Series 500

 Policy Title:   Promotion/Retention of Students            Policy No.  503

 Promotion and retention of students are academic decisions made by the district administration.  In general, children will be placed at the grade level at which they are best adjusted academically, socially, and emotionally.  Parents are encouraged to attend parent/teacher conferences and to utilize after school and summer school programming available through the district.

Children in elementary programs (grades Pre-K through 6th) will usually progress annually from one (1) grade to the next.  However, in cases where it is determined that retention is in a particular student’s best interest, he or she may be retained in the same grade for one (1) additional year.  Retention will be determined by the building principal, or, when applicable, by the student’s IEP or 504 team.  Parents may appeal the retention decision made by the principal by requesting reconsideration.  The principal shall have discretion to establish the procedure for reconsideration, but the procedure shall include receiving information provided by the parent(s) or guardian(s) and review by a committee consisting of the special education director, the testing coordinator, and one or more counselors from other schools within the district.  The decision of the principal on reconsideration shall be final and not subject to appeal.

Parents may utilize any rights pursuant to IDEA or 504 when the IEP or 504 team makes the decision regarding promotion or retention.

Parent(s)/guardian(s) shall be notified in writing by the building principal no later than April 15th of each school year if retention is being considered for their student for the ensuing year, after which the parent(s)/guardian(s) may request an opportunity to discuss the student’s academic, social, and emotional adjustment with the student’s teacher and/or the principal.  The parent(s)/guardian(s) shall be notified no later than May 15 of the final determination regarding retention of their child.  If the determination is made by the building principal, parent(s)/guardian(s) may request reconsideration of this determination no later than June 30.  The building principal shall make a final determination of the request for reconsideration within thirty (30) days of the request.

Parents are encouraged to be involved in their student’s education and progress and to utilize all available school programming to enhance the student’s educational progress.

 Legal Reference:  Idaho Code

Date of Adoption: August 20, 1973       

Revised 7/9/79, 3/9/92, 1/13/93, 8/9/2004