La Canada USD | AR 5111.12 Students
Residency Based On Parent/Guardian Employment
District residency status may be granted to a student if at least one parent/guardian is physically employed within district boundaries. (Education Code 48204)
(cf. 5111 Admission)
(cf. 5111.1 District Residency)
Applications for Admission
Applications for enrollment based upon parent/guardian physical employment (including a list of all required documentation and due date) are made available according to the application timelines established by the Superintendent or designee. Applications shall be accepted as a completed package only. Completed applications will be date and time stamped. Applications filed after the deadline will not be accepted.
When applying for his/her child's admission to a district school based on physical employment, the parent/guardian shall provide proof of physical employment within the boundaries of the La Canada Unified School District. Parents who meet one of the criteria below are eligible to apply:
1. The parent is physically employed within the La Canada Unified School District boundaries for at least 10 hours (on average) per week.
2. The parent is a registered business owner who physically works for at least 10 hours per week in a commercial space within the boundaries of the La Canada Unified School District.
The Governing Board may deny enrollment based on parent/guardian physical employment if any of the following circumstances exists:
1. Classes or caseloads or services that appropriately serve the student at a given grade level, school level, or district level, exceed limits as defined in AR 5111 .
2. Other circumstances exist that are not arbitrary. (Education Code 48204)
If the District denies the student admission for any of the above reasons, the Superintendent or designee shall notify the parent/guardian in writing of the District's decision, including specific reasons for the denial.
Students enrolled in the District on the basis of parent/guardian employment shall not be required to reapply for enrollment in subsequent school years. Such students may continue to attend school through the 12th grade, if at least one of the student's parents/guardians continues to be physically employed within District boundaries. (Education Code 48204)
Parents will be required to verify continued employment annually at a minimum, or more often when the District has reason to believe the parent's employment location has changed.
1. Evidence of employment within the La Canada Unified School District boundaries will include a paycheck stub and a letter from the employer listing an actual address within district boundaries, and verifying the number of hours per week that the employee physically works at that address.
2. Evidence of business ownership will include a current business license issued by the City of La Canada, a lease-agreement for the commercial business location and other supporting documents as deemed appropriate by the Superintendent/designee, including but not limited to documentation listing an actual address within district boundaries, and verifying the number of hours per week that the business owner physically works at that address.
Parent or Guardian shall notify the district immediately if the location of the parent or guardian's employment changes, even if it remains within district boundaries. If parent or guardian is no longer physically employed within District boundaries, the student shall be disenrolled from the district as of the first day of the trimester (TK-6) or semester (7-12) following the date the parent or guardian is no longer physically employed within the boundaries of the district, including but not limited to the date the City of La Canada business license is no longer valid, the parent is no longer the owner of the business, or physical employment location is no longer within the boundaries of the La Canada Unified School District.
If, after giving timely notice of a change in physical employment to the District, parent or guardian provides sufficient evidence that he or she has actually resumed the same or more hourly physical employment within district boundaries prior to the date of student's disenrollment, the student shall remain enrolled pursuant to the original grant of admission.
If parent or guardian resumes physical employment within district boundaries after the date of student's disenrollment, the parent/guardian may reapply for admission to the district based upon the parent/guardian's physical employment during the next application period and shall be treated as a new applicant.
When there is reason to believe that physical employment within District boundaries has been falsely reported or that parent/guardian has failed to notify the District of a change in physical employment status and/or location within district boundaries, a district official or contractor may investigate as stated in Board policy to determine if the parent does in fact physically work at that address for the number of hours specified in the application.
If the Superintendent or designee determines that a student's enrollment is based on false evidence of physical employment and/or that the parent/guardian no longer is physically employed within the district as stated in the student's application, the Superintendent or designee shall provide the parent/guardian with written notice of the student's immediate disenrollment, including the facts leading to the decision to disenroll the student. This notice shall state the parent/guardian's right, within ten school days, to appeal the matter to the Superintendent/designee.
The burden shall be on the parent/guardian to show why the district's determination to deny enrollment should be overruled. (Education Code 48204.2)
On appeal, the Superintendent or designee shall review any evidence provided by the parent/guardian or obtained during the school's investigation and shall make a decision. If the Superintendent or designee, upon investigation, denies the student's enrollment in the district, his/her determination shall be final.
A student who is currently enrolled in the district shall be allowed to remain in attendance at his/her school pending the results of the appeal to the Superintendent or designee. A student who is not currently enrolled in the district shall not be permitted to attend any district school unless his/her appeal is successful.
If parent or guardian has obtained new or resumed physical employment within district boundaries after ceasing the prior physical employment that provided the grounds for the initial admission decision, this alone shall not constitute grounds to overturn the disenrollment decision if the parent/guardian failed to notify the District of a prior change in employment status. However, the parent/guardian may reapply for admission to the district based upon the parent/guardian's employment during the next application period and student shall be treated as a new applicant.
Administrative LA CANADA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
approved: March 2, 2018 La Canada Flintridge, California