7:040 Non-Public School Students, Including Parochial and Home-Schooled Students

Part-Time Attendance

The District accepts non-public school students, including parochial and home-schooled students, who live within the District for part-time attendance in the District’s regular education program on a space-available basis.  Requests for part-time attendance must be submitted to the principal of the school in the school attendance area where the student resides.  All requests for attendance in the following school year must be submitted before May 1.

Students accepted for partial enrollment must comply with all discipline and attendance requirements established by the school.  A private school student may attend any co-curricular activity associated with a District class in which he or she is enrolled.  The parent(s)/guardian(s) of a student accepted for part-time attendance is responsible for all fees, pro-rated on the basis of a percentage of full-time fees.  Transportation to and/or from school is provided to non-public school students on regular bus routes to or from a point on the route nearest or most easily accessible to the non-public school or student’s home.  This transportation shall be on the same basis as the District provides transportation for its full-time students.  Transportation on other than established bus routes shall be the responsibility of the parent(s)/guardian(s).

Students with a Disability

The District will accept for part-time attendance those students with disabilities who live within the District and are enrolled in non-public schools.  Requests must be submitted by the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s).  Special educational services shall be provided to such students as soon as possible after identification, evaluation, and placement procedures provided by State law, but no later than the beginning of the next school semester following the completion of such procedures. Transportation for such students shall be provided only if required in the child’s individualized educational program on the basis of the child’s disabling condition or as the special education program location may require.

Extracurricular Activities, Including Interscholastic Competition

A non-public school student is eligible to participate:  (1) in interscholastic competition, provided his or her participation adheres to the regulations established by any association in which the School District maintains a membership, and (2) non-athletic extracurricular activities, provided the student attends a District school.  A non-public student who participates in an extracurricular activity is subject to all policies, regulations, and rules that are applicable to other participants in the activity.

Requests for participation in extracurricular activities must be submitted in writing and approved by the building principal. Students must be enrolled part-time, meet any eligibility requirements that exist, and participate on a space available basis. Students wishing to participate in Illinois High School Association athletics must be enrolled and passing a minimum of two courses held at Batavia High School. All students must meet the criteria set forth by the activity (e.g. be enrolled in band to participate in jazz band, pay extracurricular fees, provide a sports physical, etc.)

The District will make available opportunities for non-public school students to participate in extracurricular and athletic programs subject to the following:

1. All full-time students enrolled at Rotolo Middle School and Batavia High School will have the first option to participate in extracurricular activities. If, in the sole determination of the District, space remains available for an activity, non-public school students may submit a written request for participation to the Building Principal.

2. Non-public and home-schooled students may be approved to participate in extracurricular activities under the following conditions:

a. Students attending private or parochial school are not eligible to participate in any activities regulated by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) but are allowed to participate in RMS sports if it is a sport that allows all students who tryout to become members of the team.

b. There must be no similar program available to the non-public school student, either through the student’s school, or through other organizations (i.e., Park District).

3. Home-schooled students may participate in RMS and IHSA regulated activities provided they meet the criteria of the IHSA, including enrollment in a minimum number of credit hours, as defined in the IHSA Athletic Eligibility By-Laws.

4. All applicable fees must be paid before the student begins participation in the activity.

5. Participation by any student in extracurricular activities is a privilege, the terms of which may be modified or revoked at any time, without prior notice, in the sole discretion of the Board or Administration.

Assignment When Enrolling Full-Time in a District School

Grade placement by, and academic credits earned at, a non-public school will be accepted if the school has a Certificate of Non-public School Recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education, or, if outside Illinois, if the school is accredited by the state agency governing education.

A student who, after receiving instruction in a non-recognized or non-accredited school, enrolls in the District will:  (1) be assigned to a grade level according to academic proficiency, and/or (2) have academic credits recognized by the District if the student demonstrates appropriate academic proficiency to the school administration.  Any portion of a student’s transcript relating to such instruction will not be considered for placement on the honor roll, computation in class rank or graduating with honors.

Recognition of grade placement and academic credits awarded by a non-public school is at the sole discretion of the District.  The administration may review cases individually as circumstances dictate. All school and class assignments will be made according to Board policy 7:030, Student Assignment, as well as administrative procedures implementing this policy.

Cross Reference: 

4:110 Transportation

6:170 Title I Programs

6:190 Extracurricular and Co-Curricular Activities

6:320 High School Credit for Proficiency

7:030 Student Assignment and Intra-District Transfer

7:300 Extracurricular Athletics

Legal Reference(s): 

105 ILCS 5/10-20.24 and 5/14-6.01.

Date Adopted: 05/25/2010