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Open Enrollment is the process by which parents/guardians residing in an Iowa district may enroll their children into another Iowa school district under the terms and conditions of Iowa Code section 282.18 and 281--Iowa Administrative Code 17.
The deadline for students entering Grades 1–12 is March 1. The deadline for students entering kindergarten is September 1.
General Open Enrollment Contacts:
Open Enrollment to Approved Online Providers Contact:
- Janet Boyd
District Open Enrollment Billing Questions:
- Carla Schimelfenig
2021-22 Open Enrollment
Note: The 2021-22 Open Enrollment Handbook is currently being revised. Check back after September 1.
Parent/Guardian Open Enrollment Information - Provides parents and guardians with updated open enrollment information following several changes to Iowa law. This document is organized around the following topics: Application Information and Deadlines, Appeal Process, Athletic Eligibility, and Transportation
Updates Due to 2021 Legislation (House Files 228 and 847)
- House File 228 eliminates district implementation of a voluntary diversity plan as a reason to deny an open enrollment request. This change extends the 2021–2022 deadline for resident students in the five affected districts (Davenport, Des Moines, Postville, Waterloo, and West Liberty) to apply to open enroll to another district.
- 2021-2022 Iowa Open Enrollment Application for Diversity Plan Districts (only resident students of Davenport, Des Moines, Postville, Waterloo, and West Liberty)
- House File 847 adds “good cause” exemptions to apply for open enrollment after the March 1 deadline, expands athletic eligibility for open enrolled students, and introduces transportation and appeals process changes.
- House File 847 and Changes to Athletic Eligibility Guidance - Provides additional information related to a student’s eligibility to compete in varsity athletics after transferring between schools or school districts.