BookPolicy Manual Section5000 Students TitleSCHOOL ATTENDANCE AREAS Codepo5120 StatusActive AdoptedAugust 1, 2007 Last RevisedMarch 16, 2015



The Board of Education has divided the county into separate attendance areas and directs that the assignment of students to schools within this County be consistent with the best interests of students and the best use of the resources of this County.


The Superintendent shall periodically review existing attendance areas and recommend to the Board such changes to the boundaries of the school attendance areas as may be justified by:

  1. considerations of safe student transportation and travel;


  2. convenience of access to schools;


  3. financial and administrative efficiency;


  4. a wholesome and educationally sound balance of student populations;


  5. teacher-student ratios imposed by State law.

Acting upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board shall determine periodically the school attendance areas of the County and shall expect the students within each area to attend the school so designated.


No assignment to schools or attendance schedules shall discriminate against students on the basis of gender, race, religion, disability, or national origin.


The parent of siblings who are assigned to the same grade level and school may request that the school place the siblings in the same classroom or in separate classrooms. This request must be made no later than five (5) days before the first day of school each school year or five (5) days after the first day of attendance of the students if the students are enrolled in school after the school year commences. The school is not required to meet the request if there is factual evidence indicating a specific placement is better for the student than that requested by the parent.


The Superintendent may also assign a student to a school other than that designated by the attendance area when a class exceeds State mandated enrollment requirements or when a school is overcrowded.


A student may transfer from one secondary school to another in order to enroll in a course not offered at his/her school. A student in grades 9-12 inclusive, who moves from a school attendance area may continue at his/her former school to graduation, provided s/he furnishes his/her own transportation. Elementary students whose parents move from the school attendance area during the second semester may complete the school year at the school in which s/he was enrolled, if the parents provide the student's transportation. The Superintendent may approve other transfers when in his/her opinion, attendance at the school location in the attendance area of residence presents a hazard to the safety, health and welfare of the child.


The principal shall assign students in his/her school to appropriate grades, classes, or groups. This action shall be based on consideration of the needs of the student as well as the administration of the school.


Request for Out-of-Attendance Area Assignment


A student may be permitted to attend a school other than the school serving the parents' residential area by completing a Student Transfer Form and submitting the form for the approval or disapproval of the chief instructional leader who shall take into consideration in making the decision criteria, including but not limited to, the following:

  1. severe health problems


  2. class/school size


  3. acceptance of responsibility for transportation, good attendance, and acceptable behavior


  4. programs availability


  5. other hardships

Nonresident Students


Students who are not residents of West Virginia may attend Marion County Schools upon compliance with West Virginia laws and Board policies governing admission of students to the schools of the State. Such students may be assigned to schools by the Superintendent.


Revised 8/26/08


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