An influx of students in some of Ohio County schools is forcing "special permission" students to switch institutions.
A special permission student is one who lives in one neighborhood, but is allowed to attend a school located in another. Superintendent Dianna Vargo said, according to state law, when a class grows to exceed allowable limits, transfer and special permission students are required to return to their home district.
Parents or guardians of such students are made aware ahead of time that their child may have to go back to their home district.
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Ohio County school buses sit in a lot in the Fulton section of Wheeling.
"Parents can request permission to transfer a student to another district if space exists in projected enrollment figures," she said.
For example, if a class grows in size because of new students, the home district students are given first consideration. But this means the special permission students must be moved.
Vargo said she did not know how many special permission students were being impacted this year. She said enrollment numbers in all the schools were still being tallied.
"That's a common practice," she added.
Vargo said if a parent has concerns, they can call Student Services Director MaryLou Hutchins at the board office.
A parent may opt to send their child to another school for various reasons, such as if a school offers different programs. For example, some schools have an after school care program, while others do not. Parents that work late may opt to send their child to a school with after care.
Vargo said the district's after care program is run by an outside company. It would be up to the company and Hutchins to determine if there was enough of a need for an after care program to be established at a particular school that doesn't already have it in place.
Vargo also said while the district continues to take out-of-state students, who are required to pay tuition, the state rules regarding class size also apply to them.