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502.1 Entrance Requirements: Evidence of Age

Series 500 - Student Personnel
Entrance Requirements:  Evidence of Age                 Code No. 502.1
A student shall not be admitted to kindergarten or kindergarten-prep unless he or she is five years old on or before the 15th day of September of the current year.
 A student shall not be admitted to first grade unless he or she is six years old on or before September 15 of the current year.
The board will require evidence of age and residency in the form of a birth certificate or other evidence before the student may enroll in the school district's education program.  It is within the discretion of the superintendent to determine what is satisfactory evidence for proof of age.
Prior to enrollment, the child must provide the administration with their health and immunization certificate.  Failure to provide this information within the time period set by the superintendent is reason for suspension, expulsion or denying admission to the student.  
Notes: School districts are without discretion to admit a student to kindergarten unless the child has attained the age of five on or before September 15 of the school year; not even if the child has been attending kindergarten in another state where earlier admission is allowed.  (Atty. General's Opinion, 7/2/79)
Special education services may be provided to children under five. 
Adoption    4-10-89
Review      7-17-89        3-8-99 6-10-19
Revision    10-10-94    01-08-09  6-10-19
Cross References: 602.6 
Legal References:  Constitution of Iowa, Art. IX, Sec. 7; 281.2(1);  282.3(1), (2), and (3)