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FY2020 enrollment limits and actual funding
Special dispensation for siblings and students who have completed the terminal grade of sending/constituent choice districts
Resident students who move
Students who receive a commissioner-approved waiver of application deadlines
FY2018 enrollment limits and actual funding
A: The maximum student enrollment for FY2020 will be based on each district's FY2019 actual funded enrollment. Your FY2020 approved maximum cannot exceed this number (with the exception of special dispensations, and any choice students receive commissioner approved waivers). (See "Special dispensation for siblings and students from sending/constituent choice districts," below.) Final funding will be based on the district's actual projected enrollment submitted by the district on January 22, 2019.
A: Approved choice districts that did not enroll any choice students in FY2019 will be given an FY2020 enrollment maximum of 3.
Special dispensation for choice applicants who are siblings and students from sending/constituent choice districts
Q: Can I provide enrollment and receive choice funding in FY2020 for current choice students' siblings and students from sending choice districts who are applying to choice, even if I exceed the NJDOE's enrollment limit?
A: The answer is a qualified yes. Districts that give enrollment preference to choice applicants who have siblings currently attending the choice district (as specified in their posted enrollment policies and in their profile) may request a special dispensation from the state for an increase to their maximum choice enrollment. Similarly, choice districts that are in a formal sending/receiving or constituent relationship with another choice district and give enrollment preference to choice students who have completed the terminal grade of the sending district (as specified in their posted enrollment policies and in their profile) may request a special dispensation from the state for an increase to their maximum choice enrollment. Note that this dispensation will be given only if the district can demonstrate that all open seats have been filled with siblings and/or receiving students.
In order to get an accurate count of these students, districts should send communication to all their choice families and any receiving districts to ensure that these special case students submit choice applications by the application deadline of December 3, 2018.
The NJDOE will send out an email with instructions on requesting special dispensation after the Dec. 3 application deadline.
Resident students who move
A: Resident students who move before the application deadline of Dec. 3, 2018, need to apply for a seat in the choice–approved grades/programs and meet any program-specific criteria, like other choice applicants. However, resident students who move may be given enrollment preference if the district has adopted a preference policy for these students, as follows:
If resident students move and file choice applications for the following year prior to the deadline, the district will give them enrollment preference (i.e., accept them ahead of other non-preference applicants), provided there are choice seats available in the choice-approved grades/ programs and the students meet any program-specific criteria. However, no additional choice seats above the maximum will be approved by the NJDOE to accommodate these students. This policy needs to be included on the district profile and clearly posted on the district's website.
Resident students who move after the application deadline of Dec. 3, 2018, may apply as late applicants. Some districts have a policy that these students can be added to the front of the district's waitlist, provided the students will enroll in a choice-approved grade/program and they meet any program-specific criteria. However, no additional choice seats above the maximum will be approved by the NJDOE to accommodate these students. This policy needs to be included on the district profile and clearly posted on the district's website.
Note that resident students who move during the year must be allowed to continue to attend the district for the remainder of the school year, provided they are in the choice–approved grades/programs and they meet any program-specific criteria. These students will become temporary choice students for the remainder of the school year, and are eligible for choice transportation.
Students who receive a commissioner-approved waiver
A: Students who receive a commissioner-approved waiver are an exception to a district's enrollment maximum. If a district accepts a student with a waiver, the NJDOE will increase the district's enrollment maximum, if there is not an available choice seats to accommodate the student. However, funding for that student depends on when the student is enrolled. If the student is enrolled before the NJDOE choice enrollment data collection on 1/22/19, then the district will receive funding for that additional student in FY2020. If the student is enrolled after the NJDOE choice enrollment data collection, the district will not receive funding for that student in FY2020, but will receive funding in subsequent years.