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Interdistrict Attendance Appeals
The County Board of Education shall consider an appeal against any school district within the county for its failure or refusal to issue an interdistrict attendance permit to a student, or for its failure or refusal to enter into an interdistrict attendance agreement with another school district for the student's attendance. (Education Code 46601)
If the request for interdistrict attendance involves a school district located within the county and a school district located in a different county, the County Board shall have jurisdiction if the denial of the permit, or the refusal or failure to enter into an agreement, is by the school district within the county. If both school districts deny the permit or refuse or fail to enter into an agreement, the County Board shall have jurisdiction only if the school district within the county is the student's district of residence. (Education Code 46601)
Transfer Requests Not Subject to Appeal
As set forth in the Education Code certain requests for transfer are not subject to the appeal process:
(a) Students who seek attendance at a district based on the location of the student's parents or legal guardians' employment under Education Code 48204(b), may not appeal the denial by the district of employment.
(b) Revocation of an interdistrict attendance permit may not be appealed to the County Board.
(c) Students who are under consideration for expulsion or who have been expelled pursuant to Education Code 48915 and 48918 may not appeal interdistrict attendance denials while expulsion proceedings are pending, or during the term of the expulsion.
Procedures for Filing an Appeal
(a) An appeal shall be made within thirty (30) calendar days after either district fails or refuses to approve an interdistrict attendance request. Failure to appeal within the required time is good cause for denial of an appeal.
(b) The appeal shall be made in writing on a form prescribed by the County Superintendent of Schools. The appeal shall include a copy of the original "Application for Interdistrict Transfer."
(c) The appeal shall be accepted only upon verification by the County Superintendent of Schools or designee that appeals within the districts have been exhausted.
(d) If the appeal contains new evidence or new grounds for the request or new evidence/information is provided prior to the hearing, the County Superintendent of Schools or designee, shall refer the person appealing back to the district or districts denying the request for further consideration and/or board action.
Documentation Presented to Board
The parent, legal guardian, or caregiver must present the following documentation to the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office at the time he/she files an appeal pursuant to this policy:
(a) The parent, legal guardian, or caregiver's request for an interdistrict attendance agreement.
(b) Any written responses from either of the districts.
(c) The denying district's interdistrict attendance agreement policy. Either party may present any other written documentation to the County Board of Education for it to consider at the appeal hearing so long as the information is either mailed or received by the County Superintendent of Schools Office and the other party at least seven calendar days before the scheduled Board hearing. The failure of either party to provide copies to the other parties prior to that date may result in the County Board either continuing the hearing, denying submission of the documents, or remanding the matter back to the denying district for further review.
It is the responsibility of each party to ensure that their documentation is received at the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Office.
Oral Presentation to the Board
Each party will have the opportunity to present argument to the County Board of Education concerning the interdistrict attendance agreement request. (See "Grounds for Granting and Denying Interdistrict Attendance Appeals" for assistance in presenting argument to County Board of Education.)
The County Superintendent or designee shall investigate the circumstances of the appeal to determine whether the parent, legal guardian, or caregiver has exhausted all administrative remedies and to obtain any additional information deemed useful to the County Board. If the County Superintendent determines (1) the parent, legal guardian, or caregiver has not exhausted all other administrative remedies or (2) it is in the best interests of the parties that the matter be referred back to the denying local governing board for further deliberation, the County Superintendent or designee shall refer the matter back to the district(s) and provide notice to the appealing party of his /her options. In such a case, the parent, legal guardian, or caregiver's case shall be stayed pending the parties' compliance with the County Superintendent of Schools recommended course of action. In all other cases, the County Superintendent shall set the matter for a hearing before the County Board.
The County Superintendent, or designee, shall submit to the County Board and to all other parties a written statement with any relevant documentation reflecting the results of his/her investigation.
Notice of Hearing
The County Superintendent or designee shall mail or deliver to the appealing person(s) and affected districts a Notice of Hearing at least 10 calendar days prior to the hearing. The Notice shall contain the date, time and place of the hearing to consider the appeal. The Notice also shall inform the parties of their opportunity to submit documentation and to make an oral presentation pursuant to these rules. The notice to the districts shall also include a copy of the Notice of Appeal and any other documents presented by the appealing party.
The hearing before the County Board shall be informal. Subject to the Chairperson's control, the parties will be provided an opportunity to make an oral presentation in the following order:
1. Appealing persons
2. School district willing to grant request
3. School district(s) denying request
Any party may, at its own expense, be represented by a legal or non-legal representative of his, her, or its own choice.
The County Board shall decide each case on its own merit. If a parent, legal guardian, or caregiver presents, at the appeal hearing, new evidence or grounds for granting the interdistrict attendance request, the County Board may (1) grant the request or (2) remand the matter for further consideration by the district(s).
A majority vote of the members of the County Board present is required to grant the interdistrict attendance request. If a majority of the members present do not vote in favor of granting the interdistrict attendance agreement, the decision of the denying district shall stand.
