Rowan-Salisbury School System Student Transfer Information
Please Note: Student Transfer Policy, Section 8-30, was revised by the RSS Board of Education with changes that will become effective with the 2013/2014 school year.
Transfers (being approved for the 2013/2014 year) will now be granted on a per academic year basis ONLY (i.e. no longer good for a grade span). You will have to reapply each year during the Spring Transfer Window if you desire to request a transfer in a subsequent year. You must meet the current transfer policy in order to potentially receive an approval in subsequent years.All transfers must be submitted during the Spring Transfer Window. There will no longer be an Emergency Transfer Window.
Transfers granted prior to and during the 2012/2013 school year will remain valid for the originally stated timeframe stated in your approval letter providing the student does not violate any of the transfer stipulations.
Please refer to the full policy below for details.
School Attendance Area Information
You can determine the school attendance zone for a specific location by using the RSSS WebQuery system. The RSSS WebQuery system helps you determine the schools a student is eligible to attend and the available bus stops. The RSS WebQuery system also provides a helpful street map.The RSSS WebQuery system can be accessed here: RSSS Webquery.
The attendance zone provided by the Webquery system is for informational purposes only. To verify school attendance zone contact Kathy Austin (704) 630-3051 ext. 123.
Should you have a question concerning student transfer, please see the information below:
Transfer Policy Information
EFFECTIVE 2013-2014 School year. To see policy in effect for 2012-2013 click here.
The Rowan-Salisbury School System (RSSS) Board of Education shall assign students to schools based on their domicile. It is the intent of the Board of Education that a student attend the school that serves his/her domicile.
Please note that although a student may have multiple residences, they may only have one domicile. The parent/legal custodian's domicile is used to establish the school assignment. It is expected that the child reside with the parent/legal custodian.
Exceptions to this will be made in limited circumstances within the criteria provided below:
A. Requests for Student Transfer
Parents or guardians may request a transfer to a school outside of their assigned attendance area. Such approval of a student transfer shall be granted for an academic school year. Such a request must be submitted utilizing Transfer Form #1 (forms are available at each school site, the Long Street Administrative Office and on the RSSS website). The completed form must be submitted during the spring transfer window to the Student Transfer Coordinator. The request must state the specific reason for the transfer. All supporting documentation must be attached to Initial Transfer Form #1. The Student Transfer Coordinator will gather information from principals and the Student Transfer Committee to consider and make a determination based upon the best interest of the child, the orderly and efficient administration of the public schools, and the health and safety of the pupils. A decision will be made and the parent notified in writing.
B. Possible Reasons for Student Transfer
1. Change of Domicile
Students whose domicile changes from one school assignment area to another within the RSSS during the same school year, may choose to finish out that school year in the same school provided they have demonstrated acceptable academic performance, conduct, and attendance, or move to the school where they are domiciled. They shall be assigned to the school according to their domicile at the beginning of the next school year. A student who chooses to finish a school year in the school in which he/she began the year following a change in domicile will be subject to all stipulations for approved transfers as stated in section G subsections "a-e" of this policy. Parents/guardians should notify the principal of a change of domicile within two weeks of a move but must notify the principal within one month or enroll at the school where they are domiciled.
2. Special Curricular Needs
The board attempts to provide the same or similar curriculum offerings in schools that serve similar grades. The school administration will work with the student to acquire curricular offerings as a visiting student. In extraordinary circumstances, a student who is unable to obtain specially needed courses, programs or academies (for rising ninth grade students) in his/her regularly assigned school, may be reassigned to another school within RSSS in order to enroll in a program of study or academy (for rising ninth grade students) not offered. If a student fails to enroll and continues in a requested course or academy the principal will recommend that the transfer be revoked. Transfers into high school academies for rising ninth graders will be granted on a space available basis, with students in the academy host school given first opportunity for enrollment in the academy.
3. School Utilization
Students may be reassigned or transferred when it would provide for better utilization and operation of the schools in RSSS.
4. Exceptional Student Program Transfers
Students who are identified as exceptional children by RSSS may be assigned to schools in attendance areas other than the ones in which they are domiciled in order to ensure proper placement of the students to meet their educational needs.
5. Medical Condition
A request for transfer based upon the health of a student may be approved only in extraordinary circumstances. Students requesting a transfer based upon a medical condition must include:
6. Hardship; Extreme or Unusual Circumstances
A request for transfer may be approved because of unforeseen, extreme or unusual circumstances that affect a student's achievement and/or behavior in the school. Such transfer requests shall be considered upon the written request of the parent or guardian. Evidence of hardship or extreme or unusual circumstances is required.
C. Transfer from Areas Outside Rowan County
Before enrollment, the principal or other RSSS administrator shall verify the domicile of these students by requesting appropriate documentary evidence. In order for a non-domiciled student to enroll in RSSS, one or more of the following provisions must be met:
1. Non-domiciled Students
a. Parent must pay a tuition charge equal to the RSSS per pupil local support for education in the previous school year.
b. RSSS full-time employees receiving benefits may request school assignment for their children in a Rowan-Salisbury school.
c. Parent must secure a release from the administrative unit serving the parent's domicile.
d. Requesting student must be in good standing in the current administrative unit. Students who have been excluded from another administrative unit, or are under a term of suspension or expulsion from another administrative unit, will not be accepted into the Rowan-Salisbury School System.
