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Special Permission Applications Now Being Accepted through April 1, 2010

HAGERSTOWN, MD (February 1, 2010) – Special permission applications are currently being accepted for the Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) 2010-2011 school year from February 1 through April 1, 2010, according to Board of Education (BOE) Regulation JC-R.  Under the regulation, a student may be approved to attend a school outside his or her attendance area, under specific and limited circumstances.  Applications are available at every WCPS school, and should be submitted to the school where attendance is being requested.  The principal of the school receiving the application will render a decision no later than May 30, 2010. 

WCPS will strictly adhere to the policy’s established time frame for submission of special permission applications.  Applications received after April 1 will not be accepted unless a student’s circumstances have changed after the established time frame. Adherence to the time frame outlined in the policy is critical to ensure that schools are appropriately staffed and that class sizes are maintained at reasonable levels. Special permission applications are no longer required for students attending academies and magnet school programs.

As listed on the back of the special permission form, the reasons special permission may be granted include, child care; relocation within Washington County; a change of school boundaries (if the student is within one year of completion of elementary or middle school, or within two years of high school completion; or, a significant hardship is deemed to exist by the principal or the Office of Student Services.  When special permission is granted, transportation is the responsibility of the parent or guardian.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Services at 301-766-2960.

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