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During the 2016 Legislative Session an amendment was made to Florida Statute 1002.31. It amended the existing Florida Statute on controlled open enrollment and changed controlled open enrollment from an option to a directive for district school boards.  Prior to the amended statute, Holmes District Schools had a plan in place that allowed students living in our district to attend the district school of their choice and a plan on how students from other districts could obtain a waiver to attend one of our district schools. This amendment to Florida Statute 1002.31 is requiring our district to restructure our plan for the 2017-2018 school year and beyond.

The plan requires that any student who is living outside the zone set for each district school to complete an Annual School Reassignment Application yearly. Students who live outside the school district will also be required to complete the application. Priority will be given to Holmes District Schools students first, along with court orders, foster care and military relocation. Holmes School District has set student capacity limits at each of our schools. At this time, Holmes School District does not see an issue with students continuing to attend a school outside of their zone, but will require that the application process be followed for each student. 

The Controlled Open Window application window for the 2022-23 school year is currently open and will close on Friday, May 6, 2022.

¨ Complete one application (below) for each child in grades K-12 that you are requesting to have attend a school outside of your zoned area (a zoning map is available by scrolling down to the Related Documents section.)

¨ Make sure to carefully read all Controlled Open Enrollment requirements when completing the online application:

       - Maintain Good Grades

      - Maintain Good Attendance

      - Maintain Good Behavior

      - Be prepared to provide transportation to and from school or to the closest bus stop for your child if no bus route for the requested school goes by your home or if the closest bus is at capacity

Please be aware that all approved Controlled Open Enrollment applications can be revoked at any time during the school year if one or more of the requirements are not maintained

¨ All students who reside outside of the state of Florida must request a waiver from the district office of the school system they reside in.  All waivers must be submitted to Mr. Matt Tate, 701 East Pennsylvania Avenue, Bonifay, Florida 32425 or [email protected] for school board approval no later than July 27, 2022.  Any out of state student who does not have a waiver approved by the school board will have their Controlled Open Enrollment approval revoked.

Click here to access the application form.