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House Bill 251

Parents/Guardians who live in Jackson County and want their children to attend a JCSS school other than the one for which the family’s residence is zoned may apply for a change through the process established by Georgia House Bill 251, Public School Choice Framework.

HB251, passed in 2009, allows a JCSS student to enroll in a school outside the defined attendance zone as long as the requested school has space available after all its assigned students have been enrolled. The student may then continue at that school through all the grades offered there (i.e., elementary, middle or high school), but another application must be made when the student advances to the next level.

Please be aware of the following stipulations regarding students within HB251:

If you are enrolling your child for kindergarten for the coming year and wish to request a school other than the one for which you are zoned, you need to participate in the springtime Kindergarten Round-Up at the school for which you are zoned and complete then submit the HB251 application form alongside your Kindergarten registration forms at that time.

  • If you are enrolling your child after Kindergarten Round-Up, please submit the HB251 application form at the school for which you are zoned.

If your child has a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Individualized Accommodation Plan (IAP), nothing in this framework requires the school to develop those services at the requested school as long as they are available elsewhere in the local school district.

Students whose HB251 applications are approved are not eligible for interscholastic competition for one year, per Georgia High School Association (GHSA) eligibility guidelines.

The parent/guardian is responsible for all the costs associated with transporting the student to and from the out-of-zone school. The school system will not provide transportation for these students, to or from any location, including homes of relatives or daycare centers located within Jackson County.

Please review the request application linked below for more information. Printed copies are available in the main office of any JCSS schools and at the Central Office/Board of Education office. Complete the application and return the document to the school you have selected under the Public School Choice Framework. The application deadline is June 15, and the Superintendent or designee makes the final decision on all requests. Responses are mailed to families by July 1.

For HB251 requests regarding the opening of new schools, the Jackson County School System will be accepting HB251 requests on an expedited manner from Dec. 1 to Dec. 31 during the school year prior to the opening of the new school. Those requests will be reviewed by district and school-level administration and a decision will be made and the families notified in January or February of the calendar year a new school is set to open. (Example: All west-side elementary schools and Heroes Elementary School requests will be taken Dec. 1, 2023 to Dec. 31, 2023. Families will be notified in January or February of 2024). 

Any House Bill requests received following the new-school window period will not be reviewed until July 1 of the year a new school will open. This is to allow JCSS administration to ensure adequate staffing based off the projected enrollment for a new school. 

When submitting a HB251 request regarding the opening of a new school, that form can be filled out via the paper version that is available below. Paper copies MUST be turned back into the the JCSS Central Registration Office or via email to