Public School Choice Information – House Bill 251

Announcement of House Bill 251 Application Period for 2019-2020 School Year

February 1 – March 29, 2019

A parent or guardian who resides in the Hall County School District may request to transfer his or her child to another public school in the school district for the upcoming 2019 – 2020 school year.

As a parent or guardian, you can request to have your child transferred to another public school within the school district as long as the district has determined that there is available classroom space at the school you requested. If you choose to transfer your child to another school in the district, the law requires you to assume all costs and responsibilities related to the transportation of your child to and from the school.

If a parent requests a transfer to a school that does not have the services required by the current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Individualized Accommodation Plan (IAP), HB 251 does not require the school to develop those services as long as they are available within the local school system. Students who transfer under HB 251 are subject to GHSA eligibility requirements.

For your convenience, the district’s list of potential schools with available classroom space for the upcoming school year is below. In order to process your request, you will need to complete and submit the “HB 251 Transfer Request Form.” Requests for transfers must be submitted to the school district between February 1 – March 29, 2019. Please submit the completed form to Mr. Kevin Bales, 711 Green Street, Gainesville, GA 30501.

In the event a particular school has available space and the number of transfer requests exceeds the remaining available capacity, transfer requests will be reviewed and approved or denied on the basis of a lottery. Once available classroom space is reached at a school, no more transfers will be accepted at that school.

If you have questions regarding this procedure, please contact Mrs. Joy Morris with the Teaching and Learning department at 770-534-1080.

House Bill 251 (HB 251) Timeline
February 1 – March 29, 2019 HB 251 Applications accepted
On or before April 15, 2019 Parents notified of HB 251 application decision
April 22, 2019 Date by which parents accept transfer


House Bill 251 – Letter to Parents: 2019-2020

HB 251 -Letter to Parents – 2019-2020_Spanish

House Bill 251 – Procedure for Implementing: 2019-2020
HB 251 – Procedure for Implementing 2019-2020_Spanish

House Bill 251 List of Schools with Potential Space: 2019-2020

House Bill 251 List of Schools with Potential Space: 2019-2020 Spanish

House Bill 251 Transfer Request Form: 2019-2020

House Bill 251 Transfer Request Form: 2019-2020 Spanish