The Ripon Area School District will limit open enrollment into specific sections, such as special education.

   Last week Friday during a special session, the Ripon Area School Board unanimously agreed to do so, overturning a decision it made at its regular meeting held Monday, Jan. 20.

   At the time, the school district was recommending “to not deny non-resident open enrollment applications due to space availability,” stated the open enrollment document shared to board members.

   According to the recommendation given to the board, as a result of a rule issued by the Department of Public Instruction in December 2018, if the school district was to set limits on open enrollment seats, then it would no longer be able to enroll students during the alternative enrollment period.

   This would affect the increase of open enrollment the district has experienced this year because of Odyssey Academy of Virtual Learning. Open enrollment into the district has nearly doubled, from 131 in 2018-2019 to 223 in 2019-2020.

   The academy allows open enrollment any time of the year, but the new rule would prevent that if the district set limits on its open enrollment.

Read the full story in the Feb. 6, 2020 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.