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Admissions/Enrollment of Military Children

Enrolling Military Children

This policy is to ensure compliance with NRS 392 (c) – Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.

Placement and Attendance

1.    When a student transfers before or during the school year, IICSN will initially honor placement of the student in educational courses based on his/her enrollment in the school in the sending of state or educational assessments conducted at the previous school, if the courses are offered at Innovations and if there is space available for the student. Continuing the student’s academic career is critical when considering placement. At times, the school may need to complete a quick assessment of the student’s academic performance to align placement and course work.
2.    In compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Innovations will initially provide comparable services to a student with a disability based on the student’s current individualized educational program (IEP). In compliance with the requirement of Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Innovations will make reasonable accommodations and modifications to the instructional program to address the needs of incoming students with disabilities, subject to an existing 504 Plan to provide the student with equal access to education. 
3.    The administration of Innovations shall have flexibility in waiving course or program prerequisites, or other preconditions for placement in courses or programs offered under the jurisdiction of IICSN.
4.    A student whose parent or legal guardian is an active-duty member of the uniformed services and has been called to duty for, is on leave from or immediately returned from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting, shall be granted additional excused absences at the discretion of the Executive Director to visit with his/her parent or legal guardian relating to such leave or deployment. 

Eligibility for Enrollment

1.    A special power of attorney, for purposes of the guardianship of a child of a military family, which is executed pursuant to the applicable law of the jurisdiction in which the special power of attorney is executed is sufficient for the purposes of enrolling a student in school and for all other actions requiring participation and consent of a parent or legal guardian of the student.
2.    Innovations will not charge local tuition to a transitioning child placed in the care of a noncustodial parent or other person standing in loco parentis who lives in a jurisdiction other than that of the custodial parent.
3.    A transitioning military child, placed in the care of a noncustodial parent or other person standing in loco parentis who lives in a jurisdiction other than that of the custodial parent, may continue to attend the school in which the child was enrolled while residing with the custodial parent.
4.    Eligibility for participation in extracurricular activities will be made available to the military child regardless of the application deadlines to the extent they are qualified for the extracurricular activity. 

Graduation of Military Children

To facilitate the on-time graduation of children from military families, Innovations will utilize the following procedures:

1.    The administration will waive specific courses required for graduation if similar course work has been satisfactorily completed in another local education agency. If a waiver is not granted to a student who qualifies to graduate from the sending school, IICSN will provide an alternative means of acquiring required course work so the student may graduate on time.

2.    Exit exams – State shall accept:
a.    Exit or end-of-course exams required for graduation from the sending school
b.    National norm referenced achievement tests
c.    Alternative testing in lieu of tests required for graduation in the receiving state
d.    If the alternative set forth in this section cannot be accommodated by the receiving state for a student transferring during the senior year, then the provision of Section 3 shall apply.

3.    If a military student transferring immediately before, beginning, or during the student’s senior year is ineligible to graduate from IICSN after all alternatives have been considered pursuant to NRS 392 (c), the local education agency of the sending state and the receiving state shall ensure the receipt of a diploma from the local education agency of the sending state if the student meets the graduation requirements of the local education agency of the sending state. If the sending state is not a member of the Military Compact, the member state will use its best efforts to facilitate the on-time graduation of the student in accordance with this Article.