In 2016, the Florida Legislature passed HB 7029 which provided for parental choice as it relates to school attendance. Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, each Florida school district shall allow a parent from any school district in the state whose child is not subject to a current expulsion or suspension to enroll his or her child in and transport his or her child to any public school, including charter schools, that has not reached capacity in the district, subject to the maximum class size.
The Calhoun County School District’s Controlled Open Enrollment application process begins March 27 and ends on May 1, 2018. The application process is designed to give all parents the opportunity to choose the school they want their child to attend. The plan provides an opportunity for students to attend public school outside the student’s established residential attendance zone, as well as public schools in neighboring counties, as long as the requested school has not reached capacity subject to the maximum class size. Parents will be responsible for transporting their children to the school of choice if regular transportation is not available.