Atascadero USD | AR 5117 Students
Interdistrict Attendance Agreements and Permits
In accordance with an agreement between the Board of Trustees and the board of another district, a permit authorizing a student of either district to enroll in the other district may be issued upon approval of both districts.
The district shall post on its web site the procedures and timelines for requesting an interdistrict transfer permit, including a link to BP 5117 - Interdistrict Attendance. The posted information shall include, but is not limited to: (Education Code 46600.1, 46600.2)
1. The date upon which the district will begin accepting and processing interdistrict transfer requests for the following school year
2. The reasons for which the district may approve or deny a request, and any information or documents that must be submitted as supporting evidence
3. If applicable, the process and timelines by which a denial of a request may be appealed within the district before the district renders a final decision
4. A statement that failure of a parent/guardian to meet any timelines established by the district shall be deemed an abandonment of the request
5. Applicable timelines for processing a request, including the following statements:
a. For an interdistrict transfer request received by the district 15 or fewer calendar days before the commencement of instruction in the school year for which the transfer is sought, the district will notify the parent/guardian of its final decision within 30 calendar days from the date the request was received.
b. For an interdistrict transfer request received by the district more than 15 days before the commencement of instruction in the school year for which the interdistrict transfer is sought, the district will notify the parent/guardian of its final decision as soon as possible, but no later than 14 calendar days after the commencement of instruction in the school year for which transfer is sought.
6. The conditions under which an existing interdistrict transfer permit may be revoked or rescinded
Priority for interdistrict attendance shall be given to a student who has been determined by staff of either the district of residence or district of proposed enrollment to be a victim of an act of bullying as defined in Education Code 48900(r). (Education Code 46600)
(cf. 5131.2 - Bullying)
In addition, the Superintendent or designee may approve an interdistrict attendance permit for a student for any of the following reasons when stipulated in the agreement:
1. To meet the child care needs of a student only as long as the student's child care provider remains within district boundaries.
(cf. 5148 - Child Care and Development)
2. To meet a student's special mental or physical health needs as certified by a physician, school psychologist or other appropriate school personnel
(cf. 6159 - Individualized Education Program)
3. When a student has a sibling attending school in the receiving district, to avoid splitting the family's attendance
4. To allow a student to complete a school year when the student's parents/guardians have moved out of the district during that year
5. To allow students to remain with a class graduating that year from an elementary, junior or senior high school
6. To allow a high school senior to attend the same school attended as a junior, even if the student's family moved out of the district during the junior year
7. When the parent/guardian provides written evidence that the family will be moving into the district in the immediate future and would like the student to start the school year in the district
8. When a student will be living out of the district only for one year or less
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 problems which make it inadvisable for the student to attend the school of residence
(cf. 5113.1 - Chronic Absence and Truancy)
(cf. 5113.12 - District School Attendance Review Board)
10. When there is valid interest in a particular educational program not offered in the district of residence
11. To provide a change in school environment for reasons of personal and social adjustment
12. For parents, guardians, or other persons having control or charge of the pupil who are employed within the attendance boundaries of the Atascadero Unified School District.
An interdistrict attendance permit shall not exceed a term of five years. Each permit shall stipulate the terms and conditions established by both districts under which interdistrict attendance shall be permitted, denied, or revoked, and any standards for reapplication. (Education Code 46600)
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 based on other considerations that are not arbitrary. However, once a student is admitted, the district shall not deny continued attendance because of overcrowded facilities at the relevant grade level.
(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)
If a student's interdistrict transfer request is denied, the Superintendent or designee shall, in writing, notify parents/guardians of their right to appeal to the County Board of Education within 30 days from the date of the final denial. (Education Code 46601)
(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)
All notices to parents/guardians regarding the district's decision on any request for interdistrict transfer shall conform to the translation requirements of Education Code 48985, and may be provided by regular mail, electronic format if the parent/guardian provides an email address, or by any other method normally used to communicate with parents/guardians in writing. (Education Code 46600.2)
Pending a decision by the two districts or by the County Board on appeal, the Superintendent or designee may provisionally admit a student who resides in another district for a period not to exceed two school months, provided the district is the district of proposed enrollment. If the decision has not been rendered by the conclusion of two school months and the districts or County Board is still operating within the prescribed timelines, the student shall not be allowed to continue attending the district school to which the student was provisionally admitted. (Education Code 46603)
Students who are under consideration for expulsion or who have been expelled may not appeal interdistrict attendance denials or rescissions 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, the student shall not be required to reapply for an interdistrict transfer and shall be allowed to continue to attend the school of enrollment, unless reapplication standards are otherwise specified in the interdistrict attendance agreement. Existing interdistrict attendance permits shall not be rescinded after June 30 following a student's completion of grade 10 or for any student entering grade 11 or 12 in the subsequent school year. (Education Code 46600)
Regulation ATASCADERO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
approved: April 14, 2005 Atascadero, California
revised: September 14, 2009
revised: October 4, 2011
revised: December 11, 2012
revised: September 3, 2019