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District Transfer Committee Regulations

Transfers to and from the comprehensive high school are of two general types: (1) voluntary transfer, and (2) involuntary transfer. Transfers to the independent study high school are on a voluntary basis.

Meetings will be scheduled and held on an ongoing basis as needed. The meetings will be initiated from the school site that is requesting a transfer.

Members of the committee shall include the following positions:

* Principal(s), Associate Principal(s), or Assistant Principal(s) of the District High Schools

* Counselor(s) - if applicable

* District Psychologist(s) - if applicable

* Assistant Superintendent or Designee (Chairperson for involuntary transfers)

1. All requests for an involuntary transfer will be processed through the district transfer committee.

2. All requests are to be received by the chairperson of the committee's office no later than five days before the District Transfer Committee meets, unless otherwise determined by the Chairperson. Incomplete transfer requests may be returned. Individual students involved in transfer committee meetings will be notified by site personnel a minimum of five days prior to the Transfer Committee meeting.

3. The referring school shall provide the committee with the following:

a. Transfer Request/Continuation Form with the following attachments:

(1) Copy of transcript and current progress reports.

(2) Attendance summary (date of referral from multi-disciplinary team, date of referral to SARB when applicable).

(3) Discipline summary.

(4) Written notice of intent to recommend transfer addressed to parents/guardians.

(5) Copy of pertinent information from CUM folder, if applicable.

(6) Written conditions for previous involuntary transfer if applicable.

b. Current schedule with withdrawal grades and credit totals as of date of transfer to be sent to the receiving school when the student enrolls in the new school.

4. The District Transfer Committee shall discuss and implement the following conditions and requirements:

a. Students involuntarily transferred to the district continuation school who subsequently voluntarily transferred to the alternative high school or independent study may not transfer directly back to the comprehensive high school. They may transfer to the continuation high school.

b. Students who voluntarily transferred from the comprehensive high school, not covered by (4.a.) an alternative high school may return to the comprehensive high school under the following conditions:

(1) Student earned credits as outlined in the alternative school contract.

(2) Student must be actively enrolled in the alternative school.

(3) Transfers will only occur at the end of each semester.

c. Students enrolled in a district high school may not acquire more than 45 credits in a semester without prior approval of the site principal.

d. Students transferring from the continuation school must achieve the following to return to the comprehensive high school:

(1) Must attend the continuation school for a minimum of 10 weeks.

(2) Student must maintain a positive 90 percent attendance record and a good discipline record.

(3) Student must successfully engage in academic coursework and earn 25 credits in the semester prior to transfer.

(4) Transfers will only occur at the end of a semester.

The Principal of the comprehensive high school and Committee Chairperson may waive the requirement if extenuating circumstances exist.

At the hearing, the student and/or the student's parent or guardian shall be informed of the specific facts and reasons for the proposed transfer, and shall have the opportunity to inspect all documents relied upon, question any evidence and witnesses presented and present evidence on the student's behalf. The student may designate one or more representatives and witnesses to be present with him or her at the meeting.

The student, the student's parents/guardians and/or the student's designated representative may address the committee on the evidence and the appropriateness of the transfer. The committee under some circumstances, may want to postpone the hearing until legal counsel is present to represent the school district.

None of the persons involved in the final decision to make an involuntary transfer of a student to a continuation school shall be a member of the staff of the school in which the student is enrolled at the time that the decision is made. (Education Code 48432.5)

Final Decision

A final decision will be rendered at the conclusion of the hearing and the parties involved will be notified at the time. Written communication will also be mailed out to the parties involved to notify them of the decision. This communication could include any or all of the pertinent items listed below:

1. The student (a) committed an act enumerated in Education Code 48900, or (b) has been habitually truant or irregular in attendance.

2. A review of all documents presented at the time of the hearing.

3. The appropriateness of the transfer request.

4. The timeliness of the transfer request.

5. Provide a time that the student can report for enrollment at the continuation high school.

The Committee's decision to approve a request for transfer to the continuation high school shall be in writing, stating the facts and reasons for the decision. Sometimes the conditions for return to the comprehensive high school shall also be included.

If the Committee approves an involuntary transfer request, the appropriate materials will be promptly forwarded to the receiving school.

Jurisdiction of a student is transferred when the receiving school is notified of the decision by the District Transfer Committee.

Annual Review/Return to Comprehensive School

The Transfer Committee will also accept and review requests for transfer to be effective at the end of the fall semester. Such transfer shall take place at the beginning of the next semester, and, at the discretion of the committee, may include a probationary period.

Involuntary transfer to a continuation school shall be imposed only when other means fail to bring about student improvement; provided that a student may be involuntarily transferred the first time he/she commits an act enumerated in Section 48900 if the principal determines that the student's presence causes a danger to persons or property or threatens to disrupt the instructional process. (Education Code 48432.5)

No involuntary transfer to a continuation school shall extend beyond the end of the semester following the semester during which the acts leading directly to the involuntary transfer occurred unless the local Board adopts a procedure for yearly review of the involuntary transfer conducted pursuant to this section at the request of the student or the student's parent/guardian. (Education Code 48432.5)

The principal of the continuation school shall annually review in May and November all current students who were involuntarily transferred to the school. The principal's findings and recommendations shall be submitted to the District Transfer Committee. (Education Code 48432.5) Students will be expected to meet criteria listed in Section 4d of AR 5118.1.

A student who has voluntarily transferred to the continuation high school shall have the right to return to comprehensive high school at the beginning of the following year and may return at any time with the consent of the District Transfer Committee Chairperson, who will consult with the principal of the comprehensive high school. (Education Code 48432.5)

Students participating in independent study shall have the right continuously, to enter or return to the regular classroom mode of instruction. Students wishing to return to this mode of instruction after the first three weeks of the semester will be enrolled at the continuation high school. (AR 6158)


approved: December 12, 2000 Delano, California

revised: October 10, 2017