• Entrance Requirements

     
    HCSB-304

    1003.01(4) FS

    1003.22(1 & 4) FS

    New students must meet all entrance requirements before they are eligible to attend school. 

    All students who are entering a Hendry County Public school for the first time must present the following information before they can enter school:

    ·Evidence of the child's birth date verified in priority order:

    o   Birth certificate.

    o   Legally attested birth record.

    o   Legally attested religious record.

    o   Insurance policy on the child's life and in-force for at least two years.

    o   A passport or certificate of arrival showing age of child

    o   An official educational transcript stating the child's age. The transcript must be current and indicate enrollment for at least four years.

    o   An affidavit of age sworn to by the parent accompanied by a certificate of age signed by a public health officer or by a public school physician may be used, if none of the proofs of age above are available or can be produced.

    ·A certificate of immunization against communicable diseases.  Student transfers entering a Hendry County School for the first time may be granted a 30 day waiver to produce an immunization certificate from the Health Department *.  (Please refer to current immunization requirements for entrance to different grade levels.)

    ·Evidence of a physical examination within the last 12 months.  Student transfers entering a Hendry County School for the first time may be granted a 30 day waiver to produce an acceptable physical examination*.

    ·Homeless children are automatically eligible for a 30-day waiver of these   requirements.

    ·Evidence of custody if the child does not live with both natural parents, and

    ·Proof of residence documentation such as homestead exemption, lease or rental agreement or utility deposit/receipt will be required upon entrance to school.

    ·Proof of residence documentation such as homestead exemption, lease or rental agreement or utility deposit/receipt will be required upon entrance to school.

    Admission To Elementary School  


    Entrance Requirements for Kindergarten Students 

    In addition to the entrance requirements listed under general requirements, a child must have attained the age of five on or before September 1 of the year in which he seeks entrance to kindergarten in a Hendry County Public School. A student who transfers from a Florida private kindergarten to the Hendry County Public School Kindergarten Program must meet the age requirement.

     Entrance Requirements for First Grade Students  

    In addition to the entrance requirements listed under general requirements, a child must have attained the age of six on or before September 1 of the first grade year and have been enrolled in a public school kindergarten program for all or part of the school year in order to enroll in first grade.  A student who transfers from a Florida private school to Hendry County public school first grade must meet the age requirements specified in Florida Statute and show successful completion of a kindergarten program.

     Transfer Requirements for Elementary School Students

    ·Provide evidence of legal residency within the state of previous enrollment.

    ·Provide evidence the student has met the age requirements of the previous state of enrollment.

    ·Provide an official letter or transcript from a proper school authority, which shows record of attendance, academic information, and grade placement of the student.

    ·Provide evidence of immunization against communicable diseases.

    ·Provide evidence of date of birth.

    ·Provide evidence of a medical examination completed within the last twelve (12) months.

    In addition to the requirements listed above, any student who transfers from an out-of-state nonpublic school may be admitted if the student meets the age requirement for public schools within the state from which the student is transferring.

    Grade Placement in K-5 for Transfer Students

    HCSB-310

    Elementary grade placement of all transfer students in grades K-5, including those enrolled in home education programs, will be on a temporary basis until evidence of student achievement is made available to the receiving school principal. The principal or his designee will make the final placement decision based on academic testing and/or daily classroom performance.  The principal of each school may assign a student to the grade level at which the student can best adjust academically, socially or emotionally.

    The basis for assignment shall be discussed in advance with the parent or guardian of each student placed at a level other than the grade level indicated by the student's previous placement. 

    Admission To Middle Or High School  

     Entrance Requirements for Middle and High School Students

    HCSB-406

    A secondary student must comply with all the General Requirements for admission to Hendry County Schools.

    A student entering a secondary school must meet the immunization requirements for that grade level.

    Each student at the time of initial registration for school shall declare previous school expulsions, arrests resulting in a charge, and juvenile justice actions the student has had.

    Graduation requirements of the Board will not be retroactive for senior transfer students who have met all requirements for the school or state from which the student has transferred.

    Transfer Requirements

    1006.07(1) FS

    948.03(9) FS

    The principal of the receiving school shall determine the grade placement of a student transferring into any Hendry County School from another country, state, or Florida school district.   The requirements of the Hendry County School Board cannot be retroactive for a transfer student provided the student has met all the requirements of the state or Florida school district from which the student is transferring.   All evidence of the student's work, and placement shall be based upon an official transcript or record authenticated by the proper authority of the receiving school.

    A student or parent must provide all information concerning the enrollee's arrest record (regardless of disposition), school expulsions (regardless of the status of the final order) and current and/or past DJJ/Adult probation, community control or monitoring programs at the initial time of enrollment. School authorities will provide adequate due process protection for all parties prior to establishing an appropriate educational placement or the mandatory notification of the student's teachers.

    A transfer student from a non-accredited school or home education program may be placed in a 45-day trial grade placement.   The student's work and trial placement shall be reevaluated and both may be validated based upon standardized test scores and/or student performance during the trial placement.

    All ESE students transferring from private schools or out-of-state programs will be evaluated and staffed according to Special Programs and Procedures for Exceptional Student Education.   ESE students from within Florida will be placed according to Special Programs and Procedures for Exceptional Student Education.

     Upon initial enrollment, all students will be surveyed regarding home language and, if appropriate, will be assessed during the first four weeks of attendance for possible placement in an English for Speakers of Other Languages Program (ESOL).  Parents of Limited English Proficient (LEP) students will be invited to participate in the decision making for placement of a child in an LEP program.