Shawnee Mission unveils draft plan for open enrollment, which takes effect next year

If Shawnee Mission has space, the district must enroll any qualifying non-resident students who apply.

Students in a classroom at Mill Creek Elementary in Lenexa. File photo.

Open enrollment rules are now on the drawing board in the Shawnee Mission School District, as board members and administrators look for a way to adapt to a new Kansas law that requires school districts to accept out-of-district students as long as they have the space.

Other JoCo districts are crafting open enrollment plans, too

Shawnee Mission became the latest district this week to begin drafting policies to address the state’s new open enrollment policy, which will go into effect for the 2024-25 school year.

Officials in Blue Valley and De Soto have also begun to write new policies.