Student Open Enrollment Information
The open enrollment process is available for families and students who reside outside of the Sisseton School District boundaries who wish to attend school in the Sisseton School District.
The 1997 South Dakota Legislature established for students enrolled in grades KG-12 an "enrollment options" program, commonly referred to as open enrollment. The law, which can be found at SDCL 13-28-40 through 13-28-47, requires the Department of Education to provide application forms for open enrollment to local schools.
More information and applications found here: https://doe.sd.gov/openenrollment.aspx
Minnesota residents are allowed to open enroll in a South Dakota school district that is contiguous to the Minnesota border. Please see information listed below.
Please Note: Athletic eligibility may be affected when taking the open enrollment option. Please contact the South Dakota High School Activities Association for further guidance.
Transportation is the responsibility of the parent for open enrolled students.
Open enrollment applications received after September 25, 2020 will not be eligible to attend until January, 2021.
Sisseton School District families who have open-enrolled their student into another public school district in MN or SD - PLEASE NOTE:
Effective July 1, 2018, if after the conclusion of the school year a previously open enrolled student wishes to return to their resident district the student must notify their resident district of their intent to return. This notification must be provided to the resident district on or before August 1st on a form provided by the Department of Education. The form is found here: https://doe.sd.gov/ofm/documents/Intent-Enroll.pdf
Although the statute prescribed an August 1st deadline, if the school board or boards determine that special circumstances exist, a student may be allowed to transfer to the resident district or assigned school after this deadline.