Pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), district schools may be identified as
"persistently dangerous." Students attending schools identified as persistently dangerous or students
who were victims of a violent criminal offense on school grounds, as defined by state law, may
transfer to another school in the district, but transportation will not be provided.
Students transferring under this procedure will have the same access to classes and other activities
as other students enrolled in the school.
Buildings Identified as Persistently Dangerous
Students Eligible to Transfer
Students attending schools identified as persistently dangerous are eligible to transfer to another
district school if there is another school building in the district educating students in the student’s
grade level that is not identified as persistently dangerous and is otherwise available to take
Only students whose residence is in the attendance area of the school designated as persistently
dangerous are eligible to transfer pursuant to this procedure. The district is not obligated to provide
transportation to the chosen school.
A student is not eligible for the transfer program if he or she was assigned to a particular school by
court order or for disciplinary purposes or does not meet special eligibility criteria for the school
Students with disabilities, as defined by federal law, are eligible for the transfer program. The
district will work with parents/guardians to provide these students an appropriate program. In some
instances, students identified for services under the IDEA may only transfer after their individualized
education plan (IEP) has been modified by the IEP team.
In accordance with law, if a school is identified as persistently dangerous, the district will draft a
notice for parents/guardians of eligible students that details the transfer options to other schools in
the district. The notice will be mailed to parents/guardians in a timely manner and will instruct all
parents/guardians seeking to transfer their students to contact the district’s central office. The notice
will include a date by which the parents/guardians must notify the district.
The notice will also be included in the school enrollment packet, the student handbook and/or other
materials distributed at the beginning of the school year to students attending the identified school,
as well as disseminated through broader means such as the district’s website. The notice will be
provided in an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, in a language that
parents/guardians can understand.
Parents/Guardians interested in transferring their students to a school that is not identified as
persistently dangerous will be directed by district staff to the district’s central office. The
parent/guardian must fill out a written request and submit it in accordance with the deadline
established in the notice. Any written request received after the deadline may be processed for the
following school year, or the next semester if possible.
The central office will provide parents/guardians with a list of all schools to which their student is
eligible to transfer. This list will not include other schools designated as persistently dangerous or
schools with special eligibility criteria that the student does not meet, such as an alternative school.
The parents/guardians will make their selection in writing.
Changes to Residency or Status
If a student’s residence changes mid-year to the attendance area of a school not identified as
persistently dangerous, the student may remain in the school he or she transferred to until the end
of the school year.
If the school the student transferred from is removed from the list of "persistently dangerous"
schools, the student may continue to attend the school the student transferred to for the remainder
of the school year.
Parents/Guardians of students whose qualifying school was removed from the “persistently
dangerous” list will be notified in writing before the first day of school that they are no longer
eligible for the transfer program.
Victims of Violent Criminal Offense
Students Eligible to Transfer
Students who were victims of violent criminal offenses while on school property are eligible to
transfer to another district school, if available. The district will work with the students and
parents/guardians to assist in the selection of an appropriate school. The district may, but is not
obligated to, provide transportation services to the students.
“Violent criminal offenses” are the following:
1. Kidnapping under § 565.110, RSMo.
2. First degree assault under § 565.050, RSMo.
3. Forcible rape under § 566.030, RSMo.
4. Forcible sodomy under § 566.060, RSMo.
5. First degree burglary under § 569.160, RSMo.
6. First degree robbery under § 569.020, RSMo.
7. First degree arson under § 569.040, RSMo.
8. Second degree assault under § 565.060, RSMo.
9. Sexual assault under § 566.040, RSMo.
10. Felonious restraint under § 565.120, RSMo.
11. First degree property damage under § 569.100, RSMo.
12. First degree child molestation under § 566.067, RSMo.
13. Deviate sexual assault under § 566.070, RSMo.
14. Sexual misconduct involving a child under § 566.083, RSMo.
15. Sexual abuse under § 566.100, RSMo.
If a student is a victim of a violent criminal offense in a school that is not otherwise identified as
persistently dangerous, the district will notify the student’s parents/guardians and the student of the
option to transfer to another school in the district and provide additional information upon request.
The transfer may occur at any time during the school year.
Changes to Residency
If a student is a victim of a violent criminal offense and his or her residence changes mid-year to the
attendance area of a school other than the one where the crime occurred, the student may remain in
the school he or she transferred to until the end of the school year.
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St. Charles R-VI School District, St. Charles, Missouri
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