INTRADISTRICT OPEN ENROLLMENT
Transfers for Victims of a Violent Criminal Offense
Within a reasonable amount of time, not to exceed fourteen (14) days, after it has been determined that a student has been the victim of a violent criminal offense while on school grounds, the student’s parents/guardians shall be offered an option to transfer their child to an eligible school identified by the Superintendent or designee. In determining whether a student has been a victim of a violent criminal offense, the Superintendent or designee shall consider the specific circumstances of the incident on a case-by-case basis and consult with local law enforcement as appropriate. Examples of violent criminal offenses include, but are not limited to, attempted murder, battery with serious bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon, rape, sexual battery, robbery, extortion, or hate crimes.
The Superintendent or designee shall consider the needs and preferences of the affected student and his/her parent/guardian in making the offer. If the parent/guardian elects to transfer his/her child, the transfer shall be completed as soon as practicable.
Transfers from a “Persistently Dangerous” School
Within ten (10) school days after receiving notification from the California Department of Education (CDE) that a school has been designated as “persistently dangerous,” the Superintendent or designee shall notify parents/guardians of the school’s designation. Within ten (10) school days after this notification has been provided to parents/guardians, the Superintendent or designee shall notify parents/guardians of their option to transfer their child.
Parents/guardians who desire to transfer their child out of 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 seven (7) school days, for the submission of parent/guardian requests.
The Superintendent or designee shall consider the needs and preferences of students and parents/guardians before making an assignment, but is not obligated to accept the parent/guardian’s preference if the assignment is not feasible due to space constraints or other considerations. For students who accept the offer, the transfer shall generally be made within thirty (30) school days of receiving the notice of the school’s designation from the CDE. If parents/guardians decline the assigned school, the student may remain in his/her current school.
The transfer shall remain in effect as long as the student’s school of origin is identified as “persistently dangerous.” The Superintendent or designee may choose to make the transfer permanent based on the educational needs of the student, parent/guardian preferences, and other factors affecting the student’s ability to succeed if returned to the school of origin.
The Superintendent or designee shall cooperate with neighboring districts to develop an interdistrict transfer program in the event that space is not available in a District school.
Notifications shall be sent to parents/guardians at the beginning of each school year describing all current statutory attendance options and local attendance options available in the District. Such notification shall include: (Education Code 48980)
- all options for meeting residency requirements for school attendance;
- program options offered within local attendance areas;
- a description of any special program options available on both an interdistrict and intradistrict basis;
- a description of the procedure for application for alternative attendance areas or programs and the appeals process available, if any, when a change of attendance is denied;
- a district application form for requesting a change of attendance; and
- the explanation of attendance options under California law as provided by the CDE.