Students who apply for enrollment in a Sylacauga City School must attend school in the attendance zone where they reside with a parent or legal guardian as granted by the Talladega County District Court or other appropriate courts. It is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to provide school officials with verifiable student information and to notify the school immediately in writing of any changes of student information. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in an investigation and appropriate action, i.e. withdrawal of student from school, tuition fee, report to court officials and/or the Department of Human Resources, etc.
All transfer students must be in good disciplinary standing from their previous school(s) with no outstanding suspension or expulsion offenses pending. Sylacauga City Board of Education honors suspensions and expulsion from other official Boards of Education.
Students transferring from a non-accredited school will be required to secure an application from the school system and take an achievement test at the local school. If a student scores lower than said grade level, the counselor and principal will place the student appropriately. A non-accredited school is one that has no accreditation by a State Department of Education or a regional accrediting institution (i.e. SACS) including private tutors.
The parents/legal guardians of children enrolling in grades K-12 shall provide the following:
- 24 Parent/Guardian Picture Identification
- Birth Certificate
- Copy of Social Security Card (optional)
- Proof of Custody when warranted
- Documented Proof of Immunization as required by state law
- Withdrawal form and transcript from previous school
Proof of Residence
ALL STUDENTS MUST PROVIDE TWO FORMS OF RESIDENCE
- Rental/lease agreement, mortgage document or current real estate property assessment document in the parent/guardian’s name.
- Utility bill for water, electric, or gas that indicates that the billing is in the parent/guardian’s name and is being sent to the house.
If the parent or legal guardian cannot provide documentation of legal residence because the parent/legal guardian is living with a relative/friend, a notarized statement by the relative/friend can be accepted by the school with the following stipulation:
- Notarized statement must state that the parent/legal guardian and child are living with the relative/friend;
- Notarized statement must state the name of relative/friend that is on the relative/friend’s proof of legal residence;
- Notarized statement must state the same address of relative/friend that is on the relative/friend’s proof of legal residence;
- A copy of the relative/friend’s proof of legal residence must be attached to the notarized statement; and
- Notarized statement must be signed by same name of relative/friend that is on the relative/friend’s proof of legal residence.
If none of the above is available, then the school may use other documentation to verify residence. A home visit can be made by school staff should there be questionable documentation. Transfer students must have withdrawal form and transcript from previous school on file.
All students are subject to home visits by the Student Services Coordinator and/or School Resource Officer.
McKinney Vento Homeless Education Act of 2001
All migratory, ELL, foster care and homeless children as defined by the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Act 1987 must have access to the same free appropriate public education, including public preschool education provided to the other children and youth, and will not be denied enrollment regardless of status of legal residence.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by 2001 No Child Left Behind Act and the McKinney Vento Homeless Education Act of 2001, all homeless, migrant, immigrant, foster care and English language learners must have equal access to the same free appropriate public education, including public preschool education, provided to the other children and youth. This shall be the policy of the Sylacauga City School System. Such children will be provided the opportunity to meet the same challenging state content and state student performance standards to which all students are held without being stigmatized or isolated.
The enrollment of homeless, migrant, and limited English proficient children and youth shall not be denied or delayed due to any of the following barriers:
- Lack of birth certificate
- Lack of school records or transcripts
- Lack of immunization or health records
- Lack of proof of residency
- Lack of transportation
- Guardianship or custody requirements
- Lack of social security number
- Disclosure of Social Security numbers (SSN) is voluntary only. SSN’s are used by the district for the limited purpose of properly identifying students for record-keeping and transcripts and are kept confidential. The lack of or refusal to provide a SSN will have no impact on the district’s enrollment decision. Students who enroll without a social security number will be assigned an alternate identification number.
A student’s social security number may be requested for use in conjunction with enrollment in school as provided in Ala. Admin. Code §290-3-1-.02(2)(b)(2). It will be used as a means of identification in the statewide student management system.
- Students enrolling without a social security number will be assigned an alternate identification number by the Attendance supervisor.
- An Alabama driver’s license is NOT mandatory for proof of residency. Alternative forms of documentation such as a utility bill or residential lease may be accepted.