INTERDISTRICT TRANSFER INFORMATION
Inter-District Transfers are processed on a continuing basis. They are only approved for one year at a time and will be honored if space permits. If you are interested in applying for a transfer out of the Delano Joint Union High School District (DJUHSD), applications can be picked up at the District Office after March 1st each year. A link to the form is also available below. The following information will further assist you in understanding your options and the procedures related to student transfers. If you should have any questions, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at 720-4101.
Inter-District Attendance Permit
Parents/guardians wishing to enter into an inter-district agreement should submit a completed Inter-District Agreement form to their home district to begin the process. When a request for an incoming inter-district agreement is made, it will be determined by the district as to which school the student may be assigned based on parental request as well as on the basis of space available. Such agreements must be renewed annually.
Parents/guardians of a child residing in the DJUHSD and applying for an inter-district agreement to attend school in another district should submit a completed Inter-District Agreement form to the Superintendent’s Office for processing. Such agreements must be renewed annually.
INTER-DISTRICT TRANSFER PROCEDURES
The law (Education Code Section 46600) allows two or more districts to enter into an agreement for the transfer of one or more students for a period of up to five years. New agreements may be entered into for additional periods of up to five years each. The agreement must specify the terms and conditions under which transfers are permitted.
Inter-district transfers will not begin to be processed for the following school year until March 1st of each year.
Neither district is required to provide transportation to a student who transfers into the district. Transportation is the obligation of the parent.
Priority for inter-district attendance shall be given to students who have been determined by staff of either the district of residence or district of proposed enrollment to be a victim of an act of bullying, as defined in Education Code 48900(r), committed by a student of the district of residence.
In addition, the Superintendent or designee may approve an Inter-district attendance permit for a student for any of the following reasons when stipulated in the agreement:
- To meet the childcare needs of the student, only as long as the student’s childcare provider remains within district boundaries.
- To meet the student’s special mental or physical health needs as certified by a physician, school psychologist, or other appropriate school personnel.
- When the student has a sibling attending school in the receiving district, to avoid splitting the family’s attendance.
- To allow the student to complete a school year when the student’s parents/guardians have moved out of the district during that year.
- To allow the student to remain with a class graduating that year.
- To allow a high school senior to attend the same school attended as a junior, even if the student’s family moved out of the district during their junior year.
- When the parent/guardian provides written evidence that the family will be moving into the district in the immediate future and would like the student to start the school year in the district.
- When the student will be living out of the district for one year or less.
- When recommended by the school attendance review board or by county child welfare, probation, or social service agency staff in documented cases of serious home or community problems which make it inadvisable for the student to attend the school of residence.
- When there is valid interest in a particular educational program not offered in the district of residence.
- To provide a change in school environment for reasons of personal and social adjustment.
There are no statutory limitations on the kind of terms and conditions districts are allowed to place on transfers. The law on inter-district transfers also provides for the following:
- Both of the school districts that a parent/guardian is requesting a transfer to and the one a parent/guardian is transferring from give consideration to the childcare needs of the pupil.
- The Superintendent or designee may deny initial requests due to limited district resources, overcrowding of school facilities at the relevant grade level, or other considerations that are not arbitrary.
A transfer may be denied to DJUHSD for the following reasons:
- Overcrowding, lack of space
- The cost of educating the student will exceed the increase in state revenue
- The request is based solely on a desire to participate in athletics or extra-curricular activities
- The student has a history of failure to meet reasonable standards of behavior, attendance or diligence to studies
If either district denies a transfer request, the Superintendent or designee shall, in writing by either regular mail, email or any other way normally used to communicate with parents in writing, notify the parents/guardians of their right to appeal that decision to the County Board of Education within 30 calendar days from the date of the final denial.
If the transfer request is for a school year that begins within 15 calendar days of the receipt of the request, the Superintendent or designee shall notify the parent/guardian of the final decision within 30 calendar days of receiving the request. If the transfer request is for a school year that begins more than 15 days after the receipt of the request, the parent/guardian shall be notified of the final decision as soon as possible, but no later than 14 calendar days after the commencement of instruction during that school year (Education Code 46600.2)
If the transfer request is for the current school year, the Superintendent or designee shall notify the parent/guardian of the final decision within 30 calendar days following the receipt of the request by the district.
Pending a decision by the two districts or by the County Board of Education on appeal, the Superintendent or designee may provisionally admit a student who resides in another district for a period not to exceed two school months, provided the district is the district of proposed enrollment. If the decision has not been rendered by the conclusion of two school months and the districts or County Board is still operating within the prescribed timelines, the student shall not be allowed to continue attending the district school to which the student was provisionally admitted.
Students who are under consideration for expulsion or who have been expelled may not appeal inter-district attendance denials or rescissions while expulsion proceedings are pending or during the term of expulsion.
The failure to meet any timeline established by the district is deemed an abandonment of the inter-district transfer request.
The district may revoke the inter-district transfer if the conditions under which it was granted cease to exist, or prove to be erroneously stated. Inter-district transfers will be reviewed each semester for documented disciplinary infractions, determination of truancy pursuant to Education Code 48260, and/or academic progress. Transfers that do not meet the above criteria may be revoked.
The above summary is intended to provide parents/guardians and their children with an overview of the laws applying to inter-district transfers. Any parents/guardians who are interested in finding out more about this process should contact their home school district or the district they may be thinking about transferring to for more information on district policies, procedures, and timeline for applying for transfers.