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Interdistrict Attendance

Interested in attending Los Olivos School, but do not reside within the Los Olivos School District (LOSD) lines?

Please see below for some common questions and answers. All details may be found in our Board Policy 5117 or Regulation 5117.

  • How do I apply for an interdistrict transfer?
    • If you have reasonable cause and are interested in having your children transferred from one district to another, you must obtain an application for interdistrict transfer from the school office of the district of residence. An Interdistrict Attendance Agreement must be in place between the district of Residence and the Los Olivos School District before any application for an Interdistrict Transfer will be considered. An application must be submitted to and approved by the district of residence before it can be considered by the receiving district (district of attendance). The district of attendance shall issue an individual permit verifying the district's approval, if it approves the application.
    • Once a transfer request is received from your district of residence, we will mail you a letter of receipt and be added to our waitlist. Please make sure you have provided your mailing address or email address to your district of residence.
  • Do I have to submit a new interdistrict transfer form every year?
    • Yes. All interdistrict transfer agreements with the surrounding school districts require that interdistrict transfer requests are requested and renewed annually.
  • When will LOSD begin accepting and processing interdistrict transfer requests for the subsequent school year?
    • Applications for continuing/new interdistrict transfers should be made the preceding year from April 1 to June 1, although there is no guarantee the request will be granted.
  • What if LOSD does not receive my tranfer request by June 1st?
    • A failure of a parent/guardian to meet any timelines established by the district shall be deemed an abandonment of the request.
  • What are the reasons my child would be approved or denied?
    • The Superintendent may deny initial requests for interdistrict requests due to limited district resources, overcrowding of school facilities at the relevant grade level, or other considerations that are not arbitrary. However, ocen a student is admitted, LOSD shall not deny continued attendance because of overcrowded facilities at the relevant grade leve.
  • Does my child qualify for priority over other students?
    • The Superintendent/Principal or designee will consider a new interdistrict transfer request during the current school year on a case-by-case basis only if a class has an enrollment of 15 students or less, although there is still no guarantee that the request will be granted. The Superintendent/Principal or designee shall consider all interdistrict transfer requests on a case-by-case basis.;

      A failure of a parent/guardian to meet any timelines established by the district shall be deemed an abandonment of the request.

      Priority for interdistrict attendance shall be given to a student who has 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. (Education Code 46600) In addition however, the Superintendent/Principal or designee may approve interdistrict attendance agreements in order of priority for the following reasons:

    1. If the student's parent/guardian is employed (part-time, full-time and contracted teachers) by the district.
    2. If the student is one for whom interdistrict attendance has been approved in prior years.
    3. When the parent/guardian provides written evidence that the family will be moving to the receiving district in the immediate future and would like the student to start the year in that district. (See Administration Regulation 5111.1 for list of approved "written evidence".)
    4. When the student has brother(s) or sister(s) attending school in a receiving district, to avoid splitting the family's attendance.
    5. To allow the student to remain with a class graduating that year from the school.
    6. To meet the childcare needs of the student, only as long as the student's child care provider remains within district boundaries.
    7. When there is valid interest in a particular educational program not offered in the district of residency.
    8. When the parent/guardian of the child is employed full-time during school hours at an established place of business located within district boundaries.
    9. When the parent/guardian of the child is a Los Olivos School Foundation Board member or Director.
  • What happens if my child is denied?
    • ​​​​​When an interdistrict attendance request is denied by the Superintendent/Principal or designee, the decision maker shall provide the parents/guardians with written notice within three working days of the decision to deny the request, and of the process for appealing the decision to the Board of Trustees. Any appeal will be presented to the Board at the regularly scheduled meeting in the month immediately following the denial. The regularly scheduled meetings fall on the second Monday of each month. Thus, the deadline to file a written request for an appeal is the Wednesday preceding the date of the Board meeting. This deadline cannot be extended so that the appeal is received in time for inclusion in the Board Agenda.

      If, after an appeal to the Board, the transfer application is still denied, the Superintendent/Principal or designee shall, in writing, notify the parents/guardians of their right to appeal to the County Board of Education within 30 calendar days from the date of the final denial. (Education Code 46600.2) provide the parents/guardians with timely notice regarding the process for appeal to the County Board of Education in accordance with law. (Education Code 46601) Parents/Guardians may petition the County Board of Education in writing for an additional appeal hearing within 30 calendar days of the notice of denial following the appeal hearing by the Board.

      All notices to parents/guardians regarding the district's decision on any request for interdistrict transfer shall conform to the translation requirements of Education Code 48985, and may be provided by regular mail, electronic format if the parent/guardian provides an email address, or by any other method normally used to communicate with parents/guardians in writing. (Education Code 46600.2)

      Pending a decision by the two districts or by the County Board 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. (Education Code 46603)

      Students who are under consideration for expulsion or who have been expelled may not appeal interdistrict attendance denials or decisions rescissions while expulsion proceedings are pending, or during the term of the expulsion. (Education Code 46601)

  • Once I start the transfer process, what is the timeline of events?

    • Applicable timelines for processing such a request include (Education Code 46600.2):

      • For an interdistrict transfer request received by the district 15 or fewer calendar days before the commencement of instruction in the school year for which the transfer is sought, the district will notify the parent/guardian of its final decision within 30 calendar days from the date the request was received.
      • For an interdistrict transfer request received by the district more than 15 days before the commencement of instruction in the school year for which the interdistrict transfer is sought, the district will notify the parent/guardian of its final decision as soon as possible, but no later than 14 calendar days after the commencement of instruction in the school year for which transfer is sought.
  • Is it possible that LOSD may revoke or rescind a current interdistrict transfer permit?
    • Once a student is admitted to a school on the basis of an interdistrict attendance permit, the student shall not be required to reapply for an interdistrict transfer and shall be allowed to continue to attend the school of enrollment, unless reapplication standards are otherwise specified in the interdistrict attendance agreement. These standards may include, but are not limited to, the same reasons for revocation as provided below.

      Once a child is accepted on an interdistrict transfer, a reasonable effort will be made to allow the child to complete that school year. However, iIt is important to note that transfers can be revoked at any time during the school year in accordance with the provisions of a student's interdistrict transfer agreement. Reasons for revocation may include, but are not limited to:

      • An increase in class size or need for space in school programs.
      • Change in student program needs in which the cost of educating the student exceeds the amount of funding received from the state for that purpose.
      • Lack of parent/school cooperation and/or compliance with the school policies/rules/district guidelines.
      • Irregular student attendance or excessive truancy.
      • A student's continued disruption of the educational program and/or continued violation of the school policies/rules/district guidelines.
      • False information used as a basis for securing a transfer shall immediately invalidate any approved transfer.
    • It shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent/Principal or designee of the school of attendance to inform the parent/guardian in writing of the revocation, through certified mail with return receipt requested. The notification shall include the last day of attendance and the reason for revocation. The Superintendent/Principal or designee will advise the district of residence of revocation.
  • If you have further questions that have not been answered here, please email or call 805-688-4025