Student Transfers, House Bill 251

House Bill 251 - Public School Choice (2020-2021)

Parent Notification - March 1, 2020

Under this state law, parents may request to transfer their child to another public school in the district for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, "if such school has classroom space available after its assigned students have been enrolled."

The Bibb County School District will determine "space available" in accordance with the capacity calculations approved by the United States District Court in the case of Adams, et al. v. Board of Education. Portable classrooms are not included in the calculations, and House Bill 251 transfers are not available for Pre-K.


If a parent request a transfer to a school that does not have the services required by the current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Individualized Accommodation Plan (IAP), the district is not required to develop those services, as long as they are available within the local school district. To determine the availability of specific services, contact the Program for Exceptional Children at 478-765-8705.

Any high school student transferring under this law is still subject to the eligibility requirements of the Georgia High School Association. The student must verify eligibility with the District Athletic Office at 478-765-8550 to determine if a transfer will result in the loss of eligibility;

Click here to read information about HB 251 before applying

All applications must be submitted between March 1 - March 31. Late submissions will not be accepted.

In May, a lottery will be held to select HB 251 transfers at Bibb County Board of Education, 484 Mulberry Street Macon, GA 31201

Letters, notifying parents of the status of their HB 251 transfer request, will be mailed to them by June 15, 2020. Students receiving HB 251 transfers will be given a period of 7 days to enroll at their receiving schools. After the given time period the transfer is no longer applicable and the student must remain at their zoned school.

Click here to submit HB 251 Application

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