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Interdistrict Attendance

The Superintendent or designee may approve Interdistrict attendance permits for the following reasons:

1. To meet the child care needs of a student. Such students may be allowed to continue to attend district schools only as long as they continue to use a child care provider within district boundaries

2. When a student has a sibling(s) attending school in the receiving district, to avoid splitting the family's attendance

3. To allow a student to complete a school year when his/her parents/guardians have moved out of the district during that year

4. To allow the student to remain with a class promoting/graduating that year from an elementary, junior, or senior high school

5. To let high school seniors attend the same school they attended as juniors, even if their families moved out of the district during the junior year

6. 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 year in the district

7. When the student will be living out of the district for one year or less

8. When recommended by the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) 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)

9. When there is valid interest in a particular educational program not offered in the district of residence

10. To provide a change in school environment for reasons of personal and social adjustment

If a student has been determined by staff of the district of residence 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)

Interdistrict attendance permits or applications shall not be required for students enrolling in a regional occupational center or program. (Education Code 52317)

Elementary Schools (Grades K-5)

1. Academics: Students shall be proficient or higher on formal assessments, including report cards and benchmarks and students shall be making reasonable progress toward grade level proficiency

2. Behavior: The student shall have no suspensions in the prior three trimesters, shall have no more than three office visits in the prior three trimesters, and shall have no "N" or "U" citizenship marks on the most recent report card

3. Attendance: The student shall have no truancies and shall have no more than an average of one full-day absence, part-day absence, tardy, or late pick-up per month in the prior three trimesters

Middle Schools (Grade 6-8)

1. Academics: The student shall have a grade point average no lower than 2.0 and shall have no failing marks on the most recent report card.

2. Behavior: The student shall have no suspensions in the prior three trimesters, shall have no more than three unrelated disciplinary actions/consequences issued by the office in the prior three trimesters, and shall have no more than two "U" citizenship marks on the most recent report card.

3. Attendance: The student shall have no truancies and shall have no more than 10 absences in the prior three trimesters.

High Schools (Grades 9-12)

1. Academics: The student shall have an un-weighted grade point average no lower than 2.0 and shall have no failing marks on the most recent report card, shall have a cumulative un-weighted high school grade point average of no less than 2.0, and shall have sufficient credits to be on pace to graduate on time

2. Behavior. The student shall have no suspensions in the prior two semesters, shall have no more than three unrelated disciplinary actions/consequences issued by the office in the prior two semesters, and shall have no more than two "U" citizenship marks on the most recent report card

3. Attendance: The student shall have no truancies and shall have no more than ten absences in the prior two semesters

4. Once a student has been admitted to the district and has been enrolled in a school within the district, he/she shall not be required to annually reapply for an interdistrict transfer.

5. The status of all students on interdistrict transfers shall be reviewed annually according to the above mentioned criteria.

6. Students found to be in good standing on all criteria will have their permits renewed. Students who are not in good standing on one or more of the criteria may have their permits revoked.

7. Permits may be reviewed at the end of each grading term (trimester, K-8; semester, 9-12). Students who are not in good standing on one or more of the criteria may have their permit revoked at the end of the grading term.

8. Existing interdistrict attendance permits shall not be rescinded for students entering grade 11 or 12 in the subsequent school year. (Education Code 46600)

For students requiring specialized services, availability of such services and capacity in programs that provide such services shall also be considered in evaluating new applications and annual renewals for interdistrict attendance.

Site administration has the authority to allow interdistrict attendance for any student due to extenuating circumstances on a case-by-case basis.

Communication to Parents/Guardians

1. Prior to a permit being revoked, the parent/guardian shall receive no less than two written notices that the performance of the student does not meet one or more of the criteria for maintaining a permit.

2. If a permit is revoked at the end of a grading period during the school year, the parent/guardian shall receive notice of the revoking of the permit no less than one week prior to the last day of attendance for the student.

Appeal Process

The Bonita Unified School District (BUSD) appeal process for denied Interdistrict permits is as follows:

1. The parent/guardian may meet with the site principal to discuss extenuating circumstances. The site principal shall consider whether an exception to the standard criteria is appropriate.

2. If the site principal does not grant an exception, or if the parent/guardian believes the decision violated Board Policy and/or Regulations, the parent/guardian may meet with the Senior Director for Secondary Education. The Senior Director shall review the process to evaluate whether the process met the requirements of Board Policy and Regulations.

3. If the appeal to the Office of Secondary Education does not resolve the situation, the parent may meet with the Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services. The Assistant Superintendent shall review the process and the decision to determine whether an exception to the standard criteria is appropriate.

The Superintendent or designee may deny initial requests for interdistrict attendance agreements if the school's facilities are overcrowded at the relevant grade level and based on other considerations that are not arbitrary.

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.

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)

Choice Areas

The district may establish a set of addresses as a "Choice Area" within the existing boundaries of any school. Families with addresses within a Choice Area may choose to attend the school of residence, or may choose to attend an alternative school designated for that Choice Area.

Once a parent/guardian living within a Choice Area has chosen a school, the student must remain in that school for at least the remainder of the school year in which the student was initially enrolled. If the parent/guardian wishes to move the student to a different school within the school year, even to the other school option for the Choice Area, the parent/guardian must request an intra-district permit.

Choice Areas are as follows:

Choice Area School of Residence Alternative School of Choice

Area surrounding Allen Ave Lone Hill Middle and Ramona Middle or

Elementary School San Dimas High Bonita High

(Attachment 1)

Choice Area School of Residence Alternative School of Choice

Area east of Fruit St just below Roynon Elementary La Verne Heights Elementary

210 freeway

(Attachment 2)

Choice Area School of Residence Alternative School of Choice

Area west of Esperanza near Oak Mesa Elementary La Verne Heights Elementary

Live Oak Reservoir

(Attachment 3)

Choice Area School of Residence Alternative School of Choice

Area on Dan Dimas Canyon Rd Shull Elementary La Verne Heights Elementary

North of the golf course

(Attachment 4)

Choice Area School of Residence Alternative School of Choice

* Area south and west of San Lone Hill Middle and Ramona Middle or

Dimas Canyon/Arrow Hwy San Dimas High Bonita High

Regulation BONITA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

approved: June 22, 2016 San Dimas, California