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Policy: JFAB
Admission of Non-Resident Students

The Lyme School District (“the District”) may accept non-resident students (either tuition students or children of non-resident staff) for enrollment at the Lyme School (“the School”), in accordance with RSA Sec. 194:14.

1. The District shall accept non-resident students by application only. Application shall be made to the School Superintendent, whose decision shall be final.

2. An eligible non-resident student shall be admitted only if there is space and/or personnel available within existing programs or classes at the School. Decisions regarding the availability of space and personnel for non-resident students in School programs and classes shall be made by the Superintendent or his or her designee, in accordance with applicable state and local requirements and guidelines governing program and class size.

3. Admission may be denied to any non-resident student who has been suspended or expelled, who is or has been subject to a suspension or expulsion proceeding, or who has a history of behavior or conduct that could compromise the safety of a school.

4. All requirements for enrollment in the School that apply to resident students (such as age, health examinations, and immunization requirements) also shall apply to non-resident students.

5. Non-resident students are expected to meet the same academic, extracurricular, and behavioral standards, and are subject to the same disciplinary procedures, as resident students, up to and including expulsion. Any non-resident student whose enrollment is subject to termination for disciplinary reasons prior to the end of the school year has the right to an expulsion hearing before the Lyme School Board, whose decision shall be final.

6. A non-resident student attending the School is entitled to: (a) access to the School’s regular classes and co-curricular and extracurricular programs; (b) the provision of any reasonable accommodations the School’s Instructional Assistance Team (“the IAT”) determines the student requires to participate in the regular education program, as long as those accommodations do not result in a substantial increase in costs to the District; and (c) access, on a space-available and personnel-available basis, to existing District special education programs and services that the IAT determines the student requires in order to attend the School. All decisions regarding accommodations and/or special education and related services that a non-resident student with a disability may need in order to participate in school will be made by the IAT after an individual assessment of the student’s needs.

7. If the IAT determines that a non-resident student with a disability requires special education and/or related services to participate in school, the student is entitled to access such services only on a space-available and personnel-available basis, and only within existing District programs and from personnel currently employed by the District. The District shall not create new programs or classrooms or hire additional staff to serve non-resident students, or serve non-resident students in any educational program outside of the District.

8. The District has no obligation to non-resident students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, as a free appropriate public education (FAPE) remains available to non-resident students in the school district(s) in which they and their parents or legal guardians reside. The District will not implement an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan for a non-resident student that was developed in a former school or district.

9. The District shall charge annual tuition up to the maximum rate permitted by state law. Tuition for a non-resident student shall be payable as follows: 25% at time of registration, 50% in September, 25% by January 15. Failure to pay tuition as due shall be grounds for revoking admission of the non-resident tuition student. In the event of a default in the timely payment of tuition, and if the District allows the student to continue to attend the School, all payments in arrears shall accrue interest at a rate of 18% per year until paid in full, and the parents or legal guardians shall pay, in addition to the principal and interest, all costs of collection, including attorney fees.

10. When a sending district is responsible for tuition, approval must be received from the sending district’s school board.

11. The District may waive tuition for children of non-resident employees of the District. The offer of a tuition waiver to such students must be reviewed yearly by the Lyme School Board, and may be terminated at the end of any given school year by decision of the Board. Such tuition waiver is separate and distinct from contracts and working agreements governing all other aspects of employment in the District. For children of non-resident part-time employees of the District, tuition shall be waived in proportion to the employees’ percentage of employment.

12. The District shall not furnish transportation for non-resident students except where such students can access regular bus routes already offered by the District.

13. A non-resident student who is accepted for enrollment shall not be formally enrolled in the School until the student’s parents or legal guardians have signed the Non-Resident Student Agreement.


Revised: 24 April 2008
Revised: 27 August 2009