. 18A:36B-14 through 18A:36B-24
N.J.A.C. 6A:12-1.1 et seq.
Adopted: September 2013
The Board of Education directs the assignment of pupils to the schools, programs, and classes of this district consistent with the best interests of pupils and the best uses of the resources of this district.
Pupils shall generally attend the school located in the attendance area of their residence. The Superintendent may assign a pupil to a school other than the designated by the attendance area when such an exception is justified by circumstances and/or is in the best interest of the pupil. Every effort will be made to continue a pupil in the same elementary school once the pupil has been enrolled in that elementary school.
The Superintendent shall assign incoming transfer pupils to the school in their attendance area of their residence provided the district’s school or class size requirements can accommodate the pupil’s enrollment. The Building Principal may assign pupils in his/her school to grades, classes, and groups on the basis of the needs of the pupil as well as the sound administration of the school.
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:36-38.a.(1), a parent of twins or higher order multiples enrolled in the same Kindergarten through eighth grade level at the same public school may request, in writing, the children be placed in the same classroom or in separate classrooms. The Principal shall make the classroom placement requested in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:36-38.a.(1).
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:36-38a.(2), a parent of twins or higher order multiples enrolled in the same ninth through twelfth grade level at the same public school may request, in writing, the children be placed in the same classroom or in separate classrooms. The placement of such children shall be made at the discretion of the Principal in the best interest of the school and its pupils. The parent may appeal the Principal’s classroom placement decision to the Board of Education, which shall make a final determination on the placement.
The written request must be submitted to the Principal no later than fourteen days after the first day of each school year. Parents of twins or higher order multiples enrolling after the school year commences shall request the classroom placement in writing no later than fourteen days after the first day of attendance.
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:36-38.(2)(b), a Principal may, after consultation with the pupils’ parent and teachers at the end of the initial grading period, request the Board make a different classroom placement determination for the twins or higher order multiples if the initial classroom placement is determined to be disruptive to any of the pupils in the class or classes, or if the Principal concludes the initial placement does not sufficiently support the pupils’ academic or social development. Upon receiving such request, the Board shall make a final classroom placement determination.
“Higher order multiples” means triplets, quadruplets, quintuplets, or larger group siblings born at one birth. Provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:36-38 do not apply to a school district which maintains only a single classroom for the grade level in which twins or higher order multiples are enrolled. The parent shall be responsible for any additional pupil transportation costs that are incurred by the district as a result of providing the requested classroom placement, unless the district is in agreement with the placement. In the event one of the twins or higher order multiples receives special education services, the requested placement shall not be accommodated if the placement is inconsistent with a pupil’s Individualized Education Plan.
Adopted: March 1987
Revised: September 2013
The Board of Education believes that the educational goals of this district are best implemented by a pupil’s exposure to the entire educational program and that every pupil enrolled in this district should be encouraged to complete the program of instruction appropriate to his/her needs. No pupil below the age of sixteen will be permitted to withdraw from school.
The Superintendent shall alert teaching staff members to identify those pupils who may consider eighth grade graduation the termination of their education. Any pupil who indicates that he/she may drop out of school before entry to the ninth grade should be reported to the Building Principal and be provided with counseling.
The Board directs that efforts be made to determine the underlying reason for a pupil’s decision to withdraw from school before the completion of the instructional program. A potential dropout pupil will be offered counseling and an opportunity to plan an instructional program appropriate to his/her career goals. No pupil under the age of eighteen will be permitted to withdraw without the written consent of the pupil’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s).
Counseling services and information regarding high school equivalency programs will be made available to any pupil sixteen years of age or older who decides to withdraw from school before completion of the requirements for a diploma. A pupil who has withdrawn from school may apply for readmission at any time prior to his/her twentieth birthday, provided application for readmission is made at the beginning of a school term.
N.J.A.C. 6:20-1.2; 6:30-2.1 et seq.
