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Attendance Zones/Transfer Forms

2016-17 Transfer Forms (please read carefully and select the correct form)


The 2016-17 Transfer Request Form is to be used ONLY for the students currently living in the Richland School District and wish to transfer to another Richland School District school. 

The Choice Transfer Form (Spanish version) is for any Richland School District student who wishes to transfer out of the Richland School District to another district or online school.

The Interdistrict Agreement is for any Richland School District student who wants to attend Richland School District part-time and another district part-time (shared FTE).

All transfer requests must be done on the correct forms or they will not be considered.

All transfer requests for students who live outside the Richland School District must be originated at the district office in their home districts.

The Student Services Department will start accepting 2016-17 school year transfer requests on Monday, February 1, 2016.

All forms must be turned in to the Richland School District Student Services Office, 615 Snow Avenue. If you have questions, email Anita Rodriguez at: anita.rodriguez@rsd.edu   or call her at 967-6003.

Pupil Attendance Areas

It is the policy of the district to provide the maximum educational opportunity for each student in the district.

Differences in interests and learning styles of students make it desirable that the Richland School District offers diverse curricula and instructional strategies. Student success depends on parental involvement in their child's education, and on every student's commitment to participate in a learning community. Consistent with these beliefs, the Richland School District supports the parents' freedom to make choices affecting the lives of their family by providing enrollment options for its students, both In-District and Out-of District.

Opening of New Schools

In the event of the opening of a new school or schools, the district reserves the right to suspend the rules for transfers in order to accommodate the specific needs of the building or it's students.

Attendance Areas

The Richland School District recognizes the importance of neighborhood schools. Students are assigned to attendance area schools according to board-adopted geographic boundaries. A student's legal residence, for attendance purposes, determines his/her attendance area school. Go to this link for specific enrollment information.

In-District Transfers

Each year by March 15, the District will establish load levels (space limitations) for individual classes and grade levels at each building, beyond which no incoming transfer student shall be added. Should parents choose to enroll their child(ren) in a school outside their attendance area, the parents and the District shall agree to continue the child(ren) until the student completes the highest grade at that level, (elementary, middle, or high school). Requests for continued enrollment shall not be necessary, unless so noted at the time of the initial approval. Parents are required to notify the District if at any time, after the first year, they desire to return their child to the attendance area school. The Secondary Placement Committee will process transfer requests related to River's Edge High School.

Out-of District Transfers

Out-of District transfers will be considered after all In-District transfers have been processed. Parents are required to notify the District if at any time, after the first year, they desire to return their child to the attendance area school. Out-of District transfers will be subject to all district rules for enrollment or transfer.

Children of School Employees

All certified (part-time or full time) and full-time classified employees may enroll their children at the school where the employee is assigned.  The children will be enrolled even if the building is at capacity. These students will be approved into middle school and high school with their cohorts.

Children of full-time school employees who live within the district’s boundary may enroll at any school within the District provided the enrolling student will not displace a student who lives within the school boundary area. If the requested building is at capacity, the District will offer placement at another building.

Children of full-time school employees, who live outside of the District boundaries, shall be permitted to enroll at any school within the District unless:

  1. The student’s disciplinary records indicate a history of convictions for offenses or crimes, violent or disruptive behavior, or gang membership;
  2. The student has been expelled or suspended from school for more than ten consecutive days; or
  3. Enrollment of the child would displace a child who is a resident of the District or school boundary area.  In the event a particular school is at capacity, the student will be offered enrollment at another school within the District.

Once a child has been enrolled under any of the aforementioned provisions, the student will be permitted to remain enrolled until s/he completes the highest grade level offered at that school.  Except for students falling under #1 of the above, it is the responsibility of the parent to submit additional requests when moving to the next school level, i.e., elementary to middle level or middle level to senior high.  The District shall establish a priority for school placement.  Employees wishing to enroll their student(s) under these provisions must meet the timelines specified in the rules and regulations.

Falsifying Information

Falsifying information, documents, or the failure to notify the district of changes in residence status with regard to enrolling in a non-attendance area school will result in the student(s) being withdrawn and returned to their attendance area school or district. The student(s) will not be eligible to re-apply for transfer for one calendar year from the date of withdrawal from the Richland School District.

