Exception to Attendance

A parent or guardian may request an exception to attendance for a student(s) to attend another school other than their neighborhood school attendance area. Exception to Attendance Applications require a valid reason, and are reviewed by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. It is also important to note that exception to attendance does not apply to District-Wide schools and programs. 

Conditions of an Exception to Attendance
  1.  An Exception to Attendance form must document reasons student attends a school outside of their neighborhood area school.
  2. Exception to Attendance may be limited based on the academic welfare of the students, the building capacity, and the current class sizes.
  3. The student must maintain acceptable attendance and behavior or the exception may be rescinded and the student would return to the home attendance area school.
  4. Transportation is not provided and is the responsibility of the student's family.


     Reasons for an exception to attendance


If there is a change in residence during the school year, a student may request to complete the school year at the current school. A copy of the purchase agreement or rental lease contract must be attached to the form.


If there is a legal matter that may require a student to attend school outside of his or her attendance area school, an exception may be granted. A copy of the necessary documentation must be attached to the form.


If a medical reason exists which prevents the student from attendance at his or her attendance area school, an exception may be granted. A signed doctor’s statement must be attached to the form.


A parent or legal guardian may request that a student attend school in the the area of their daycare provider. This may be granted provided the following conditions apply:

  1. Transportation is provided by the District only if the address is within the attendance area of the receiving school and meets the distance requirements for transportation. A "Daycare transportation Request Card" must be completed in the transportation office.
  2. The daycare provider must sign and provide contact information on the Exception to Attendance form.
Please Note:

Exceptions to attendance to Elton Hills and Gibbs elementary schools are closed for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years.

Renewal of exception to attendance

Once an exception to attendance has been approved, a new exception form does not need to be submitted each year unless; the student attending a school on an exception is advancing to the next school building level, i.e. from elementary to middle school, or from middle to high school. If you will be filing an exception to attend at the next building level, the reason for the exception must meet criteria and fit Policy 503.03.

If you choose to discontinue your exception for the 2018-2019 school year, you will need to notify the Office of Registration and Records at (507) 328-4231.