Assignment to Attendance Area

  • Assignment to Attendance Area 

    A student’s residence for the purpose of school assignment shall be considered to be that of the residence of the student if the student is 18 years of age or older or if the student is married and living with his or her spouse.  For students under the age of 18 that are not married and whose parents reside in Marion County the parents address is the address of residence.  The home for which the parent last claimed homestead exemption, unless sold, may be used for the purpose of determining residence. If only one parent lives in Marion County the address of the one living in Marion County will be used.  If both parents live in Marion County and are legally divorced or separated, the parent awarded primary physical custody will have their address used.  Where the custody is 50/50 the school of enrollment will be selected by the parents.  In cases where a caregiver, as determined by a government or private agency, has custody, their address will be used for purposes of attendance area.

     

    Where a parent, who resides in Marion County, requests that his/her child live with someone, (e.g., aunt, friend, grandparent, etc.) residing in a different school zone in order for the student to attend school in that zone, the request will be denied.  The student must enroll in the zoned school based on the residence of the custodial parent.

     

    A parent residing in Marion County that relinquishes formal legal custody of his/her child to someone, (e.g., aunt, friend, grandparent, etc.) that resides in a different school zone must document the circumstances.  The guardianship must be due to the fact that the parent is truly not capable of caring for the student.  This type of transfer is not available if the student’s parent is not suffering from a documented physical, mental, or financial infirmity which, by ordinary and reasonable standards, precludes the parent from actually caring for the student.

     

    Once the extenuating circumstances have been validated with legal documentation, the student shall be allowed to enroll in a school zoned for the residence of the legal guardian/custodian.

     

    A parent not residing in Marion County that requests that his/her child reside with someone, (e.g., aunt, friend, grandparent, etc.) with no parent living in the district, must have documented, extenuating circumstances for the transfer request to be approved.  The extenuating circumstances must be due to the fact that the parent is truly not capable of caring for the student.  This type of transfer is not available if the student’s parent is not suffering from a documented physical, mental, or financial infirmity which, by ordinary and reasonable standards, precludes the parent from actually caring for the student.

     

    Students attending Marion County Public Schools who are in membership at the close of each school year will be assigned to a school for the succeeding school year on the basis of attendance areas adopted by the Board and the student’s residence as determined in Paragraph A above.

    Other students who are eligible to attend Marion County Public Schools are to register for assignment following current District procedures.