3105 - Student Enrollment

It is the policy of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, Bennington School District, Inc., Mount Anthony Union School District, North Bennington Graded School District, Pownal School District, Shaftsbury School District, and Woodford School District that any legal pupil who is a resident as defined in 16 VSA §1075 shall be eligible to attend school in the appropriate districts. The burden of proving residency or any other basis for entitlement to school enrollment or tuition assistance shall be on the student and/or his or her parent or guardian. Required documentation for proof of residency will be found in the administrative regulations for this policy. The residency of pupils under the care and custody of a state agency or child placement agency, children of homeless parents, children not under state custody who are eligible for special education and are placed as provided in 16 VSA §1075 (g), and emancipated minors shall be determined in accord with the requirements of VSA §1075 (c)-(h).

Parents or guardians of students who are residents of any SVSU district who are enrolled in a SVSU school and who move within the boundaries of the SVSU with 60 school days or less remaining in the school year may apply to the Superintendent or his/her designee for permission to finish the school year at that school. He/she shall consider the student’s age, attendance record during the year, progress in school, and other relevant factors when considering requests to remain enrolled in that school for the remainder of the school year. The appropriate boards shall be informed of the decision reached. Transportation to and from school will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

Questionable residency will be researched by the Superintendent or designee before being brought to the respective boards’ attention.

Any interested person or taxpayer who is dissatisfied with the decision of the board as to the pupil’s legal residence may appeal to the commissioner of education as provided in 16 VSA § 1075(b).

Legal Reference:
16 VSA §1073, et seq
16 VSA §1075 and
17 VSA §2122a

SVSU Policy 3105 warning and adoption dates

Administrative Procedures Policy #3105

Approved proof of residency documentation:

  • Two Proof of Residency documents are required for the primary household (one primary and one secondary proof); documents with a PO Box will not be accepted.

Primary proof of residency:
  • Mortgage Document, Renter’s Contract, Shelter Agreement, or Notarized Landlord Statement
  • Property Tax Bill with physical address
  • Homeowners/Renters Insurance Policy

Secondary proof of residency:
  • Current utility bill (i.e.: electric, landline phone, fuel, town water/sewer, cable/satellite, oil/propane)
  • Auto vehicle insurance policy or registration card
  • Government issued document (ie: Income Tax records, social security statement)
  • State issued letter (i.e.: Department of Children and Families, Medical/Health Insurance document)
  • Approved Voter Registration Letter from Town/City Clerk
  • Current paystub

Procedure for Student Enrollment for Pre-Kindergarten:
The SVSU Early Education Program provides high quality Pre-Kindergarten in partnership with regional early childhood centers. In accordance with Act 166, children ages 3, 4, or 5 by the SVSU eligibility date of August 31st (per Policy 5020) are eligible to enroll in a ten hour, publicly supported Pre-Kindergarten program either at a prequalified Pre-Kindergarten program in a public school, or a prequalified private provider or Head Start that partners with the SVSU to provide Pre-Kindergarten services.

There is a two-step process for Pre K enrollment:
  1. To enroll in Pre-Kindergarten, a completed SVSU enrollment packet and supporting documentation must be submitted to the Early Education Program office at 181 Orchard Road Bennington.
  2. As Act 166 allows parent choice in Pre-Kindergarten placements, parents must also complete an application and receive confirmation of registration into their program of choice in order for the child’s enrollment to be complete.

A child’s enrollment is not considered complete until both the SVSU enrollment packet is received, as well as confirmation of registration and placement in an early education program found on the SVSU Early Education Partner List. The list of Partner Programs may be found at http://www.svsu.org/#!early-childhood/c1re0

Enrollments will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, as of the date that the completed enrollment packet and supporting documentation is received. Since the Federal IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) requires the Local Education Agency to offer a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) within the Least Restrictive Environment for resident children found eligible for special education and related services, the district will prioritize prequalified Pre-Kindergarten education seats for children with IEPs (Individual Education Plans). If there are more students who want to enroll in Pre-Kindergarten than the number of seats available in any prequalified Pre-Kindergarten program, the district and private providers will meet with the local Building Bright Futures Council to develop a plan to expand capacity.