2019 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Younger, Carter, McDaniel
AN ACT TO REQUIRE SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO ACCEPT AN APPLICATION FOR ENROLLMENT AND COURSE REGISTRATION BY ELECTRONIC MEANS FOR ANY PUPIL WHOSE PARENT IS TRANSFERRED TO, OR IS PENDING TRANSFER TO, A MILITARY INSTALLATION WITHIN THIS STATE WHILE ON ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY PURSUANT TO AN OFFICIAL MILITARY ORDER; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. (1) Notwithstanding any provision of law, a pupil complies with the residency requirements for school attendance in a school district if the parent of the pupil is transferred to, or is pending transfer to, a military installation within this state while on active military duty pursuant to an official military order.
(2) A school district shall accept an application for enrollment and course registration by electronic means for a pupil who meets the requirements prescribed in subsection (1) of this section, including enrollment in a specific school or program within the school district.
(3) The parent of a pupil who meets the requirement prescribed in subsection (1) of this section shall provide proof of residence to the school district within ten (10) days after the published arrival date provided on official documentation. The parent may use the address of any of the following as proof of residence for the purposes of this subsection:
(a) A temporary on-base billeting facility.
(b) A purchased or leased home or apartment.
(c) Any federal government housing or off-base military housing, including off-base military housing that may be provided through a public-private venture.
(4) For the purposes of this section:
(a) "Active military duty" means full-time military duty status in the active uniformed service of the United States, including members of the National Guard and the State Military Reserve on active duty orders.
(b) "Military installation" means a base, camp, post, station, yard, center, homeport facility for any ship or other installation under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Defense or the United States Coast Guard.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2019.