The County Board shall, within 30 calendar days after the appeal is filed, determine whether the student should be permitted to attend in the district in which the student desires to attend and the applicable period of time. In the event that meeting the time requirement for determining whether the student should be permitted to attend in the district that the student desires to attend is impractical, the County Board or the County Superintendent may, for good cause, extend the time period for up to an additional five school days.
The County Board shall render a decision within three (3) school days of any hearing conducted by the Board unless the person who filed the appeal requests a postponement.
As soon as possible after the hearing is concluded, the County Board, through the County Office, shall issue a written decision of its determination.
The written decision shall include the factual findings forming the basis of its decision, the determination of whether the student should be permitted to attend in the district in which he or she desires to attend, and the period of time during which the attendance shall be permitted.
The County Office shall mail or deliver a written copy of the County Board decision to the student, the appealing person, and to the governing boards of the affected districts.
If the Board determines that the student should be permitted to attend in the desired district, the student shall be admitted without delay and the student shall be permitted to continue attending the desired district through its highest grade level, subject to the district's policies and procedures and applicable state and federal laws. The Board may order attendance in a district, but not a specific school.
If the appeal is granted, attendance in the desired district shall be subject to the interdistrict attendance policies and regulations of the district in which the interdistrict attendance permit was requested and any applicable interdistrict attendance agreement. If no such interdistrict policies, regulations and/or attendance agreement exist, attendance in the desired district shall be governed by applicable state and federal laws.
Open or Closed Hearing
Notwithstanding the provisions of Government Code 54953 and Education Code 35145, the County Board shall hear an interdistrict attendance appeal in closed session, unless the parent or guardian requests in writing at least five days prior to the hearing that the hearing be conducted in a session open to the general public. (Education Code 48920)
The final decision must be made in open session.
Continuances of the Appeal Hearing
The County Superintendent may grant either party a request for a continuance upon a showing of good cause and upon a showing that the needs of the student(s) will not be harmed because of the continuance.
The County Board shall not consider more than one appeal on the merits in any one school year with respect to a student seeking interdistrict attendance from the district of residence to another district unless new evidence or grounds exist that in the exercise of due diligence were not available at the time of the first appeal.
Grounds for Granting an Interdistrict Attendance Permit Request
1. The County Board concludes that the receiving district offers a specialized or unique educational program or service, required by the student, which is unavailable in the district of residence. Specialized or unique educational program is defined as a series of courses (not a single course), significantly related to the student's career objectives or critical to the student's well-being because of special circumstances. A specialized or unique educational program does not include extracurricular activities or athletics.
2. The parent, guardian, or caregiver of an elementary grade level student can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the County Board, that the after school care options in the district of residence are unavailable or significantly inappropriate, and the only manner of providing appropriate and/or necessary after school care services would be by enrollment in the receiving district. The parent, guardian, or caregiver must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the County Board, attempts to find appropriate after school care in the district of residence.
3. A high school student has been allowed, because of childcare needs, to attend a feeder elementary school in the high school district to which he or she now wishes to attend.
4. The student has only one year or less before he or she is promoted from the school of current attendance if attended by the student for the previous year or more.
5. The student has moved into the district of residence and desires to remain in his/her school in his/her district of former residence for the balance of the current school semester or year.
6. The student will move into the district of proposed attendance during the coming semester or school year and desires to begin the semester or school year in his/her school in his/her district of former residence for the balance of the current school semester or year.
7. The student will move into the district of proposed attendance during the coming semester or school year and desires to begin the semester or school year in his/her new school. Appropriate verification is required before the County Board can consider this request.
8. When the student has siblings attending a school in the receiving district.
9. To meet a child's special mental or physical needs, as certified by a physician, school psychologist, or other appropriate school personnel.
10. The County Board determines that the best interests of the student will be served by allowing him or her to attend a school in the receiving district.
Grounds for Denying Interdistrict Attendance Permit Request
1. The sending district demonstrates, to the satisfaction of the County Board, that it can meet the needs of the student.
2. The receiving district demonstrates, to the satisfaction of the County Board, that accepting the student would negatively impact a current program, or require the receiving district to establish a program it currently does not provide.
3. The County Board determines that the student, while previously attending the receiving district, failed to meet reasonable standards of the district relating to behavior, attendance, or diligence to studies, which the district expects of its students.
4. The receiving district demonstrates, to the satisfaction of the County Board, that space is not available in the receiving district at the time of the application at the grade level of the student.
5. The County Board concludes that the parent/guardian or caregiver's reasons for requesting an interdistrict attendance agreement do not meet any of the conditions set forth in the section entitled "Grounds For Granting An Interdistrict Attendance Permit Request".
6. The County Board concludes that the best interests of the student will be served by remaining at his/her district of residence.
46600-46611 Interdistrict attendance agreements
48204 Residency requirements for school attendance
48209-48209.17 Student attendance alternatives
48660-48666 Community day schools
48900-48926 Suspension and expulsion
48950 Speech and other communication
49073-49079 Privacy of student records
54950-54962 Ralph M. Brown Act (re closed sessions)
Policy TUOLUMNE COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
adopted: May 8, 2017 Sonora, California
revised: November 4, 2019