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Interdistrict Attendance   

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The Board of Education recognizes that students who reside in one district may choose to attend school in another district and that such choices are made for a variety of reasons.

(cf. 0520.3 - Title I Program Improvement Districts)

(cf. 5111.12 - Residency Based on Parent/Guardian Employment)

(cf. 5116.1 - Intradistrict Open Enrollment)

(cf. 5118 - Open Enrollment Act Transfers)

Upon request by students' parents/guardians, the Superintendent or designee may approve interdistrict attendance permits on a case-by-case if the district of residence has entered into an agreement with Petaluma City Schools setting forth the terms and conditions under interdistrict attendance may be permitted, denied or revoked. (Education Code 46600(a)(1)

Interdistrict attendance permits may be granted for a maximum term of one school year, except as provided by law for students entering 11th or 12th grade. (Education code 46600(a)(4)) Parents/guardians may reapply for an interdistrict transfer for a subsequent school year but readmission is not guaranteed (Education Code 46600)

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that interdistrict permits inform parents/guardians of the terms and conditions for granting, denial, or revocation of the permit as well as the standards for reapplication.

The Superintendent or designee may deny interdistrict attendance permits because of overcrowding within district schools, program capacity, or limited district resources.


The district shall not provide transportation outside any school attendance area. However, upon request, the Superintendent or designee may authorize transportation for students living outside an attendance area to and from designated bus stops within the attendance area if space is available. Priority for such transportation shall be based on demonstrated financial need.

Legal Reference:


41020 Annual district audits

46600-46611 Interdistrict attendance agreements

48204 Residency requirements for school attendance

48300-48316 Student attendance alternatives, school district of choice program

48350-48361 Open Enrollment Act

48900 Grounds for suspension or expulsion; definition of bullying

48915 Expulsion; particular circumstances

48915.1 Expelled individuals: enrollment in another district

48918 Rules governing expulsion procedures

48980 Notice at beginning of term

52317 Regional occupational center/program, enrollment of students, interdistrict attendance


87 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 132 (2004)

84 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 198 (2001)


Walnut Valley Unified School District v. the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, (2011) 192 Cal.App.4th 234

Crawford v. Huntington Beach Union High School District, (2002) 98 Cal.App.4th 1275

Management Resources:


Transfer Law Comparison, Fact Sheet, March 2011



California Department of Education:


adopted: March 11, 1959 Petaluma, California

revised: April 8, 2008

revised: June 28, 2011

revised: May 14, 2013

revised: January 7, 2020