• Interdistrict Transfers

    Board Policy 5117

    The Governing Board recognizes that parents/guardians who reside within the geographic boundaries of one district may, for a variety of reasons, desire to enroll their children in another district and that such choices are made for a variety of reasons. The Board desires to communicate with parents/guardians and students regarding the educational programs and services that are available.

    Students residing outside the boundaries of the district may, in limited circumstances, be permitted to attend schools in the district through approval of an interdistrict Attendance Agreement/Permit. The interdistrict Attendance agreement/permit is governed by laws and procedures, as described in this policy and its related administrative regulation (AR 5117).

    (cf. 5145.6 - Parent Notification)

    Interdistrict Attendance Agreements

    A student's parent/guardian may seek an interdistrict transfer based on an interdistrict Transfer Agreement and Permit. (Education Code 46600 et seq.) The district will accept interdistrict transfers based on interdistrict Transfer Agreements only in limited circumstances. The district shall not accept transfer requests pursuant to an interdistrict Attendance Agreement except (1) in situations of extreme need, (2) for children of certain employees of the district, as specified by administrative regulation AR 5117, and (3) for students who move out of the district on or after April 1, for the limited purpose of allowing the student to complete that school year in the district. Parents/guardians of a student attending a school in another district on the Open Enrollment List shall be subject to the transfer application process.

    Policy adopted November 9, 2017

    Administrative Regulation 5117

    Students residing outside the boundaries of the district may, in limited circumstances, be permitted to transfer to a school in the district through approval of an Interdistrict Attendance Agreement/Permit. The interdistrict transfer processes is governed by laws and procedures as described below.

    Interdistrict Transfer Agreements and Permits

    The Governing Board may enter into Interdistrict Transfer Agreements with other school districts to provide for the transfer of students between the districts, subject to the terms and conditions established by such districts. (Education Code 46600 et seq.)

    The Board had determined that transfers approved under this method will be limited to three specific circumstances:

    1. In situations of extreme need

    2. For children of certain district employees, as described below

    3. For students who move out of the district after April 1, for the limited purpose of allowing the student to complete the school year in the district.

    Students

    1. Extreme Need. The district may approve an Interdistrict Transfer Permit application on the basis of extreme need. The following are reasons a student may be provided an Interdistrict Transfer Permit, but only if the Superintendent or designee determines that circumstances constitute extreme need:

    a. 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 interdistrict attendance agreement or, in the absence of an agreement, shall be given consideration for the creation of a new permit. (Education Code 46600)

    (cf. 5131.2 - Bullying)

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

    c. When the student is temporarily displaced and will be living out of the district less than one school year.

    d. 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.

    e. To provide a change in school environment for reasons of academic or personal and social adjustment. These cases must have sufficient verification by the school authorities of both the district and the district of residence.

    f. When the student is a victim of a violent crime that occurred while on school grounds. The student is only eligible if there are no other schools within the district of residence where the student may be transferred.

    2. District Employees. Regardless of whether there is an extreme need, the district may also approve Interdistrict Transfer Permits for the following:

    a. Children of all district certificated employees who are afforded interdistrict transfer rights in the collective bargaining agreement.

    b. Children of district classified employees with contracts providing for at least 30 hours per week.

    3. Moves Outside District. Regardless of whether there is an extreme need, the district may also approve Interdistrict Transfer Permits for children whose parents/guardians have moved out of the district on or after April 1, for the limited purpose of completing that school year in the district.

    Limitations, Procedures and Appeals

    An Interdistrict Transfer Permit shall be valid only for the limited period of time specified on the permit, and may be revoked by the district because of excessive truancy or continual disruption of the educational program.

    A parent/guardian seeking an Interdistrict Transfer Permit for their child shall submit a completed application to the district for review by the Superintendent's designee. For current school year requests, a final decision must be provided to the parents within 30 days from the date of receipt of the request. For future year requests, a final decision is required as soon as possible, but no later than 14 calendar days following the beginning of the school year for which enrollment is sought. If the Superintendent's designee denies the request, the parent/guardian may appeal that decision to the Superintendent within five days, who shall review the appeal and render a decision. The Superintendent's decision shall be deemed the final decision of the district. The Board expressly delegates to the Superintendent the authority to make the final decision on behalf of the Board with respect to Interdistrict Transfer Permit requests.

    The parent/guardian of a student who is denied an Interdistrict Transfer Permit shall receive timely notice, within 30 calendar days of the initial request, in accordance with Education Code 46601, regarding the process of appeal to the County Board of Education. Appeals shall be filed with the County Board of Education by the parent/guardian within 30 calendar days of being denied an Interdistrict Transfer Permit by the district. Failure to appeal within the required time, or failure to exhaust appeals within the district, is good cause for denial of an appeal by the County Board of Education.

    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.

    (cf. 5119 - Students Expelled from Other Districts)

    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)

    Regulation approved November 9, 2017

    Revised April 18, 2019

    Requesting an Interdistrict Transfer

    To request an interdistrict transfer, download the forms below. Fill out the top portion, then have the district of the student's residence complete the appropriate section of the form. After the district of residence has completed their portion of the form, then the form should be sent to the district of desired attendance for review. 

    Interdistrict Attendance Application - Form 341 (PDF)