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GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio – One little girl in Garfield Heights is stuck home alone every day because she is not allowed to go to school after moving to the district only weeks ago.

Monique Ball and her 10-year-old granddaughter, Jakeria Ball, moved to the Garfield Heights City Schools area in early August.

“I was excited to come home to start a new school, to meet new people and new teachers and everything,” said soon-to-be-fifth-grader Jakeria Ball. “Then I get here, and I figure out I’m not even going to school this week.”

After making an enrollment appointment with the district prior to the start of school, Monique Ball said they were not approved because of failure to provide a bill or bank statement with the new address.

According to the district’s enrollment policy, parents must show proof of residency in multiple ways.

“I also showed up with my signed lease,” Ball said. “I had my guardianship papers, power of attorney papers, birth certificate, social security records, withdrawal papers.”

Garfield Heights City School District requires proof of mail, too — like a utility bill, bank statement or insurance bill – with the new address on it.

“I called the gas company, and they told me they hadn’t even generated a gas bill yet,” Ball said.



Article Courtesy of WEWS News 5 Cleveland

First Picture Courtesy of Jill Brady and Getty Images

Second Picture Courtesy of Skynesher and Getty Images

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