Extracurricular Eligibility

Eligibility for interscholastic activities for Out-of District transfer students will be subject to rules adopted by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA). Eligibility for interscholastic athletics for In-District transfer students will be subject to rules developed by the Superintendent or designee. These rules are intended to discourage school shopping by athletes and recruiting by member schools and their agents.

Special Programs

A school transfer may be requested for students enrolled in special programs provided that appropriate services and program space are available at the chosen facility.

Administrative Transfer Option

In the event that a school experiences an overload situation, the District reserves the right to administratively transfer both Out-of district and In-district students to another school with available classroom space.

Transportation

Transportation will be the responsibility of the parent(s) or guardian in all transfer cases unless otherwise determined by the school district.

Appeals

Appeals to the transfer procedure may be directed to the appropriate parties as defined in the rules and regulations. (RR 3130 p. 3 of 5 # 12)

In-District Transfers

Residence: The student's legal residence determines the individual's attendance area school. To attend a district school other than the attendance area school requires an In-District transfer.

The following sequence will typify In-District enrollment transfers:

1. In consultation with the principals, the District will establish load levels (space limitations) for individual classes and grade levels at each building, beyond which no incoming transfer student shall be added.

2. Enrollment numbers for the upcoming school year will be determined by March 15.

3. Parents will complete school transfer requests during the open enrollment period of February 1 to February 29, for In-District students. Transfer request forms may be obtained at any school or at the Administration Building and are to be returned to the Student Services Office. Applications received during the open enrollment period will be considered based on the criteria listed below (see "Priorities for School Placement". (RR 3130, p. 5 of 5)

4. The District will notify parents of acceptance or denial of transfer requests no later than May 1.

5. School transfer requests received after the open enrollment period will be processed on a case-by-case basis as space is available.

6. If the application is granted, the parents will agree to: Provide transportation to and from the requested school or the nearest bus route serving the school as long as space is available. Keep the child in the requested school for the entire school year. Notify the district if at any time, after the first year, the parents wish to return the child to the attendance area school.

7. If the application is denied, the student will be enrolled at the attendance area school or another school with available space if requested. A letter of explanation for the denial will be sent to the parents.

8. In-District students whose legal residence changes to another attendance area will not be required to change schools mid-year but must submit an application for transfer to remain at the non-attendance area school.

9. These procedures apply to all Richland School District students with the exception of River's Edge High School. Student transfers to River's Edge High School will be reviewed by the Secondary Placement Committee.

10. Athletic Interscholastic Participation for In-District Transfer Students: The purpose of these transfer rules is to protect, rather than to inhibit students who participate in athletic competition. They are devised to eliminate the incentive to transfer schools for athletic purposes after a student has initially chosen a school. These rules protect students who have previously participated in athletic competition at district secondary schools from being replaced by in-district students who transfer for athletic purposes. School district employees will not recruit students for high school athletic programs. In like manner, secondary school athletes will not be encouraged to enact recruitment activities among any students. Enforcement will be by coaches, staff and administration. The transfer rules encourage fair play; discourage school shopping, recruiting, and excesses and abuses of school promotion; and protect the integrity of interscholastic athletic programs within the district.

a. After registering with and/or attending a high school and participating in an athletic activity, students changing enrollment to/from one school to another within the district shall be considered transferring students. Transfer and residence rules shall also apply to students receiving home-based instruction.

b. In order to be deemed eligible to participate and/or represent the school in an interscholastic varsity level contest at the school in which the transfer student is enrolled, the transfer student must have attended that school continuously for a period of twelve months from the date of enrollment residing with a natural parent or designated guardian. All transferring students are eligible for all interscholastic competition below the varsity level.

c. Any student who is granted transfer to a district high school at the beginning of their ninth grade year shall be eligible to participate up to and including the varsity level, in the interscholastic program of the corresponding high school. Eligibility will have to be reestablished after any subsequent transfer to another district high school by attending the subsequent high school for one calendar year from the date of enrollment.

d. A student whose transfer is based upon a bona fide change of residence to a different school within the district due to an actual physical relocation of and with the parents shall be deemed to meet the residence rule.

e. Students whose parents or legal guardians reside at different abodes within the district are deemed to meet the residence rule for that year for the school at which they are enrolled at the first day of the school year. Subsequent changes of residence to reside with a parent or guardian within a given school year, unless under court order, shall cause the student to be considered a transfer student and no longer deemed to meet the residence rule.

f. Students who reside with a relative or surviving parent following the death or disability of a parent shall be deemed to meet the residency requirement.

g. Students who are under the commitment of the Department of Social and Health Services, the juvenile court or the release of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction where residence is the result of assignment by a governmental entity shall be deemed to meet the residence rule.

