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    Nonresident Students

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    Any student who resides outside the District may apply to attend a school in the District. All applications for nonresident attendance will be considered on an equal basis. The District shall provide information on inter-district enrollment policies to nonresidents on request. A nonresident application for attendance is called an inter-district transfer application by the District and a Choice Transfer application by the State of Washington.

    Application Through the Student’s Resident District

    A parent or guardian shall apply for admission on behalf of his or her child by completing the appropriate inter-district transfer application.  The resident district will have an inter-district transfer application in accordance with state law.

    Determination of Acceptance or Denial by Nonresident District

    The superintendent will accept or reject an application for nonresident admission based upon the following standards:

    1. Whether space is available in schools and/or programs at the grade level or in classes in which the student desires to be enrolled;
    2. Whether space is available in schools due to future enrollment projections causing the school to be at or over capacity;
    3. Whether appropriate educational programs or services are available to improve the student's condition as stated in requesting release from his or her District of residence; and
    4. Whether the student's attendance in the District is likely to create a risk to the health or safety of other students or staff.
    5. Whether acceptance of a nonresident student would result in the district experiencing a financial hardship;
    6. Whether the student's disciplinary records indicate a history of convictions for offenses or crimes, violent or disruptive behavior, or gang membership;
    7. Whether the student has been expelled or suspended from a public school for more than ten consecutive days. Any policy allowing for readmission of expelled or suspended students must apply uniformly to both resident and nonresident students;
    8. Whether the student has repeatedly failed to comply with requirements for participation in an online school program, such as participating in weekly direct contact with the teacher or monthly progress evaluations.

    Exceptions

    1. A student who resides in a District that does not operate a secondary program shall be permitted to enroll in secondary schools in this District in accordance with state law and regulation relating to the financial responsibility of the resident District.
    2. A student who has dropped out of high school for six weeks or longer or has returned from participation in a substance abuse treatment program, or is about to become or is a teen parent, or has returned from hospitalization due to a mental health problem may attend high school in the District regardless of residence. Such a student may be admitted provided that appropriate educational programs are available to accommodate the needs of the student.

    Notification

    The superintendent or designee shall provide, in a timely manner, all applicants with written notification of the approval or denial of the inter-district transfer application. If the student is to be admitted, the superintendent or designee shall notify the resident District and make necessary arrangements for the transfer of student records. The final decision of the district to deny the admission of a nonresident student may be appealed to the State of Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction or designee in accordance with state law.
     

    Adopted:
    09/01/19

    Revised:
    11/12/19

    LEGAL REFS.:
    RCW 28A.225.220 
    RCW 28A.225.225  
    RCW 28A.225.240  
    RCW 28A.225.290  
    RCW 28A.225.300  
    WAC 392-137  

    RCW 28A.225.270 

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