Board Policy regarding Hardship Transfers stipulates the following:
In exceptional circumstances, and on a case-by-case basis, hardship transfer requests will be considered. Upon receiving documentation of an extenuating situation, the Superintendent or designee may approve a recommendation by the Office of Student Assignment that a student be allowed to attend a school other than the school serving the student’s attendance area. State law allows for transfer requests in certain circumstances based on placement in a non-permanent classroom or excessive travel time or distance, as specifically defined by state law and the rules of the Georgia Department of Education and such requests may be considered by the District. For all hardship transfer requests, available capacity in the requested school and grade level at the time of the request will be considered. If capacity is not available, the Superintendent may approve transfer to another school in the District. Transportation will not be provided by the District. Siblings may be approved only if grade level capacity is available. Hardship Transfers are limited to residents of DeKalb County School District only.
Hardship transfer approvals: Hardship transfers are granted for one (1) school year only. Additionally, only one (1) request will be granted each school year. In order to remain in the hardship transfer placement, the request must be resubmitted along with documentation that the hardship continues to exist.
The following circumstances will not result in the granting of a hardship approval:
Not residing in a DeKalb County School System attendance area.
Request not meeting the criteria for a hardship transfer based on Board Policy JBCC – Student Assignment.
Request does not meet the criteria for a transfer based on Board Policy AD – School Attendance Areas when attendance lines have been altered (redistricting).
The school requested was offered as a DeKalb County School System School Choice option during Open Enrollment. Seats are filled by lottery from eligible applications submitted during Open Enrollment.
Insufficient documentation given to verify that student cannot be served in his or her home school.
Request is based on student or school performance.
Request is based on feelings regarding school staff.
Request is for Senate Bill 10 transfers.
Request is for sibling priority or preference.
Request is for Pre-K seat in the Pre-K program.
Request is for a private school or Start-up Charter School.
Hardship transfer revocation:
Failure to meet the hardship transfer continuation guidelines may result in the revocation of the hardship transfer and return to home school (school must provide documentation of behavior and parent contact to Office of School Choice):