2. Non-domiciled Parents
a. The parent or legal guardian must provide a court order assigning custody of a student to a domiciliary of the requested school attendance area in Rowan County. In the case of assigned custody, the student is considered a resident of Rowan County and is immediately eligible for school placement as a county resident, or
b. The parent or legal guardian must comply with the NC GS 115C-366(a3), an act to allow students who reside with a domiciliary of a local school administrative unit to attend the public schools of that unit without payment of tuition by completion and verification of affidavit.
D. Approval of Students to Attend Another Administrative Unit
Upon approval of an application for transfer, students shall be released to attend school in another administrative unit until such time as the number of students leaving the district differs substantially from those coming into the district. If a principal has reasonable suspicion that a request to transfer out of district is for athletic reasons, he shall confer with the superintendent/designee. If upon investigation the superintendent/designee validates the allegation, the release shall be denied. Each year, the RSSS Board of Education will review a summary report of all approved transfer requests.
E. School Bus Transportation
Students released to attend a school outside the attendance zone in which their domicile is located must provide their own transportation.
F. Athletic Wait Period
Upon approval of any 7th grade, 8th grade, or high school transfer, there will be a one-year (365 days) athletic wait period before athletic eligibility or cheerleading eligibility can be established. This provision means that a transfer student may have a one-year (365 days) athletic wait period while in middle school and again in high school. This wait period would also include all students transferring from outside the RSSS district. This wait time will begin on the date of enrollment at the school requested (enrollment begins the day a student attends classes). If a high school student is legally enrolled and in attendance on the first day of classes at the school of transfer, he/she will be eligible for athletics the week of August 1 of the next school year. Students of full-time employees receiving benefits of the RSSS are exempt from the athletic wait period for a first middle or first high school transfer. Students of full-time employees receiving benefits will be subject to a 365 day athletic wait period if a second transfer request is granted within the same grade span (middle or high school). The athletic wait period will be waived for a senior who receives a Board approved transfer to complete the final year of high school in the high school that he/she attended during the junior year. The athletic wait period will be waived for ninth grade students who receive a transfer in order to participate in a Board approved academy.
Students who attend a RSSS middle or high school under a transfer will be subject to a 365 day athletic wait period if they return to the "home school" within a grade span (middle or high school).
Staff members (including full-time, part-time, non-faculty coaches or volunteers) who exercise influence (direct or indirect) upon prospective athletes in an attempt to influence the athlete's school assignment or violate any portion of this policy, will be subject to disciplinary actions up to and including the termination of employment. Additionally, if a student, parent, or legal guardian is party to violation of any part of this policy, the student's right to participate in interscholastic athletics may be denied.
G. Stipulations for Approved Transfers
a. provide transportation to and from school
b. comply with attendance policy
c. exhibit exemplary conduct
d. maintain the academic average for promotion to the next grade level
e. continue enrollment in requested courses
Student’s applications for transfer are approved for an academic school year provided that the student does not violate the stipulations listed above. The principal can recommend to the Student Transfer Coordinator that a transfer be revoked if any of the stipulations above are not met, or if evidence arises and is proven that the transfer was requested for athletic or social reasons or if the transfer was granted based on false or misleading information.
H. RSSS Employees
Full-time employees (defined as employees who receive benefits) may be allowed to transfer their child or children within the school attendance zone that serves their work address, if space is available. Upon approval, the student is subject to the stipulations listed above in section G. Upon approval, full-time employees’ transfers are granted upon the completion of the child’s grade span. Students of full-time employees receiving benefits of the RSSS are exempt from the athletic wait period. If an employee resigns from the RSS schools, their child may complete the current year, but will have to reapply for a transfer the following year. Transfer requests for children of employees must occur within the spring transfer window. Employees will be limited to one student transfer request per year.
I. How to Appeal a Transfer
Any parent may contest a transfer denial by writing a short and clear reason to the Student Transfer Coordinator related to the original reason and documentation for the transfer request. The statement must be received within five (5) working days after receiving the denial of the transfer. The Superintendent's designee (Student Transfer Coordinator) will study the written requests, hold any necessary hearings, and render a decision within ten (10) working days. If the parent is still dissatisfied, written notice to the Board of Education Appeals Committee (Attention: Assistant Superintendent for Administration, P.O. Box 2349, Salisbury, NC 28145) within five (5) days of receipt of the Student Transfer Coordinator's decision. The Appeals Committee will hear the request (based on the reason and documentation on the original transfer application). The Committee's recommendation shall be submitted to the Board of Education for a final determination. The Board shall render a prompt decision, and notice of the decision shall be given by registered or certified mail.
Legal Reference(s): NC Gen. Statute 115C-36, -366, -367, -369
Adoption Date: 6/11/91