Adopted: 21 April 2005
BOARD OF EDUCATION
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In accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:38-25, every parent, guardian, or other person having control and custody of a child between the ages of six and sixteen shall cause the child to regularly attend school. The Board of Education requires students enrolled in the school district attend school regularly in accordance with the laws of the State.
In accordance with the provisions of N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.6, and for the purposes of this Policy and Regulation 5200, a student’s absence from school whether excused or unexcused may count toward truancy. As recommended by the New Jersey State Department of Education, a student who exceeds more than 10 percent of a school year in absences will be deemed chronically absent.
Students that are absent from school for any reason are responsible for the completion of assignments missed because of their absence. A student who is absent from school for observing a religious holiday shall not be deprived of any award, eligibility, or opportunity to compete for any award, or deprived of the right to take an alternate test or examination that was missed because of the absence provided there is a written excuse of such absence signed by the parent.
Prolonged or repeated absences, excused, or unexcused, from school or from class, deprive students of the educational and classroom experiences deemed essential to learning and may result in retention at grade level.
For districts with secondary school(s)
Or loss of credit or removal from a course that would count toward the high school diploma in accordance with policies of this Board.
Students shall be subjected to the school district’s response for total accumulated absences that count toward truancy during the school year as outlined in N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.6 (a)4 and Regulation 5200.
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Chronic absences from school or from classes within the school day may subject a student to consequences that may include the denial of a student’s participation in co-curricular activities and/or athletic competition. Repeated absences from school interfere with efforts of this Board and its staff in the maintenance of good order and the continuity of classroom instruction and such absences may result in the removal of the student from a class or course of study.
The Superintendent shall calculate and monitor the student attendance for the district and for each school in the district by using the 10 percent ratio recommended by the New Jersey State Department of Education. Whenever the attendance rate exceeds 10 percent (or 18 days) does not meet the New Jersey Department of Education requirements the Superintendent or designee shall develop a district improvement plan to improve student attendance pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:30-5.2.
N.J.S.A. 18A:36-14; 18A:38-25
N.J.S.A. 34:2-21.1 et seq.
N.J.A.C. 6A:16-7.6; 6A:32-8.3
Adopted: March 2015
The Board of Education requires that pupils be in attendance for the full school day in order to benefit from the instructional program. That requirement will be waived only when compelling circumstances require that a pupil be late to school or dismissed from school before the end of the school day.
The Principal may excuse for cause the late arrival and early dismissal of a pupil on the prior written request of the pupil’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s). Good cause may include, but need not be limited to, medical and dental appointments that cannot be scheduled outside the school day, medical disability, a motor vehicle driver’s test, interviews for college entrance or employment, and court appearances.
No pupil under the age of eighteen will be permitted to leave the school before the end of the school day except in the presence of the pupil’s parent(s) or legal guardian(s), or an agent of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) who is at least 18 years of age and has authorization, or in the custody of agents of the state acting in their legal capacity.
The Principal shall maintain a record of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of each pupil. If one parent has been assigned custody of the pupil by court order or separation agreement and wishes to limit the noncustodial parent’s access to the pupil, the parent in custody must inform the Principal of any such limitation and may request that his/her authorization be required before the noncustodial parent is granted access. In the absence of such notice, the Principal will presume that a pupil may be released into the care of either parent.
A pupil who suffers an incapacitating medical disability will be released from school only in the presence of an adult.
Adopted: 21 April 2005
Revised: March 2013
Promptness is requisite to good learning. Pupils who are late to school or to class miss essential portions of the instructional program and create disruptions in the academic process for themselves and other pupils.
Tardiness to school or class that is caused by a pupil’s illness, an emergency in the pupil’s family, the observance of a religious holiday, a death in the pupil’s family, or by the pupil’s compliance with a request or directive of an administrator will be considered justified and is excused. All other incidents of tardiness will be considered unexcused.
N.J.S.A. 18A:36-14; 18A:36-15; 18A:36-25 et seq. N.J.A.C. 6:20-1.3
Adopted: 21 April 2005