Intradistrict Attendance Permits (requests to attend a different school within RUSD)
Procedure for Intradistrict Attendance Permits for K-6 School Students
1. A parent/guardian who requests that his/her child attend a school in another attendance area may submit an Intradistrict Attendance Permit made available at all K-6 school sites.
Parents/guardians with a student who has been the victim of a violent crime on school grounds or who have a student at a "persistently dangerous" school shall provide written notification to the Superintendent or designee and shall rank-order their preferences from among all schools identified by the Superintendent or designee as eligible to receive transfer students. The Superintendent or designee may establish a reasonable timeline, not to exceed 10 school days, for the submission of parent/guardian requests.
2. The application process is to be initiated at the school of attendance. Parent/guardians are expected to complete the regular enrollment procedure and necessary documentation at their school of attendance. The principal or designee will sign the application and send it to the school of request. If more applications are received at a particular school than space available, applications will be selected on a case by case basis and by order of receipt to determine who will be granted an Intradistrict Attendance Permit. Every effort will be made to complete this process prior to the start of the school year.
Students who previously attended the school will be given the same priority as students residing in the attendance area of the school for open enrollment purposes, after he/she has completed 85% of the school year at that site. Every effort will be made to accommodate additional family members, although there is no guarantee of this.
Intradistrict Attendance Permits will become tentatively effective five days prior to the first day of school each school year to ensure that students residing in the attendance area have had an opportunity to enroll.
3. If space is available at the school the student is requesting to attend, the receiving principal will:
- Approve the application. The initial Intradistrict Attendance Permit is in effect for the duration of the school year.
- Register the student.
- Send a copy of the application form to the school of residence.
4. If space is not available at the school the student wishes to attend, the principal will:
- Refer the parent/guardian back to the school of residence.
- Assist the parent/guardian to locate an alternate school.
- Refer the parent/guardian to the appropriate district administrator.
5. An Intradistrict Attendance Permit shall not imply any obligation on the part of the district to furnish transportation in any form. Transportation becomes the responsibility of the parent/guardian of the student.
6. The Intradistrict Attendance Permit may be revoked when behavior, grades and/or attendance issues warrant a return to the school of attendance. This decision is the responsibility of the principal/designee and that decision is final.
7. After the first year on an approved Intradistrict Attendance Permit, the student will be given the same priority as a resident student for enrollment purposes, except in cases when the district declares that a school is impacted. If the student is just completing his/her first year at the school, he/she will not be granted residency. Should a school be declared impacted the following priorities for enrollment will go into effect:
- Students residing within the attendance area of the school who are present within the first 10 days of the school year.
- Students whose parents/guardians are an employee of RUSD working at that site at the time of declaration of impact.
- Students whose parents/guardians are RUSD district employees on Inter/Intradistrict Attendance Permits who have been attending that site for over a year.
8. All questions regarding Intradistrict Attendance Permits should be referred to the appropriate site.
Procedure for Balancing Elementary Classroom or School Size
1. Should a school or classroom within a school become impacted at any time during the school year, the following procedures will be implemented:
Transfer of students shall be based on the last students to register in the affected grade levels and on case by case basis.
2. Whenever the principal finds it impossible to conform to the above, the principal will review the situation with the appropriate district administrator to determine other alternatives.
3. Who shall be referred back to their school of residence or re-directed:
- During the first 10 school days of the school year, the students residing within the attendance area of the school shall have precedence over students attending the school for the first time on Intradistrict Attendance Permits.
- Should an overload occur during the first 10 days of school, students tentatively enrolled at the affected grade level on an Intradistrict Attendance Permit shall return to their school of residence.Should the school of residence be overloaded, said students may be re-directed to another school.
- After the first 10 days of school, the students tentatively enrolled on an Intradistrict Attendance Permit are considered as residents of that school for that school year.
- Any deviation from item b. above shall be discussed with the appropriate district administrator.
4. Communications with Teachers, Parents and Students:
- It is the responsibility of the sending principal to communicate individually by means of his/her choosing with the parent of the re-directed student
- It is the responsibility of the sending principal to contact the appropriate district administrator, who will locate a school that has space availability
5. Transportation Arrangements:
- If a student living within an attendance area is redirected to a school outside the attendance area by the district, the sending principal shall arrange for transportation with the appropriate district administrator
- Either the transportation department or the sending school will notify the parent/guardian regarding bus arrangements
Procedure for Intradistrict Attendance Permits for 7-12 School Students
1. A parent/guardian whose child meets the criteria listed below and requests their child to attend a school other than the resident area school must submit to the resident school an Intradistrict Attendance Permit after February 1st. The applications may be considered for the following reasons:
- Medical requirements (i.e. proximity to treatment centers, specialized programs for physically impaired, medical transportation accessibility, etc.). A physician's recommendation must be attached to the Intradistrict Attendance Permit specifically indicating the medical reason for attendance at a particular school.
- Alternative placement per directive of the courts and/or state/county juvenile agencies.
- Assigned placement through the special education program offices.
- Continued enrollment in JROTC.
- Sibling attending the school of choice.
- Extenuating circumstances approved by both principals.
2. An Intradistrict Attendance Permit shall not imply any obligation on the part of the district to furnish transportation in any form. Transportation becomes the responsibility of the parent/guardian when they choose for their child to attend a school outside their attendance area.
3. Incoming siblings of students attending a high school on an Intradistrict Attendance Permit will be asked to confirm their intention to submit an application, in order to attend the same high school.
4. Approval of the Intradistrict Attendance Permit may be revoked and the student transferred immediately to the residence area school for the following reasons:
- Falsification of address, medical or legal verification, or
- Failure to comply with the requirements of the JROTC program to which the student applied.
- When behavior, attendance, or poor academic performance warrant a return to the school of residence.This decision is the responsibility of the principal/designee and that decision is final.
5. It will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify the school office when there is a change of address for the student and provide proof of residence.
6. After the first year on an approved Intradistrict Attendance Permit, the student will be given the same priority as a resident student for enrollment purposes after attending 85% of the school year. In cases when the district declares that a school is impacted, if the student is still completing his/her first year at the school, he/she will not be considered a resident student.
7. When there is a change of address, the parent/guardian may elect to keep the student in the school he/she is attending for the remainder of the school year, by submitting an Intradistrict Attendance Permit, or transfer the student to the residence area school based on the student's new address.
8. If the student participates in any athletic program governed by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), he/she may not be eligible to participate at the new school. Parents/guardians should check the CIF rules before submitting this application.
9. A student on an Intradistrict Attendance Permit who requests to return to the school of residence can do so only at the beginning of the following school year. The request will be honored only if space is available and all other student expectations have been met. Exceptions may be considered due to extreme hardships.
Special Education Students and Students With Section 504 Accommodations PlansParents/guardians of students with disabilities will follow the same Intradistrict Attendance Permit process a parents/guardians of nondisabled students, subject to Board policy and regulations. However, the district must ensure a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for students with disabilities. Therefore, prior to finalizing the approval of a transfer for a student with disabilities, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team or the Section 504 team will be required to determine if the student can be provided FAPE at the school of choice.
Procedure for Transfer when Balancing Classroom or School Size
Every reasonable effort will be made to ensure against excessive re-directing of students. The following exceptions shall be considered:
1. Change of boundary lines when new schools open
2. When boundary lines are adjusted to form a new attendance area
3. The necessity to move an entire class or grade level
4. When the school of residence is full or declared to be impacted
Updated June 2016