Gonzales Unified S.D. will be accepting and processing interdistrict transfer requests for the subsequent school year as of January 1 of each year.
o Deadline to submit interdistrict transfers for the current year is May 15.
o School Transfers may be approved or denied according to the listed reasons in our board policy/administrative regulation 5117.
o Supporting evidence documents and/or information must be submitted with the transfer (example; child care provider information, paystub, business card, employer letter).
o If applicable, the process and timelines by which a denial of a request may be appealed within the school district before the school district renders a final decision is 30 days.
o Failure of the parent to meet any timelines established by the school district shall be deemed an abandonment of the request.
o Applicable timelines for processing a request, including statements that the school district shall do both of the following:
Notify a parent submitting a current year request of its final decision within 30 calendar days from the date the request was received.
Notify a parent submitting a future year request 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 interdistrict transfer is sought.
The conditions under which an existing interdistrict transfer permit may be revoked or rescinded.
• Requirements that notice from a district or a county office of education to a parent/guardian regarding a request be translated if the language the parent/guardian speaks is one which 15% or more of the district’s population speaks as their primary language.
• A pupil may only be provisionally enrolled for two months, and then, if no decision has been made, the pupil cannot remain provisionally enrolled and must enroll in his or her district of residence or another school, if they are of an age requiring compulsory education.
• Explicitly stating a 30 calendar day deadline to respond to requests made during the “current school year,” meaning a request that was received 15 calendar days before the commencement of the instruction in the school year for which the transfer was sought, or within the course of that year.
• Permitting school districts to set their own deadlines for responding to requests in the “future year,” meaning a request received up until 15 calendar days before the commencement of instruction in the school year for which it is sought, so long as a parent/guardian receives a response within 14 days of the commencement of instruction in the school year for which the transfer is sought.
• Prohibiting rescinding interdistrict transfers for pupils after June 30 following the completion of grade 10, or for pupils in grade 11 or 12. Previously the law stated interdistrict transfers could not be rescinded for pupils entering grades 11 or 12.
• Parents/guardians must initiate their requests with the District of Residence. While this language is not stated explicitly, a new statute states that an appeal cannot be deemed “denied” when the permit was not first issued by the school district of residence.