Controlled Open Enrollment Plan
Controlled Open Enrollment (COE) provides parents/guardians with the opportunity to apply to a school other than the one to which their child is assigned based on their residential address. For Dixie County Schools, COE (also called School Choice) is governed by School Board Policies 5.031, 5.033, and 5.052 and Florida Statute 1002.31.

Eligibility Requirements
  • The student may not be subject to a current expulsion or suspension.
  • The student must be on track to graduate with his or her cohort.
  • The student may not have poor attendance or discipline issues as determined by the principal.
  • The student must be a Florida resident.
  • The student must be in grades K-12 (Pre-K is not eligible for COE).
Application Process
  • Complete the COE application, which is located on the district website
  • Applications will be accepted from May 1 – June 30 for the following school year.
  • Applications will not be accepted after June 30.
  • Parents of students with siblings may request placement of siblings within the same school based on the following:
    1. A sibling is defined as brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, stepbrother, or stepsister that lives in the same household.
    2. If necessary, due to capacity restrictions, applications indicating a request for siblings to attend the same school will be placed in the lottery as one unit, and, if selected, all will be accepted.
Application Review
  • Applications will be reviewed for approval or denial.
  • If the number of COE Applications exceeds the number of available seats, then students who qualify for preferential treatment will be admitted first, and a lottery procedure will be utilized to fill the remaining seats.

Parent Notification (Policy 5.031)
  • Applicants will be notified of the action on the application.
  • The parent or guardian must accept the assignment by registering at the new school within ten (10) business days of the notification or the choice assignment will be rescinded.
  • Applicants that are denied due to capacity will be added to a wait list and notified when space becomes available.

Appeals Process for Hardship
  • If the application is denied, the parent or guardian has the right to appeal due to a hardship by submittng a written explanation of the hardship to the Superintendent within ten (10) business days of the notificaiton. The Superintendent’s decision will be final.
Factors Considered
  • Florida Statute 1002.31 requires the COE process to adhere to federal desegregation requirements and to maintain a socioeconomic, demographic, and racial balance.
  • For purposes of continuity of educational choice, a student who transfers into Dixie pursuant to the COE plan may remain at the school chosen by the parent until the student completes the highest grade level at the school (unless the assignment is revoked per School Board Policy 5.031). A new application is required when the student is ready to be promoted to another school.
  • Middle school students who complete a CTE course or an industry certification included in the CAPE Industry Certification Funding List shall be allowed to continue a sequential program of CTE in the same concentration if the high school offers the program
Preferential Treatment
  • Dependent children of active-duty military personnel whose move resulted from military orders.
  • Children who have been relocated due to a foster care placement in a different school zone.
  • Children who move due to a court-ordered change in custody due to separation or divorce, or the serious illness or death of a custodial parent.
  • Children of Dixie County School District employees.
  • Students reapplying for enrollment due to being promoted to another school.
  • Students residing in the district as they may not be displaced by a student from another district seeking enrollment under the COE process.

Transportation (Policy 5.052)
  • Out of county students may ride Dixie County School buses provided the student boards at the nearest approved bus stop and the bus is not overcrowded.

Revocation of Choice Assignment (Policy 5.031)
  • Students who have accepted assignments but who are not in attendance by the tenth (10th) day of school will have their assignments revoked.
  • Students displaying issues with attendance, grades, or discipline may be returned to their zoned school.

Capacity Determination (Policy 5.031)
  • Dixie defines school capacity as 90% of permanent student stations identified on the Florida Inventory of School Houses (FISH) report. Schools with projected enrollment less than 90% capacity will be open for COE. Schools with projected enrollment equal to or greater than 90% capacity will not be open for COE.
  • Availability of seats at a school designated as open for COE will be subject to maximum class size pursuant to Florida Statute 1003.03 and Section 1, Article IX of the State Constitution.

Controlled Open Enrollment Plan

Controlled Open Enrollment Application

School Capacity
The School Board of Dixie County is committed to the principle and practice of equal opportunity and affirmative action.  The School Board of Dixe County complies with the letter and spirit of federal, state and local laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and/or harassment based on race, color, religion, political affiliation, national origin, sex, disability, age, marital status or social and family background.  Employment and educational opportunities for students, employees and applicants are provided under the principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action.  The Board will provide equal access to its facilities to the Boy Scouts and other identified Title 36 patriotic youth groups as required within 34 C.F.R.108.9.  For assistance, contact Karen Ganus, Director of Human Resources.
It is the policy of the Board of Education to provide a free and appropriate public education to each disabled student within its jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability.  It is the intent of the district to ensure the students who are disabled within the definition of Section 504 / ADA of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are identified, evaluated and provided with appropriate educational services.  Students may be disabled even though they do not require services under this policy pursuant to the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Due process rights of disabled students and their parents under Section 504 will be enforced.  For assistance, contact Alexa Mills, Director of ESE & Student Services.
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