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JGAA - School Entrance Age and Initial Placement

  

 

Book: J

Section: Students

Title: School Entrance Age and Initial Placement

Code: JGAA

Status: Active

Adopted: January 4, 1995


 

SCHOOL ENTRANCE AGE AND INITIAL PLACEMENT

 

In accordance with state education laws, a child who has reached age five by October 15 is eligible to enroll in school. Portland Public Schools permits five-year-olds (by October 15) to be placed in a developmentally appropriate kindergarten program, with the specific placement assigned by designated school staff after screening, consultations, and communication with parents or legal guardians.

 

Once a child has enrolled in school, every effort will be made to assure appropriate placement. A parent or legal guardian may appeal a five-year-old’s placement decision within 20 days after entering school by requesting, in writing, a review to the building principal. In the event of a parent or teacher placement request, a school based education team consisting of a kindergarten teacher, administrator, and other appropriate staff may consider another placement in accordance with the following criteria:

 

A.        Social;

 

B.        Emotional;

 

C.        Physical and motor skills;

 

D.        Intellectual; and

 

E.         Aesthetic and artistic.

 

Should the parents or legal guardian wish to appeal the decision of the school-based education team, they may appeal to the director of elementary education within 14 days of the school-based decision through a written request.

 

Legal

20-A MRSA § 5201

 

Cross References

JFAA - Admission of Resident Students

JFAB - Admission of Non-Resident Students

IKE - Promotion and Retention of Students

JGAA - School Entrance Age and Initial Placement.pdf (13 KB)

 

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