Students shall be required to attend the school in the attendance area in which their residence is located.  Students who wish to attend a school other than the one designated for their attendance zone of residence may apply for transfer when circumstances warrant.  All requests for transfer shall be in writing, and shall include reasons for the transfer as well as other pertinent information that the Board may require. The Superintendent shall consider for approval all requests for student transfer if such transfer is determined to be in the best interests of the student and the school system.  No school shall accept a student not residing in that school's attendance zone unless the student has an approved transfer request on file.  Any decision made by the Superintendent regarding the transfer of a student may be appealed to the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board for a final determination in accordance with state law.


When a student transfers to another school within the parish, the following procedure shall be followed:


  1. The original copy of the student's records or folder shall be sent to the principal of the school to which the student transfers.  This includes application for Free or Reduced Price Lunches.

  2. A copy of the student's transcript shall be kept in the principal’s office of the school being transferred from.  The date of the transfer shall be recorded on the transcript.

  3. An acknowledgment of receipt of student's records by the principal of the school the student is transferring to shall be signed and forwarded to the principal of the school the student transfers from.


Acknowledgment forms for receipt of students' records will be used by all principals.




Majority to Minority Transfers


The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board shall permit majority-to-minority transfers of students.  Such transfers involve the transfer of a student who is legally zoned at a school where his/her race is in the majority to another school where he/she would be in the minority race.  In accordance with any existing court order, such transfers are limited to students of African-American and Caucasian races.  Requests for majority-to-minority transfer shall only be accepted during the application period, which shall be designated and publicized parish-wide.  Only requests submitted during the application period shall be considered.  Approved transfers shall be effective for the following school year and become official after the student registers at the requested school, and once registered at the requested school, that child shall remain there for the entire year.


Transportation of students approved for majority-to-minority transfers shall be provided in the most cost effective manner possible.


Out-of-Parish Transfers


All students, upon entering the Pointe Coupee Parish public school system for the first time, shall be required to present a copy of their official birth records, social security card, health immunization records and a drop letter or packet from the previous schools to the school principal.  A copy of their report card or a similar document shall also be presented for the purpose of grade placement.  Should a student fail to furnish a grade placement document, he/she shall be placed at the grade level indicated by the parent until such document is secured.  The school principal has the responsibility of obtaining an official copy of the student’s transcript of grades from the school system previously attended for the purpose of verification of grade placement.


After the student has been placed at a grade level, with or without verification, he/she must meet all promotional criteria at that grade level for promotion.  All exceptions shall be referred to the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance for proper placement.


A student that fails a grade and transfers from the local public school system to another school outside the system cannot return in the same year in a grade higher than that which he/she left.  Students transferring into Pointe Coupee Parish school system from an unapproved school shall be administered a test for placement determination or a proficiency test in the case of a high school Carnegie Unit.




Students shall be required to attend school in accordance with statutory provisions.  Students may be permitted to withdraw from school however, if approved by the Superintendent and Board.  Such withdrawal must be in accordance with such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the Board.


Adopted:  December 7, 1976

Revised:  December, 2008

Revised:  September, 2001

Revised:  August, 2010

Revised:  April, 2002


Revised:  September, 2006




Ref:     La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:81, 17:105, 17:105.1, 17:106, 17:108, 17:109, 17:111, 17:221, 17:226, 17:227

Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators, Bulletin 741, Louisiana Department of Education

Board minutes, 9-28-06, 9-23-10


Pointe Coupee Parish School Board