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District Residency   

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Cautionary Notice 2010-13: AB 1610 (Ch. 724, Statutes of 2010) amended Education Code 37252.2 to relieve districts from the obligation, until July 1, 2013, to perform any activities that are deemed to be reimbursable state mandates under that section. As a result, certain provisions of the following policy or administrative regulation that reflect those requirements may be suspended.

Criteria for Residency

A student shall be deemed to have complied with district residency requirements if he/she meets any of the following criteria:

1. The student's parent/guardian resides within district boundaries. (Education Code 48200)

(cf. 5111.13 - Residency for Homeless Children)

(cf. 6173 - Education for Homeless Children)

2. The student is placed within district boundaries in a regularly established licensed children's institution, a licensed foster home, or a family home pursuant to a court-ordered commitment or placement. (Education Code 48204)

(cf. 6173.1 - Education for Foster Youth)

3. The student has been admitted through the district's interdistrict attendance program. (Education Code 48204)

(cf. 5117 - Interdistrict Attendance)

4. The student is an emancipated minor residing within district boundaries. (Education Code 48204)

5. The student lives with a caregiving adult within district boundaries. (Education Code 48204)

6. The student resides in a state hospital located within district boundaries. (Education Code 48204)

7. The student is confined to a hospital or other residential health facility within district boundaries for treatment of a temporary disability. (Education Code 48207)

(cf. 6183 - Home and Hospital Instruction)

In addition, 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. 5111.12 - Residency Based on Parent/Guardian Employment)

District residency is not required for enrollment in a regional occupational center or program if there are openings in the program or class. (Education Code 52317)

The Superintendent or designee shall annually notify parents/guardians of all existing attendance options available in the district, including, but not limited to, all options for meeting residency requirements for school attendance. (Education Code 48980)

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

Proof of Residency

Prior to admission in district schools, students shall provide proof of residency.

(cf. 5111 - Admission)

The Superintendent or designee shall annually verify the student's residency and retain a copy of the document or written statement offered as verification in the student's mandatory permanent record. (5 CCR 432)

Upon enrollment of a student residing in the home of a caregiving adult within district boundaries, the caregiving adult shall execute, under penalty of perjury, the affidavit specified in Family Code 6552.

(cf. 5141 - Health Care and Emergencies)

You will need to submit a photocopy of three different types of residency proof for the primary residence from the list below. All must be in the name of the parent/guardian/caregiver and must be no more than two months old.

1. A complete PG&E bill. Must include all pages and reflect the address of your residence.

2. A complete telephone bill. This must include pages 1-4 of the home telephone bill for the number indicated on your registration form. The bill must reflect your street address and actual phone calls made from the residence to be acceptable. Cell phone and fax machine bills are not acceptable.

3. A current, dated lease agreement. Lease must show the address with lessor-lessee-realtor names and signatures. Lease extensions, handwritten leases, and grant deeds are not acceptable.

4. Income tax return. The first page of your 2008 income tax return (figures may be blocked out) on which appears you home address. Property tax statements are not acceptable.

5. A copy of your California driver's license showing your current residence address.

6. A copy of a current water bill.

7. A copy of a current garbage bill.

8. A copy of a current cable/satellite bill.

If any district employee reasonably believes that the parent/guardian of a student has provided false or unreliable evidence of residency, the Superintendent or designee shall make reasonable efforts to determine that the student meets residency requirements.

Safe at Home Program

When a student or parent/guardian participating in the Safe at Home program requests that the district use the substitute address designated by the Secretary of State, the Superintendent or designee may request the actual residence address for the purpose of establishing residency within district boundaries. The Superintendent or designee shall not include the actual address in the student's file or any other public record and shall instead use the substitute address for all future communications and correspondence. (Government Code 6206, 6207)

(cf. 3580 - District Records)

(cf. 5125 - Student Records)

Admission of Residents of Other States or Countries

The Superintendent or designee may, with the approval of the County Superintendent of Schools, admit a student living in an adjoining state contiguous with the district, as long as an agreement has been reached with the governing authority of the district in which the student resides and payment is made in accordance with law. (Education Code 48050)

A student whose actual and legal residence is in a foreign country adjacent to California, regardless of whether or not his/her parents/guardians are citizens of the United States, may be admitted to a district school provided that the student is otherwise eligible for admission to a California district and the student regularly returns within a 24-hour period to the foreign country. As a condition to admittance of such a student, the student's parent/guardian shall agree to pay the district reimbursement of costs in accordance with law. (Education Code 48051, 48052)

(cf. 5111.2 - Nonresident Foreign Students)

Denial or Revocation of Enrollment

If the Superintendent or designee, upon investigation, determines that a student's enrollment or attempted enrollment is based on false evidence of residency, he/she shall revoke the student's enrollment. Before any such revocation, the parent/guardian shall be sent written notice of the facts leading to the decision. This notice shall state the parent/guardian's right, within 10 school days, to schedule a meeting with a hearing officer to inspect supporting documents, rebut district evidence, question any district witnesses, and present oral and/or documentary evidence, including witnesses, on the student's behalf. For good cause, the hearing officer may extend the meeting date for an additional 10 days to permit the parent/guardian to obtain required documentation.

If the parent/guardian fails to schedule the above meeting, the student's enrollment shall be revoked 11 school days after the date of the notice.

If the above meeting is held, the hearing officer shall prepare a written decision describing his/her findings. If the hearing officer's decision is upheld, the parent/guardian shall be informed of his/her right to appeal to the Board of Trustees within 10 days.

A parent/guardian who appeals to the Board shall have the right to have a representative present and to rebut district evidence, question any district witnesses, and present oral and/or documentary evidence, including witnesses, on the student's behalf. Except in cases where good cause is shown, the Board shall not reopen the record to consider evidence or argument which was not presented to the hearing officer. The student may continue to attend school during the period of the appeal.

The Board's decision shall be final.

Legal Reference:


35351 Assignment of students to particular schools

48050-48054 Nonresidents

48200-48208 Persons included (compulsory education law)

48980 Notifications at beginning of term

52317 ROP, admission of persons including nonresidents to attendance area


6550-6552 Caregivers


6205-6210 Confidentiality of addresses for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking


432 Varieties of student records


AB 687, Ch. 309, Statutes of 1995


Katz v. Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District, (2004) 117 Cal.App.4th 47

Management Resources:


0303.95 Verification of residency, LO: 1-95


California Department of Education:

California Secretary of State, Safe at Home Program:


approved: February 11, 2010 Sausalito, California