5117 AR - Interdistrict Attendance

Administrative Regulation No. 5117
Regulation Reviewed: November 20, 2014


Interdistrict Attendance Permits

In accordance with an agreement between the Governing Board and the board of another district, a permit authorizing a student’s attendance outside his/her district of residence may be issued upon approval of both the district of residence and the district of proposed attendance.

The Superintendent or designee may approve an interdistrict attendance permit for a student for any of the following reasons when stipulated in an agreement:

1. When the student has been determined by staff of either the district of residence or district of proposed attendance to be a victim of an act of bullying as defined in Education Code 48900(r). Such a student shall be given priority for interdistrict attendance under any existing attendance agreement or, in the absence of an agreement, shall be given consideration for the creation of a new permit. (Education Code 46600).

2. To meet the child care needs of a student. Such a student may be allowed to continue to attend district schools only as long as they continue to use a child care provider within district boundaries.

3. To meet a child's special mental or physical health needs as certified by a physician, school psychologist, or other appropriate school personnel

(cf. 6159 - Individualized Education Program)

4. When a student has a sibling attending school in the receiving district, to avoid splitting the family's attendance

5. To allow the student to complete a school year when his/her parents/guardians have moved out of the district during that year

6. To allow the student to remain with a class graduating that year from an elementary or middle school

7. When the parent/guardian provides written evidence that the family will be moving into the district in the immediate future and would like the student to start the year in the district

8. When the student will be living out of the district for one year or less

9. When recommended by the School Attendance Review Board or by county child welfare, probation, or social service agency staff in documented cases of serious home or community problems which make it inadvisable for the student to attend the school of residence

(cf. 5113.1 - Truancy)
10. When there is valid interest in a particular educational program not offered in the district of residence

11. To provide a change in school environment for reasons of personal and social adjustment

12. When the parent/guardian of the student works as a salaried employee of the District.

The Superintendent or designee may deny initial requests for interdistrict attendance permits due to limited district resources, overcrowding of school facilities at the relevant grade level or based on other considerations that are not arbitrary. However, once a student is admitted, the district may not deny him/her continued attendance in the District because of overcrowded facilities at the relevant grade level.

Within 30 days of receipt of the request for interdistrict permit, the Superintendent or designee shall notify the parents/guardians of a student who is denied interdistrict attendance regarding the process for appeal to the County Board of Education as specified in Education Code 46601. (Education Code 46601)

Pending a decision by the two districts or an appeal by the County Board, the Superintendent or designee may provisionally admit a student who resides in another district for a period not to exceed two school months.

Students who are under consideration for expulsion or who have been expelled may not appeal interdistrict attendance denials or decisions while expulsion proceedings are pending, or during the term
of the expulsion. (Education Code 46601)

(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)

Once a student is admitted to a school on the basis of an interdistrict attendance permit, he/she shall not be required to reapply for an interdistrict transfer and shall be allowed to continue to attend the school in which he/she is enrolled, unless reapplication standards are otherwise specified in the interdistrict attendance agreement. (Education Code 46600)

Transportation of Students

The District shall not provide transportation to any student attending District schools on an interdistrict attendance agreement.

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