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The Board recognizes that students who reside in one school district may wish to attend school in another school district for a variety of reasons. Because of capacity issues within the district and due to limited resources, the Board will consider approving such transfers on a case-by-case basis through an interdistrict transfer agreement with another school district. In the case of a student wishing to transfer into the district, the request will be considered when class enrollment or program availability will permit the attendance of an out-of-district student.

The Superintendent or designee of the district shall review all requests for interdistrict attendance agreements. The Superintendent is authorized to grant or deny interdistrict attendance requests.

The Board may enter into an agreement with any other school district, for a term not to exceed five school years, for the interdistrict attendance of students who are residents of the districts. (Education Code 46600)

The decision to admit out-of-district students is discretionary. When capacity exists, applications may be approved based on the following priorities, listed in order (with the top priority listed first):

1. Students whose parents/guardians are employees of the Waugh School District

2. Students who are ongoing interdistrict transfer students.

3. Students whose siblings are ongoing interdistrict transfer students.

4. A student whose request is based on a desire to ensure educational continuity.

5. Parents or guardians who have compelling personal needs, such as employment and childcare, which can be addressed through the enrollment of their students in the Waugh School District.

A lottery will be held to establish a priority list for potential openings. The timeline and process to be used will be posted on the District website by January 1st. Notwithstanding these priorities, the Superintendent/designee may grant a transfer if, in the judgment of the Superintendent/designee, the parents/guardians provide evidence of extraordinary circumstances warranting a transfer.

The Superintendent or designee may deny applications for interdistrict transfers due to space limitations or other non-discriminatory reasons. The Superintendent or designee may also revoke an interdistrict transfer permit for non-discriminatory reasons.

Upon receiving a permit for transfer into the district that has been approved by the student's district of residence, or upon receiving a written request from the parent/guardian of a district student who wishes to enroll in another district, the Superintendent or designee shall review the request and may approve or deny the permit subject to the terms and conditions of the interdistrict attendance agreement and attendance contract. The Superintendent or designee will notify parents/guardians submitting a current year request of its final decision within 30 calendar days from the date the request was received. The Superintendent or designee will notify parents/guardians submitting future requests of its final decision as soon as possible, but no later than 14 calendar days after the commencement of instruction in the school year for which interdistrict transfer is sought.

The parent/guardian of a student whose transfer request is denied may appeal the denial to the Board. An appeal to the Board must be in writing and must be received by the Superintendent/designee within 30 calendar days of the date of the notice of denial. The Superintendent/designee shall thereafter provide notice to the parent/guardian of the date the Board shall consider the appeal. The parent/guardian may submit a written statement to the Board up to 10 days prior to the Board meeting. The Superintendent/designee may submit a written statement to the Board up to 5 days prior to the Board meeting. At the Board meeting, the parent/guardian and the Superintendent/designee shall each be provided an opportunity to address the Board regarding the appeal. The parent/guardian shall receive notice, in writing, of the Board's action regarding the appeal.

If the appeal is denied, notice of appeal rights to the Sonoma County Board of Education shall also be provided. An appeal to the County Board shall be accepted by that board only upon verification that appeals within the district have been exhausted. (Education Code 46601.)

A pupil may only be provisionally enrolled for two months, and then, if no decision has been made, the pupil cannot remain provisionally enrolled and must enroll in his or her district of residence or another school, if they are of an age requiring compulsory education.

Failure to meet any timelines established by the school district shall be deemed an abandonment of the request.

Students who have been expelled from other school districts may not be admitted to the district on interdistrict attendance agreements during the period of their expulsions. Students who are under consideration for expulsion or who have been expelled may not appeal interdistrict attendance denials while expulsion proceedings are pending, or during the term of the expulsion.


Transportation will not be provided for students attending the district on interdistrict attendance agreements.

Legal Reference:


46600-46610 Interdistrict attendance agreements

48204 Residency requirements for school attendance

48915 Expulsion; particular circumstances

48915.1 Expelled students; enrollment in another district

48918 Rules governing expulsion proceedings

48980 Notice at beginning of term


adopted: December 11, 2018 Petaluma, California

revised: January 14, 2020