Glynn County Schools staff have worked this year to simplify the application process for intra-district transfers, through which parents can request to enroll their students in schools outside of their zones.
The school system opened the online application for intra-district transfers for the 2019-2020 school year on Monday and will keep the application open until March 1, 2019.
The Glynn County Board of Education discussed recent changes made to the process during a work session Tuesday evening.
“What we’re trying to do this year is we want to make sure we have a window that would sufficiently provide the opportunity for parents who wanted to request to go to a school outside of their zone,” said Senetra Haywood, director of student services for Glynn County Schools.
Last year, the application was only open during the month of February, Haywood said. State law requires the application window to be available only at least one or two weeks, she said.
“By July 1, we are to post the actual number of seats that are available in the school on our website,” Haywood said.
The approval process is driven in large part by available space in schools.
In past years, parents had to submit written application forms to the principals at both the zoned and requested schools.
Students who now have a current IDT approved will not have to reapply during the application window. The principal at the school for which the student is currently attending will review the approval.
“Students who are currently attending a school with IDT permission are grandfathered,” Haywood said. “In other words, they can remain at that school until the conclusion of that grade span.”
Parents who receive intra-district transfer approval are responsible for transporting their students to and from school.
“The window is open to all interested parents who want to attend a school that’s not in their zone,” Haywood said.
Ramifications can occur if a student’s grades, behavior and/or attendance becomes an issue.
The online application is posted on the Glynn County Schools website, at glynn.k12.ga.us. The application is also posted on the “Student Services” page under the “Departments” tab, as well as on the “Attendance Zones” page under the “Parents” tab.
The application is only available online, but Haywood said parents can use school computers if they need to.
Parents will also receive notification this year when they’ve submitted an application.
“One of the concerns that I got from parents … was that they didn’t know whether or not they’d submitted an application, or whether it had been submitted correctly,” Haywood said. “So if parents complete it correctly and put in a valid email address, it will automatically send them an email confirmation that they have applied.”
Parents will be notified via email whether their request was approved by no later than April 22, 2019.