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    Procedure Qualification of Attendance and Placement

    File: 3110P

    State law requires that a student reside within the District boundaries and be able to prove residency or have been approved for an inter-district transfer in order to enroll in school. In order to establish or reestablish residency in the District specific evidence of residency must be established and provided.

    Establish and Verify Residency:

    Prior to a student being enrolled, residency must be established within the attendance boundaries of the school designated for the geographic attendance area. All Residency Verification Forms and documents must be required to establish and verify residency. Residency is defined as the physical location of the student’s principal abode e.g., the home, house, apartment, etc. where the student spends the majority of their time. This is generally defined as where the student spends the night a minimum of four nights per week. Owning or renting a house or an apartment in the District does not qualify as establishing residency. A student and parent or guardian must physically live within the District in order to establish residency. There is no provision for families who live outside of the District to claim residency in the District. A student living with another family, in order to establish residency, will not be admitted to a District school. Parents/guardians must supply documentation to their school designated for the geographic attendance area prior to or at the time of enrollment.

    To verify residency, you must present at least two of the items listed below for inspection; each bullet counts as one item. All addresses on the documents must match the address of your residence.

    • Government Mail (e.g. car registration; Good to Go! bill or letter; letter from     Social Security, immigration, unemployment, Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”); United States Postal Service (“USPS”) Change of Address form; election ballot. Mail from the District does not qualify as Government Mail.) 
    • Mortgage Statement, Homeowner’s Insurance Policy Declaration or Property Tax Statement.
    • Unexpired Lease/Rental Agreement (must be signed by both the landlord and the tenants and include the contact information of the lessor/landlord).
    • Utility Bill dated within the last 2 months of initiating the District registration process. Accepted utilities include water, sewer, gas, electricity, or garbage; the mailing and service address must be the residence address. Cable, internet and/or phone bills are not accepted by the District as evidence of residency.)

    If you are part of the Washington State Address Confidentiality Program, an official letter from the Address Confidentiality Program stating the school designated for the geographic attendance area fulfills the requirement to establish residency in the District. You must submit a renewed letter to the school each school year.

    Additional verification of guardianship and/or residence may be required.

    Exceptions to residency verification process:

    1. Students who live in a foster home, officially established group home to which they have been legally assigned, residential treatment center, or juvenile detention, are considered to be residents of the attendance area in which the foster home, group home, or other such facility is located;
    2. Students under the joint custody of separated or divorced parent(s) or guardian(s) are considered to be residents of the attendance area in which the student actually resides with a parent or guardian, subject to residence verification and the provisions of a parenting plan or divorce decree if applicable;
    3. Students 18 years of age or older not living under the care and custody of  parent/guardian, or legally emancipated minor students, are considered to be residents of the attendance area in which they reside, subject to comparable address verification required of parent(s) or guardian(s) for non-emancipated minor students; and 
    4. Students who are homeless are assigned pursuant to the requirements of federal law.
    5. Students that fall under the provisions of McKinney Vento may be assigned to their prior school.

    During the enrollment process, you will be required to carefully read, agree to, and sign a Residency Verification Form.

    Falsification or Lack of Information:

    Misrepresentation of residency information or failure to follow through with the statements on the Residency Verification form will result in your student's withdrawal from the District. 

    Enrollment:  

    After verifying that a student has established residency and have agreed to the terms on the Residency Verification form, enrollment may proceed. 

    Kindergarten Eligibility Criteria:

    To be eligible to attend kindergarten, the child's fifth birthday shall fall on or before August 31. 

    Underage children whose birthdays fall between September 1st and November 30th and whose parents believe to be exceptionally qualified for early kindergarten entrance may apply to the school district for early entrance. 

    The early entrance application and screening fee will be submitted to the Early Entrance Kindergarten (EEK) Office. Early Entrance screenings will be scheduled and completed. Applicants will receive a letter informing them of the date and time of their child’s screening. If the child passes the screening, he/she will be invited to participate in a complete EEK evaluation which will include assessments in the following areas: 

    1. Cognitive skills 
    2. Gross motor skills 
    3. Fine motor skills 
    4. Visual discrimination 
    5. Auditory discrimination 
    6. Emotional/social development 

    A non-refundable fee will be collected to cover the cost of the screening process, in accordance with state law. An additional non-refundable fee will also be collected for the evaluation if the child receives a complete EEK evaluation. Fee waivers will be made available for families who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program. Children will be admitted or not based on the results of the evaluation. 

    First Grade Eligibility Criteria:

    To be eligible to attend first grade, the child's sixth birthday shall fall on or before August 31. 

    Kindergarten children meeting the age requirement for kindergarten may be considered for advanced placement into first grade within the first month of attending kindergarten. This shall be at the discretion of the building principal after consultation with the child's parent(s) and teacher. 

    Underage Previously Enrolled Students:

    Underage children who have previously been enrolled in a public school system for a period of not less than four consecutive months may request transfer into a similar placement in Lake Washington School District. Underage children who have previously been enrolled in a private school which encompasses at least an accredited kindergarten through a grade 3 program for a period of not less than four consecutive months, may request transfer into a similar placement in Lake Washington School District. 

    The building principal shall review records of the child requesting placement and shall review such records and other data in the areas of: 

    1. Cognitive skills 
    2. Gross motor skills 
    3. Fine motor skills 
    4. Visual discrimination 
    5. Auditory discrimination 
    6. Emotional/social development 

    The building principal shall have the authority to admit or not admit underage children based on review of the above criteria and the above attendance requirement. 
     

    Adopted:
    09/01/19

    Revised:
    11/04/19

    LEGAL REFS.:
    RCW 28A.225.010   
    RCW 28A.225.020  
    RCW 28A.225.160  
    RCW 28A.225.220
    RCW 28A.225.270 Intradistrict enrollment options policies
    RCW 28A.225.290 Enrollment options information booklet
    RCW 28A.225.300 Enrollment options information to parents
    WAC 392-134-010  
    WAC 392-137  

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