Students who currently attend a public school in New Orleans seeking to transfer after October 1 each year must participate in the Hardship Transfer process. This process must be initiated at your child’s current school.
Approved Hardship Transfers shall constitute a defined, documented hardship that will be alleviated in part or full by a change in school environments. Hardship Transfers are categorized as follows:
- Medical Hardship: May be granted in situations in which a child is experiencing an exigent medical issue that can be addressed by a change in school.
- Safety Transfers: May be granted in situations in which it is determined that a student’s continued presence in the school is unsafe for that student. The determination as to whether or not to grant a safety transfer must be made by EnrollNOLA / OPSB in consultation with the Student Hearing Office. Safety transfers may be evaluated all year on a case by case basis.
- Childcare Hardship: May be granted in situations in which a family’s circumstances, such as childcare, transportation, or after care have changed to the degree that a transfer is necessitated in order for the child to successfully and consistently attend a full-day school program. Even without a change in circumstance, a transfer may be granted when a child’s bus ride is in excess of 90 minutes if school personnel are not able to adjust the route to make the time on the bus less than 90 minutes.
- Transfer to a Specialized Program: May be granted in situations in which a parent/guardian is seeking specialized programming, and the transferring student’s IEP team is in agreement. The Special Education Coordinator at the desired school will determine whether the student is eligible to attend the program in question. Transfers to specialized programs may be evaluated all year on a case by case basis.
- Credit Acceleration and Recovery Specialized Transfer: May be granted in situations in which the student’s current school, desired accelerated model school, and parent / guardian are in agreement that a transfer to an accelerated program is in the best academic interest of the student, the transferring student is at least sixteen (16) years of age at the time of the request, is attending a traditional high school, and is either:
- Overage and under-credited for his / her grade, or
- At-risk of not graduating without intensive credit recovery
- Emergency Transfer: May be granted in other exceptional situations, on a case-by-case basis, in which the family of the transferring student, EnrollNOLA, and the sending school have agreed that it is in the best interests of the student to change school environments, and where documented on-site interventions to address the reason for transfer have failed.