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La Canada USD |  AR  5116.1  Students

Intradistrict Enrollment Procedures   

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Selection Procedures

1. The Superintendent or designee shall identify those schools which may have space available for additional students. A list of these schools and centralized enrollment applications shall be available at the district office.

2. Students who submit applications to the district by May 27 shall be eligible for admission to their school of choice under the district's centralized enrollment procedure. When the completed application is received in the district office, it will be date and time stamped, establishing priority on the waiting list. First priority will go to:

a. Current students who live within the school's attendance boundaries but are currently attending other sites.

b. Siblings of new students who live within the school boundaries and have been enrolled at the school.

c. All other students whose applications have been submitted prior to May 27.

3. Students whose applications are received after May 27 shall be eligible for admission to their school of choice under the district's centralized enrollment procedure. When the completed application is received in the district office, it will be date and time stamped, establishing priority on the waiting list. First priority will go to

a. Applications received before May 27

b. Siblings of new students who live within the school's boundaries and have been enrolled at the school.

c. All other students in order of their date and time stamped applications.

4. The Superintendent or designee shall inform applicants by mail as to whether their applications have been approved, denied, or placed on a waiting list. If the application is denied, the reasons for denial shall be stated.

5. Applicants who receive approval must enroll within two weeks or be placed by the district in a school with space available.

6. Admission to a particular school shall not be influenced by a student's academic or athletic performance except insofar as academic standards are required for admission to specialized schools or programs such as programs for gifted and talented students. Such standards shall be uniformly applied to all students. (Education Code 35160.5)

7. Students who have been assigned outside their school of residence because of impacted classes will receive priority for returning to their school of residence the following year. Parents do not need to complete a request for intradistrict transfer. Parents who wish to stay at the school to which they were moved may do so by completing the request for intradistrict transfer.

8. Students who have moved from their school's area of residence to another neighborhood within the district may request to stay at their original school for the remainder of the year. The permission is granted for that year only. Requests can be made for additional years but will not be considered until after the first two weeks of school. Decisions will be based on available space. If there are more requests than spaces, a lottery shall determine the placement. Such families must re-apply each year by completing the REQUEST FOR INTRA-DISTRICT SCHOOL TRANSFER.

9. If a new family moves into a school's area of residence once the school year begins and encounters a closed grade level, students who are there on permission from another school's area of residence will not be moved out; the new family shall attend elsewhere for the remainder of the year but shall receive priority the following year. The registration officer in consultation with the Deputy Superintendent for Educational Services shall make the assignment to an alternate school when particular grade level at the school of residence is impacted.

Any decision to grant priority for attendance outside a student's current attendance area because of harmful or dangerous special circumstances shall be based upon one of the following: (Education Code 35160.5)

1. A written statement from a representative of an appropriate state or local agency, including, but not limited to, a law enforcement official, social worker, or properly licensed or register red professional psychiatrist psychologist, marriage, family and child counselor, or other professional.

2. A court order, including a temporary restraining order and injunction, issued by a judge.

Upon making such a finding, the Superintendent or designee may approve the student's transfer to a district that is at capacity and otherwise closed to transfers. (Education Code 35160.5)

Notifications

Notifications shall be sent to parents/guardians at the beginning of each school year describing all current statutory attendance options and local attendance options available in the district, including: (Education Code 48980)

1. All options for meeting residency requirements for school attendance

(cf. 5111.1 - District Residency)

(cf. 5111.11 - Residency of Students with Caregiver)

(cf. 5 111. 12 - Residency Based on Parent/Guardian Employment)

(cf. 5111.13 - Residency for Homeless Children)

2. Program options offered within local attendance areas

3. A description of any special program options available on both an interdistrict and intradistrict basis

(cf. 5117 - Interdistrict Attendance)

4. A description of the procedure for application for alternative attendance areas or programs and the appeals process available, if any, when a change of attendance is denied.

5. A district application form for requesting a change of attendance

6. The explanation of attendance options under California law as provided by the California Department of Education

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

Administrative LA CANADA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

approval: May 13, 2003 La Canada Flintridge, California