Interdistrict Transfer of Resident Students
The district offers a variety of programs and services designed to meet the individual needs of its students. Nevertheless, the Board recognizes there may be circumstances that arise in which a resident student may benefit from attendance in another public school in the state. Consequently, a student who resides within district boundaries may be released to attend school in another district that agrees to accept the student. The agreement will be by written consent of the affected school boards or designees whereby the student becomes a “resident student” of the attending district, allowing the attending district to receive State School Fund moneys. Any additional fees or tuition costs are the responsibility of the parent.
The superintendent may consider for approval requests that meet one or more of the following criteria:
1. The student has not met or has exceeded all of the academic content standards and appropriate additional services or alternative educational options may better be met in another district;
2. A financial, educational, safety or health condition affecting the student would likely be improved as a result of the transfer. “Would likely be improved” means it is probable, in the judgment of the district, that the nature and effect of the benefit to be received will be real and meaningful;
3. Attendance at the school in the nonresident district is nearer to the parent’s place of work or to the location of child care;
4. There is some other special hardship or detrimental condition affecting the student or his/her immediate family which would be alleviated as a result of the transfer. “Special” means a circumstance or factor not generally applicable to other students or families. “Hardship” and “detrimental condition” apply to any circumstance or factor which has a harmful effect on the student or his/her immediate family, and is not restricted to a financial, educational, safety or health condition.
When the district approves the release of a resident student under the above criteria, the student or his/her parent(s) will be solely responsible for transportation. The Board recognizes that resident students under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) remain the primary responsibility of the district. District consideration of transfer requests by students under IDEA will meet the requirements of state and federal law.
Additionally, the interdistrict transfer of resident students will be permitted, as appropriate, to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLBA).
An interdistrict transfer may also be permitted in the event a student has been a victim of a violent 1 criminal offense occurring in or on the grounds of a school the student attends or the student attends a school identified as persistently dangerous, and all other district schools the student may transfer to are also identified as persistently dangerous or there is no other district school to which the student may transfer. The transfer must be to a safe school.
A homeless student residing in the district and the student’s parent, or in the case of an unaccompanied student, the district’s liaison for homeless students, may request that the student attend his/her school of origin , located out-of-district. The request will be considered based on the best interest of the student. 2 The student may continue in his/her school of origin for the duration of the student’s homelessness when the student’s family becomes homeless during or between an academic year, or for the remainder of the academic year if the student becomes permanently housed during the school year. Transportation to an out-of-district school will be provided through an interdistrict agreement.
The superintendent is directed to establish procedures for the review of student requests to attend school in another district.
Admission of Nonresident Students
By March of each year, the principals will establish an approximate number of nonresident students their respective buildings can accommodate for the following school year.
The district is not required to provide transportation outside the boundaries of the district. The student will be allowed to use existing bus routes and transportation services of the district. Transportation will be provided if required by federal law.
Consent by Affected Boards and Tuitioned Students
1. The petition for admission must go through the superintendent’s office.
2. Student education records will be obtained and reviewed.
3. Initial admission and annual renewal must be approved by the superintendent.
4. Approved requests will result in a mutual tuition agreement between the parties. A mutual agreement signed by both affected boards (form following) will be filed with the business office for billing and payment control if student is tuitioned.
5. The business manager shall prepare semester bills for all tuitioned students, and any student whose tuition remains unpaid 15 days after presentation of bills shall be excluded; the superintendent may grant additional time for payment should circumstances warrant it.
6. Students will not be subject to the superintendent’s annual petition for admission after the sophomore year.
Consent of Board for the District in which the School is Located
1. By March, the Board shall establish the number of students, if any, that will be given admission for the following school year under this process. Resident students will have first opportunity to request an intradistrict transfer prior to the placement for nonresident students to a specific school.
2. Nonresident students must make application no later than April 1, for admission in the following school year. Applications must be submitted to the district office.
3. If the number of applications exceed the number of admissions to be given, an equitable lottery process will be used to determine admission. This lottery process may give priority to applicants who currently have siblings enrolled in the district. Priority cannot be given over an intra-district transfer request. If the district determines that admission will not be given to any students under this process there is no district obligation to give admission to siblings.
4. Once the student has been given admission, the student is considered a resident for all educational programs and remains a resident of the district until the student:
a. Graduates from high school;
b. Is no longer required to be admitted to the school district under ORS 339.115; or
c. Enrolls in a school in a different district.
5. By May 1, prior to the next school year, the district shall provide written notification of the student receiving admission, to the district where the student’s legal residence is located.