Open Enrollment, enacted by the Oregon Legislature in 2011, created an additional enrollment option for students wishing to transfer between districts. The open enrollment statute contains a sunset provision, effective July 1, 2019.
What this means for districts and students:
- 2018-19 was the last school year for students to transfer through open enrollment.
- Districts should not go through the open enrollment procedure in the spring of 2019 and cannot enroll students through open enrollment in 2019-20.
- Any student who has transferred through open enrollment before the sunset remains a resident of the new district. ORS 339.133 contains language stating that the sunset does not affect the status of a person who transferred through open enrollment prior to the 2019-20 school year.
The Legislature may choose to extend the sunset during the 2019 legislative session. However, until the Legislature takes action, the sunset is still in effect and districts cannot enroll new students via open enrollment. Districts and students may still employ four other options for interdistrict transfers: interdistrict transfer; tuition; contract; and enrollment in a public charter school. These four options are explained on the Transfers Between Districts webpage.