There are some schools that inform parents and students that they do not allow participation in online instruction at Primavera because the school does not allow concurrent enrollment. We believe this type of policy by a school undermines the purpose of the online instructions law and is likely a violation of enrollment and admissions laws. We have found that when challenged, most schools will back off of these types of statements and allow you to remain enrolled at their school, while participating in online instruction at Primavera.
Schools that tell you that your child is unable to attend Primavera or any other accredited online charter school because they do not allow concurrent enrollment is contrary to the law and likely contrary to the school’s own established policy. Not only would this be contrary to the online instruction laws, but it would also violate the enrollment laws, which require public schools to admit all children who meet the requirements of enrollment. A.R.S. § 15-816 and A.R.S. § 15-821. Charter schools are required to enroll pupils who submit timely applications, unless the number of applications exceeds the capacity of a program, class, grade level or building. A.R.S. § 15-184. Schools are also not allowed to be arbitrary in the application of their policies, so if your school is allowing some students and not others to enroll in online education at a school like Primavera, the school is likely being arbitrary in their application of the rules, which is a violation of the law.
Primavera has access to the current policy of most school districts and most of the policies are in compliance with Arizona’s law; however, many schools do not seem to tell parents and students what is in the written policy. Please ask us for a copy of your school district’s policy.