79-238. Application acceptance and rejection; transportation for option students; specific standards; request for release; standards and conditions.

(1) Except as provided in this section and sections 79-235.01 and 79-240, the school board of the option school district shall adopt by resolution specific standards for acceptance and rejection of applications and for providing transportation for option students. Standards may include the capacity of a program, class, grade level, or school building or the availability of appropriate special education programs operated by the option school district. For a school district that is not a member of a learning community, capacity shall be determined by setting a maximum number of option students that a district will accept in any program, class, grade level, or school building, based upon available staff, facilities, projected enrollment of resident students, projected number of students with which the option school district will contract based on existing contractual arrangements, and availability of appropriate special education programs. To facilitate option enrollment within a learning community, member school districts shall annually (a) establish and report a maximum capacity for each school building under such district's control pursuant to procedures, criteria, and deadlines established by the learning community coordinating council and (b) provide a copy of the standards for acceptance and rejection of applications and transportation policies for option students to the learning community coordinating council. Except as otherwise provided in this section, the school board of the option school district may by resolution declare a program, a class, or a school unavailable to option students due to lack of capacity. Standards shall not include previous academic achievement, athletic or other extracurricular ability, disabilities, proficiency in the English language, or previous disciplinary proceedings except as provided in section 79-266.01. False or substantively misleading information submitted by a parent or guardian on an application to an option school district may be cause for the option school district to reject a previously accepted application if the rejection occurs prior to the student's attendance as an option student.

(2) The school board of every school district shall also adopt specific standards and conditions for acceptance or rejection of a request for release of a resident or option student submitting an application to an option school district after March 15 under subsection (1) of section 79-237. Standards shall not include that a request occurred after the deadline set forth in this subsection.

(3) Any option school district that is not a member of a learning community shall give first priority for enrollment to siblings of option students, except that the option school district shall not be required to accept the sibling of an option student if the district is at capacity except as provided in subsection (1) of section 79-240.

(4) Any option school district that is in a learning community shall give first priority for enrollment to siblings of option students enrolled in the option school district, second priority for enrollment to students who have previously been enrolled in the option school district as an open enrollment student, third priority for enrollment to students who reside in the learning community and who contribute to the socioeconomic diversity of enrollment at the school building to which the student will be assigned pursuant to section 79-235, and final priority for enrollment to other students who reside in the learning community. The option school district shall not be required to accept a student meeting the priority criteria in this section if the district is at capacity as determined pursuant to subsection (1) of this section except as provided in section 79-235.01 or 79-240. For purposes of the enrollment option program, a student who contributes to the socioeconomic diversity of enrollment at a school building within a learning community means (a) a student who does not qualify for free or reduced-price lunches when, based upon the certification pursuant to section 79-2120, the school building the student will be assigned to attend either has more students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches than the average percentage of such students in all school buildings in the learning community or provides free meals to all students pursuant to the community eligibility provision or (b) a student who qualifies for free or reduced-price lunches based on information collected voluntarily from parents and guardians pursuant to section 79-237 when, based upon the certification pursuant to section 79-2120, the school building the student will be assigned to attend has fewer students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches than the average percentage of such students in all school buildings in the learning community and does not provide free meals to all students pursuant to the community eligibility provision.

Source:Laws 1989, LB 183, § 7; Laws 1990, LB 843, § 8; Laws 1991, LB 207, § 5; Laws 1992, LB 1001, § 37; Laws 1994, LB 930, § 2; R.S.1943, (1994), § 79-3407; Laws 1996, LB 900, § 42; Laws 1997, LB 346, § 2; Laws 2001, LB 797, § 7; Laws 2006, LB 1024, § 20; Laws 2009, LB62, § 3; Laws 2009, LB549, § 7; Laws 2016, LB1066, § 4; Laws 2016, LB1067, § 17.