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Exeter USD |  AR  5117.1  Students

Interdistrict Attendance Permits   

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The Superintendent or designee may, but are not required to, approve interdistrict permits for the following reasons when the pupil or his/her parent or guardian establishes to the satisfaction of the district, through appropriate documentation, that one of the following conditions exists:

1. To meet the child care needs of the 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. To meet the 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. The student has sibling(s) attending school in the Exeter Union / Exeter Union High School District.

4. The student wishes to complete a school year when the parent / guardian has moved out of the district during that year.

5. To allow the student to remain with a class graduating that year from elementary, middle, or high school.

6. To allow a high school seniors to attend the same school he/she attended as a juniors, even if his/her family moved out of the district during the junior year.

7. The parent/guardian provides written evidence that the family will be moving to the district in the immediate future and the student wishes to start the school year in the district.

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

9. The School Attendance Review Board or social services agencies document serious home or community problems which make it inadvisable for the student to attend the school of residence.

10. A specialized or unique educational program or service is unavailable in the district of residence. The educational program is a series of courses (not a single course) significantly related to the student's career objectives or critical to his/her well-being and not based solely on student interests, desires, or extracurricular activities/athletics.

Once a student is enrolled in a school, he/she shall not be required to reapply for an interdistrict transfer and shall be allowed to continue to attend the school in which he/she is enrolled, unless reapplication standards are otherwise specified in the permit. Existing interdistrict attendance permits shall not be rescinded for students entering grades 11 or 12 in the subsequent year. (Education Code 46600)

The Superintendent or designee may deny initial requests for interdistrict attendance permits if the school's facilities are overcrowded at the relevant grade level and based on other considerations that are not arbitrary. However, once a student is admitted, his/her continued attendance may not be denied because of overcrowded facilities at the relevant grade level.

Grounds for Denying or Revoking Interdistrict Attendance Permits

The district may refuse to issue an interdistrict attendance permit if:

1. Educating the student would result in additional cost to the district in excess of state funds.

2. The student, either while previously attending school in the district or while attending school in another district, failed to meet the reasonable standards of Exeter Public Schools relating to behavior, attendance or diligence to studies.

3. Space is not available for out-of-district students in the grade or program requested based on current or anticipated enrollment in said grade/program.

4. The student fails to satisfy such criteria as the district may establish which shall not be based on race, ethnicity, gender or parent income.

5. The student is under consideration for expulsion or has been expelled from another school district. The parent/guardian or student must inform the district to which an interdistrict transfer is being requested of the student's status in regard to expulsion. When asked to supply information about an expulsion or possible expulsion, the expelling district is required to respond within five days of receiving the request.

6. The number of transfers out of the district exceeds 3% of the current estimated ADA.

A student's interdistrict permit may be revoked during the term of the agreement or at the end of the school year due to:

1. Excessive truancy or tardiness.

2. Excessive absences (excused or unexcused) which disrupt the educational program of the student.

3. Continual disruption of the educational program (disciplinary issues).

4. Poor academic achievement; lack of diligence to studies.

5. Falsification of information stated on the permit application.

The parent/guardian of a student who is denied an interdistrict transfer for the current term shall be informed within 30 days of his/her right to appeal the decision to the Governing Board and to the Tulare County Board of Education as specified in Education Code 46601. (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 expulsion. (Education Code 46601)

Criteria Used by Board When Considering an Appeal Request

Criteria which may be used by the board in arriving at a decision include the following:

1. The district of residence does not offer the educational program desired by the parent, and the district of desired attendance offers such a program.

2. If a severe hardship upon the parents and pupil will result if the pupil is required to attend in the district of residence.

3. A substantial danger to the pupil's health or safety will be removed or mitigated by granting the appeal.

4. Documentation must be presented by the parents on any or all of the above.

Interdistrict Attendance Procedure

1. Students wishing to transfer from Exeter Union/Exeter Union High School District must complete an interdistrict attendance request which is obtained from the district office.

2. Students wishing to transfer into Exeter Union/Exeter Union High School District must complete a form provided by their district of residence.

3. Applications will be accepted after June 1 for the school year beginning in August and will be processed in the order received.

4. Secondary students wishing to transfer into the Exeter Union High School District must meet requirements for entry into high school. Approval of the interdistrict attendance request will be based on space available in the program indicated by the assessment results.

(cf. 6146.3 - Formal Admission Criteria for Entry to High School)

5. If the district of residence approves the transfer, an agreement/permit will be issued, signed by an authorized representative of the district.

6. If either the district of residence or the receiving district denies the request, it will advise the parent/guardian in writing of the reason(s) for the denial and advise the parent/guardian of the appeal procedures.

7. If appealed to the Tulare County Board of Education, the county board will advise each district of the time limits for submission of written materials for its consideration and the date the appeal will be considered. The County Board will decide the appeal within 30 days unless an extension is needed.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

48200-48204 Agreements for interdistrict attendance

48980 Notification of parent/guardian

ADMINISTRATIVE BYLAW

2768 Enrollment, parent employment

Regulation EXETER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

approved: August 23, 2011 Exeter, California