In an effort to keep better tabs on students, parents of children who will not be returning next school year are required to provide verification to the Forsyth County school system.
This could include students whose families are moving to another district or out of state, or are opting for a private school or home schooling.
The requirement is part of the No Child Left Behind Act and the newly updated state department of education withdrawal rule.
An official request for records must be received in writing from the student’s new school. Parents who decide to home school must send a letter of intent to the district.
If the school system does not receive written requests or letters, the students in question will be reported to the state education department as dropouts.
If old enough, the students could then have their driver's license suspended for violating the Teenage Adult Driver and Responsibility Act.
While it’s a state and federal requirement, Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Buster Evans said the notification helps the system prepare for the future.
“To appropriately plan for the opening of a new school year, it is important that as early as possible we have an accurate student count, whether it is for new or departing students,” Evans said.
“The student enrollment drives teacher and support staffing, as well as support services such as transportation."
Recent estimates show the school system, whose current enrollment is about 36,000, is growing at a rate of about 1,700 students a year. That's the equivalent of a new high school, officials have said.
“We encourage parents of students that are withdrawing for relocation or other reasons to notify us of their transition so both we and the school district they are joining can adequately plan,” Evans said.