Transferring students can request a waiver of the residence rule. The student must meet with and furnish evidence of hardship to the principal of the school from which the student is transferring. A hardship exists when some unique circumstance beyond the student's, or where applicable, their parent/guardian's control, necessitates a waiver of residence. Curriculum offerings do not constitute a hardship. Usual maturation problems, family situations, or peer relations do not constitute a hardship. The burden of providing evidence that a hardship exists shall be borne by the student. There shall be a direct causal relationship between the alleged hardship and the student's request for a waiver of the residence rule. The principal will sign the transfer form indicating approval of athletic eligibility. A copy of the signed transfer form with approved athletic eligibility must be retained on file in the receiving school's activity office for the duration of the student's attendance at that school.

11. Appeals to the transfer procedures may be made to the designated District Administrator. The District Administrator or designee shall review the appeal and respond to the appellant in writing within five (5) school days of receipt of the appeal.

12. The student may further appeal to the Board of Directors within ten (10) days following the date of notification of the District Administrator's decision. The Board of Directors shall schedule a hearing and review the findings and recommendations of the District Administrator. The decision of the Board shall be written and a copy provided to the student within five (5) school days following the date of the hearing. The decision of the Board of Directors shall be final.

Out of District Transfers

1. A choice form should be obtained from the school district office of the city in which the student resides. After the form has been completed, including the signature of release by the district administrator, it should be submitted to the Richland School District by the student's home district.

2. Non-resident students will be considered for admission to the Richland School District using the guidelines 1 through 7 applicable to In-District transfers. (RR 3130 p. 1 of 5) Parents will complete enrollment transfer applications for Out-of District students during the open enrollment period. Applications may be picked up at any school or at the Administration Building and are to be returned to the Student Services Office. Applications received during the open enrollment period will be considered based on the criteria listed below (see "Priorities for School Placement".

3. Non-resident student approvals will be valid through the end of the current school year. The district reserves the right to revoke any transfer at the end of the trimester, semester, or school year based on the same criteria for acceptance of Out-of District transfers found in item #4 of RR3130, p. 4 of 5.

4. The superintendent may reject an application for Out-of District transfer if the student's attendance in the district is likely to create a risk to the health or safety of other students or staff, or disturb the educational process. Previous misconduct, violent acts, or gang activity may be used as a basis to make this determination. A student currently under suspension or expulsion shall not be considered for transfer until the issuing district has removed the suspension or expulsion.

5. Appeals of denials for Out-of District transfer requests may be made to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Olympia, Washington.

6. Athletic eligibility for varsity level participation will be established by attendance in the district high school for one calendar year from the date of enrollment.

Priorities for School Placement

First priority will always be given to district residents attending their attendance area school. Requests for enrollment at a school outside the student's attendance area shall be prioritized as follows:

IN-DISTRICT

  1. Children of full-time school employees. 
  2. Students who have moved within the Richland School District boundary and wish to remain at their current school.
  3. Students who receive child care in the school attendance area (Elementary students only). 
  4. Siblings of students currently enrolled in a non-attendance area school. 
  5. Students making new In-District transfer requests for enrollment in a non-attendance area school.

OUT-OF-DISTRICT

1. Non-resident students requesting enrollment in a Richland school:

  • Children of full-time school employees
  • Students who attended the requested school last year.
  • Students who have child care provided in the requested school attendance area. (Elementary only)
  • Siblings of students currently enrolled at the requested school.
  • Students currently attending school in the Richland School District moving up to 6th or 9th grade.
  • Students making new Out-of District transfer requests.

Transfer requests received after the open enrollment period ends will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis as space is available.

ADMINISTRATIVE TRANSFER OPTION

Overloads

In the event that an overload situation occurs at a particular school, the District reserves the right to administratively transfer students to another school with available classroom space.