Alhambra USD | AR 5117 Students
Interdistrict Attendance Permits
In accordance with an agreement between the Governing Board and the board of another district, a permit authorizing a student's attendance outside his/her district of residence may be issued upon approval of both the district of residence and the district of proposed attendance. A release signed by the appropriate district official is evidence of approval by the district of residence.
The Superintendent or designee shall consider and may grant, on a case-by-case basis, requests for interdistrict attendance agreements for either incoming or outgoing students, when the following circumstances apply. Consideration will be given to the benefits and/or hardships affecting the particular student and/or family as well as to the needs of the district. Appropriate documentation will be required to support the application.
1. When the student has been determined by staff of either the district of residence or district of proposed attendance to be a victim of an act of bullying as defined in Education Code 48900(r). Such a student shall be given priority for interdistrict attendance under any existing interdistrict attendance agreement or, in the absence of an agreement, shall be given consideration for the creation of a new permit (Education Code 46600)
(cf. 5131.2 - Bullying)
2. To meet the child care needs of the student in Grades K-5. Local resources for child care shall be considered first, including no cost services operated by the district. This permit will only be granted when childcare programs within district, such as ASES and Options, and childcare programs adjacent to the school have been researched by the parent and reasons for excluding them submitted. After local options have been exhausted, students will be granted a permit or have a permit renewed for purposes of child care with validation of child care within the attendance area of the requested school/district. Such a student may be allowed to continue to attend in the requested district only as long as he/she continues to use a child care provider within the requested district's boundaries
3. To meet the student's special mental or physical health needs as certified by a physician, school psychologist, or other appropriate school personnel. A valid current letter from a physician, mental health provider or school personnel must validate this request
(cf. 6159 - Individualized Education Program)
4. When the student has a sibling attending school in the receiving district, to avoid splitting the family's attendance
5. To allow the student to complete a school year when his/her parents/guardians have moved out of the district during that year
6. To allow the student to remain with a class graduating that year from an elementary, middle, or senior high school
7. To allow a high school senior to attend the same school he/she attended as a junior, even if his/her family moved out of the district during the junior year
8. When the parent/guardian provides written evidence, such as escrow documents or a rental agreement, that the family will be moving into the district in the immediate future and would like the student to start the year in the district
9. When recommended by the school attendance review board or by county child welfare, probation, or social service agency staff in documented cases of serious home or community issues which make it inadvisable for the student to attend the school of residence
(cf. 5113.1 - Chronic Absence and Truancy)
10. When a valid, well defined and articulated curricular program is offered as part of the requested district's core program and is not offered in the district of residence, and the student can demonstrate acceptance into that program for the requested year
11. To provide a change in school environment for reasons of personal and social adjustment as reviewed and approved by the district
Interdistrict attendance agreements or applications shall not be required for students enrolling in an ROC or ROP program. (Education Code 52317)
Transportation is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
The Superintendent or designee may deny initial requests for interdistrict attendance permits due to limited district resources, overcrowding of school facilities at the relevant grade level, or other considerations that are not arbitrary. However, once a student is admitted, the district may not deny him/her continued attendance because of overcrowded facilities at the relevant grade level.
(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)
Within 30 days of a request for an interdistrict permit, the Superintendent or designee shall notify the parents/guardians of a student who is denied interdistrict attendance regarding the process for appeal to the County Board of Education as specified in Education Code 46601. (Education
(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)
Pending a decision by the two districts or an appeal by the County Board, the Superintendent or designee may provisionally admit a student who resides in another district for a period not to exceed two school months. (Education Code 46603)
Denial or Revocation of an Interdistrict Transfer Agreement
The Superintendent, designee may deny an initial incoming request for interdistrict attendance on the basis of the submission of false or misleading information, poor attendance and/or tardiness, unacceptable behavior, unsatisfactory achievement or an unwillingness on the part of the parent/guardian or student to cooperate with school officials.
If the Superintendent or designee revokes an incoming interdistrict transfer because of the submission of false information; the student demonstrates poor attendance and/or tardiness, unacceptable behavior, unsatisfactory achievement; there is insufficient space available to accommodate the student's enrollment; there is an unwillingness to cooperate with school officials by the student or parent/guardian; or if any other reasons exist as determined by Education Code or school district practices, the parent/guardian will be notified in writing in his/her primary language, regarding the reason for the permit revocation and of his/her right to appeal the permit revocation. This notice shall be sent by certified and U.S. mail and shall state the parent/guardian's right to schedule a meeting within 10 school days of the postmarked date, to call and schedule a meeting with the Assistant Superintendent or designee to inspect supporting documents, rebut district evidence, question any district witnesses, and present oral and/or documentary evidence, including witnesses, on the student's behalf. For good cause, the Assistant Superintendent or designee may extend the scheduling time frame for the meeting date.
If the parent/guardian fails to contact the school or schedule the above meeting, the student's enrollment shall be revoked 11 school days after the postmarked date of the notice.
If the above meeting is held, the Assistant Superintendent or designee shall prepare a written decision describing his/her findings in the parent/guardian's primary language and sent by certified and U.S. mail. If the appeal is denied, the notification of revocation shall be effective five school days from the postmarked date of the letter. The Assistant Superintendent's or designee's decision shall be final. During the appeal the student shall remain enrolled.
The parent/guardian may appeal the district denial or revocation of interdistrict transfers, to the County office. The parent/guardian of a student who is denied a transfer requested pursuant to Education Code 46600-46611 shall receive timely notice in accordance with law, regarding the process for appeal to the County Board of Education. This notice shall be provided by the district denying the request, or, in the absence of an agreement between the districts, by the district of residence.
Students who are under consideration for expulsion or who have been expelled may not appeal interdistrict attendance denials or decisions while expulsion proceedings are pending or during the term of the expulsion. (Education Code 46601)
(cf. 5119 - Students Expelled from Other Districts)
(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)
Once a student is admitted to a school on the basis of an interdistrict attendance permit, he/she shall not be required to reapply for an interdistrict transfer and shall be allowed to continue to attend the school and/or educational program in which he/she is enrolled, unless reapplication standards are otherwise specified in the interdistrict attendance agreement. A change of school or educational program will require a new application. Existing interdistrict attendance permits shall not be rescinded for students entering grade 11 or 12 in the subsequent school year. (Education Code 46600)
The district may accept any completed coursework, attendance, and other academic progress credited to an accepted student by any district(s) he/she has previously attended and may grant academic standing to the student based upon the district's evaluation of the student's academic progress. (Education Code 48309)
(cf. 6146.3 - Reciprocity of Academic Credit)
Regulation ALHAMBRA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
approved: June 1, 2010 Alhambra, California
revised: September 16, 2014