SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17109POLICY
ADMISSIONS OF STUDENTS WHOSE PARENTS OR COURT APPOINTED GUARDIAN
ARE NON-RESIDENTS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT
Susquehanna Township School District is committed to providing a quality education for all students legally entitled to attend school in the district. However, in fairness to its taxpayers, the school board will strictly construe the provisions of the Pennsylvania School Code and adopts this policy to ensure that there will be admitted on a non-tuition basis only those students legally entitled to attend school within the district on that basis.
The following students are entitled to be enrolled on a non-tuition basis:
- A student having a natural custodial parent living in the school district whose custody rights have not been terminated by court action.
- A student having a court-approved adoptive custodial parent living in the school district whose custodial rights have not been terminated by court action.
- A student having a court-appointed guardian living within the school district.
- A student living with a township resident who does not qualify under sub-paragraphs A, B and C above, but with respect to whom there has been filed the affidavit authorized by Section 1302 of the School Code and whose circumstances have been investigated in accordance with the administrative procedures of the school district established for admission of students in reliance upon such affidavits.
- A student who is a ward of the State (see Policy #5133.2).
When the Superintendent (or his or her designee), in consultation with the school solicitor, determines that a student is legally entitled to attend school in Susquehanna Township in accordance with the requirements of the School Code and this policy, the student shall be enrolled. A township resident who has filed an affidavit pursuant to Section D above shall be required to provide an updated questionnaire or supplemental information regarding the student’s qualifications for non-tuition status on an annual basis or as often as the Superintendent (or his or her designee) determines is appropriate. When the Superintendent (or his or her designee), in consultation with the school solicitor, determines that the student is not entitled to attend school in accordance with the requirements of the School Code and this policy, the student shall be excluded from enrollment and attendance without further action of the board.
It is the policy of the Susquehanna Township School District to give full faith and credit to the decision of another school entity that a student committing an offense for which a disciplinary exclusion from school could be imposed. Therefore, admission of such students who have transferred or relocated from another school entity will be governed by the following provisions:
a. If another entity has imposed a disciplinary suspension or expulsion on a student, such student shall not be admitted or enrolled into the Susquehanna Township School District until the remainder of that discipline has been served.
b. If another school district has imposed disciplinary suspension or expulsion on a student and the Susquehanna Township School District administration believes the discipline imposed for the offense was not commensurate with the discipline which would be imposed by the Susquehanna Township School District for a similar offense, the administration may refer the student to a school board hearing for a review of the record of the other school entity’s hearing and imposition of greater discipline than that imposed by the other school entity prior to enrolling such student.
c. If a student has been charged with an offense which could result in suspension or expulsion from school by another school entity, but a hearing and adjudication have not been completed prior to the student withdrawing form that school and applying for admission to the Susquehanna Township School District, it shall be presumed that the student committed the offense with which he or she was charged and the student shall be referred to a school board hearing for imposition of discipline for that offense.
A student who wishes to challenge the continuance of a suspension or expulsion under sub-paragraph “a” above, shall have the right to request a hearing in front of the school board. If a student is referred to the school board for a hearing under sub-paragraphs “b” or “c” above, he/she shall be given written notice of the charges and a hearing shall be held within ten (10) school days after the student has provided all necessary documentation for his pr her admission to the Susquehanna Township School District.
Approved by the School Board – August 8, 1988
Revised by the School Board – July 23, 1990
Amended by the School Board – July 28, 1997