There may be instances in which school staff are not aware of the student’s right to enroll and/or other obligations the school has to ensure the student makes a smooth transition back to school. In these cases, in addition to sharing the Right of Student to Enroll in School Today handout, you may also want to share this excerpt of the Texas School Board Admissions Policy with school staff. To print, click the Print This Page button at the bottom of the handout.
Texas School Board Admissions Policy – Required Documentation
ADMISSIONS – Required Documentation
If a parent or other person with legal control of a child enrolls the child in a district school, the parent or other person, or the school district in which the child most recently attended school, shall furnish to the district all of the following:
- The child’s birth certificate, or another document suitable as proof of the child’s identity as defined by the commissioner in the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook.
- A copy of the child’s records from the school the child most recently attended if he or she was previously enrolled in a school in Texas or in another state.
Students shall not be denied enrollment or be removed solely because they fail to provide the documentation required in items 1 and 2, above.
- A record showing that the child has the immunizations require by Education Code 38.001, proof that the child is not required to be immunized, or proof that the child is entitled to provisional admission. [See FFAB]
Education Code 25.002(a); 19 TAC 129.1(a)–(b)
A district must furnish information under items 1 and 2 not later than the tenth working day after the date the district receives a request for the information.
A parent or other person with legal control of a child under a court order must furnish information under items 1 and 2 not later than the 30th day after the date a child is enrolled in a public school.
If a parent or other person with legal control of a child under a court order requests that a district transfer a child’s student records, the district to which the request is made shall notify the parent or other person as soon as practicable that the parent or other person may request and receive an unofficial copy of the records for delivery in person to a school in another district.
Education Code 25.002(a-1)
Publication Code: ED35
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