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Lakeside Union SD (Lakeside) |  BP  6145.6  Instruction

International Exchange   

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The Governing Board recognizes that personal contact between students of different countries and cultures promotes global awareness and international understanding. To that end, the Board welcomes the participation of Lakeside Union School District (LUSD) students and students from other countries in an international exchange program. LUSD further encourages district students to take District approved opportunities to participate in such programs and study in another country.

With Board approval, a district school may establish a sister-school relationship with a school(s) in another country.

International Student Exchange Programs

LUSD will strictly follow Government Code 12623 which requires that any organization that arranges for the placement of international exchange students in California schools first be registered with the Attorney General's Office. Districts may check to see if a student placement organization is registered in California by reviewing the Registry List maintained by the Attorney General's Registry of International Student Exchange Visitor Placement Organizations.

In addition, LUSD will use the Council for Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET), a non-profit organization whose purpose is to identify reputable international exchange programs, annually develops an Advisory List as a resource from which prospective districts can gain an understanding of the scope, background, and operations of programs that have been reviewed. The Advisory List includes descriptions of exchange organizations which, upon evaluation, were found to be in compliance with the CSIET standards and were accepted for listing into one of three categories (Full Listing, Provisional Listing, or Conditional Listing). The CSIET standards evaluate a program's financial responsibility as well as the student selection, orientation and placement process.

To participate in a district school, an international exchange student must be participating in an exchange program registered with the California Attorney General's Office, designated by the U.S. Department of State or accepted for listing on the Council for Standards for International Educational Travel's Advisory List.

When necessary because of overcrowding within district schools or limited district resources, the Superintendent or designee may limit the number of international exchange students to be accepted to participate at any district school during any school year. The district may limit participation to two-weeks per group.

The district shall not incur any financial obligations when sending and/or receiving international exchange students. Program sponsors shall provide assurance of their responsibility for health/accident/liability insurance, the student's home placement, and the resolution of any related personal difficulties which may arise.

The Superintendent or designee shall determine appropriateness of issuing a certificate of participation to international exchange students. The principal or designee shall refer to participation criteria when assisting international exchange students in assigning classes to visit and co-curricular activities based on the student's individual qualifications, needs and interests.

District staff shall provide relevant information and guidance to district students who wish to participate in a foreign country exchange. Students will be placed in a field trip status for up to 8 school days for attendance purposes.

Legal Reference:


35160 Authority of governing boards

35160.1 Broad authority of school districts

51225.5 Honorary diplomas; foreign exchange students


12620-12630 International Student Exchange Visitor Placement Organizations


62.25 Secondary school students, exchange visitor program

Management Resource:


California Attorney General's Office:

California Interscholastic Federation:

Council on Standards for International Educational Travel:

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs:

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement:


adopted: September 8, 2016 Lakeside, California