Section 500 Board Policy 503
RICHFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that admission of international students is in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and rules.
II. GENERAL STATEMENT OF POLICY
- The Board of Education endorses the admission of international students when permitted by federal and state laws and rules. Participation of students representing multiple languages and cultures can extend and enrich the learning of all students and promote cross-cultural understanding.
III. ATTENDANCE AND TUITION
A. Attendance on a Tuition-Free Basis
- International students under 21 years of age who meet one or more of the following criteria will be admitted to the Richfield Public Schools on a tuition-free basis.
a. The student is a resident of the Richfield school district or another Minnesota school district and has enrolled in accordance with the provisions of Board Policy 502, Resident and Non-Resident Student Enrollment.
b. The student has a J-1 visa and is attending school as part of an approved cultural exchange program.
c. The student has a J-2 visa and is the spouse or child of a foreign student in an approved cultural exchange program.
d. The student is homeless.
- Additional Considerations
a. In accordance with Minn. Stat. § 125A.03 (b), special education students who are residents are entitled to service from birth until age 22 until July 1, 2002. Effective July 1, 2002, resident special education students will be entitled to tuition-free enrollment from birth to age 21.
b. With the exception of international exchange students, the student may not have received a high school diploma or the equivalent.
c. The school district may not deny a free education to a student who is an undocumented immigrant if the student meets any of the above criteria.
B. Attendance on Paid Tuition Basis Not Allowed
- In accordance with Section 641 of the federal Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) of 1996 (Pub.L.104 – 208), only schools that have registered, paid an annual fee, and are approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may enroll international students seeking to study in the U.S. on a tuition basis, under a F-1 visa.
- Richfield Public Schools has not registered or been approved to enroll international students on a tuition basis.
IV. POST-SECONDARY ENROLLMENT OPTIONS PROGRAM
- Students born outside of the United States who reside in Minnesota with their parent/guardian and/or who are here under an immigrant visa are eligible to participate in the Post-secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEO), with the exception noted in Section IV.B below.
- International students enrolled in a district under a cultural exchange program are ineligible to participate in the PSEO Program.
V. ADMINISTRATIVE GUIDELINES
The superintendent is directed to develop administrative guidelines to assist in the implementation of this policy.
Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, Pub.L.No. 104-208, 110 Stat.3009. Minn. Stat. §120A.20, subd. 1
Minn. Stat. §124D.09, subd. 5
Minn. Stat. §125A.03 (b)
Minn. Stat. §126C.05, subd. 2
Cross References: Board Policy 502, Interdistrict Transfer Agreements
Administrative Guidelines 502.2, Notice to Parents/Guardians of Incoming Students
ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION: March 20, 2000
REVISED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION: March 20, 2006
ADOPTED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION: December 3, 2018