Criteria for Residency / Required for Admission

Prior to enrolling their students in district schools, parents/legal guardians shall provide proof of residency.

A parent/legal guardian shall be deemed to have complied with residency requirements if they meet any of the following criteria:

  1. The student’s parents/legal guardians, or the parent who has been granted primary physical custody of the student by a court of law, reside within the district boundaries (EC 48200)
  2. The student is placed within district boundaries in a regularly established licensed children’s institution, a licensed foster home or a family home pursuant to a court-ordered commitment or placement (EC 48204)
  3. The student has been admitted on an approved Interdistrict Transfer Permit (EC 48204)
  4. The student is an emancipated minor residing within District boundaries (EC 48204)
  5. The student lives with a caregiving adult within District boundaries (EC 48204)
  6. The student resides in a state hospital located within District boundaries (EC48204)
  7. The student is confined to a hospital or other residential health facility within District boundaries for treatment of a temporary disability (EC 48207)

Optional / Permissive Admission

District residency is not required for enrollment in a regional occupational program if there are openings in the program or class (EC 52317).

Proof of Residency

1. Verification of residency of parent, licensed foster parent, or California Superior Court- appointed legal guardian within IUSD boundaries. For enrollment, two forms of residency verification are requested from those listed below:

Service and mailing addresses on all provided documents must be for the same residential address within IUSD boundaries.

  1. Property tax payment receipts;
  2. Utility service contract, statement, or payment receipts;
  3. Pay Stub (both name and residence address must appear on payroll document);
  4. Voter registration;
  5. Correspondence from a government agency;
  6. State issued identification with residence property address listed;
  7. Rental property contract, lease, or payment receipts; or
  8. Declaration of Residency Affidavit
  9. UCI Housing; an official UCI document asserting the person resides in student housing, which usually covers gas and electric

** New Communities K-12 Enrollment Address Verification Form (obtained from the sales office) Along with this form, please provide the first page and the signature page from the purchase agreement. If residing outside of IUSD boundaries, an Interdistrict Transfer Agreement is required for enrollment. If residing within IUSD boundaries, submit 2 current proofs of residency.

2. Residency Affidavit Forms

  1. Residency Verification Forms

A copy of all documents or written verification offered as proof of residency in the District shall be retained at the school site (5 CCR 432).

When presented with a substitute address designated by the Secretary of State for victims of domestic violence or stalking residing within district boundaries, schools shall accept and use the substitute address for all future communication and correspondence and in all public records. However, parents/legal guardians may be asked to provide schools with actual residence location only for emergency purposes and to establish eligibility for residency in the District (Government Code 6207).

In the event the Superintendent/designee reasonably believes false or unreliable evidence of residency has been provided by a parent/legal guardian, the following procedures apply:

  1. The Superintendent/designee shall identify the circumstances upon which the District may initiate an investigation, which shall, at a minimum, require the District employee to be able to identify specific, articulable facts supporting the belief that the parent/legal guardian of the pupil has provided false or unreliable evidence of residency. Examples of such situations include, but are not limited to: altered documents; credible information from the property owner or neighbor that the student does not reside at the address provided; results of a home visit by a District employee indicating the student does not reside at the address provided; credible information from the student stating he/she does not reside at the address provided; and/or mail sent by the school returned from the address provided.
  2. The Superintendent/designee may use reasonable investigatory methods, as appropriate, to determine residency. These methods may include, but are not limited to:
    1. Review of documentation;
    2. Home visit by District personnel;
    3. Interview of student and parent/legal guardian;
    4. Contacting the landlord or neighbors regarding whether or not the student resides at the address provided; 
  3. The Superintendent/designee may hire a private investigator if the investigatory methods described above are inconclusive to determine whether the pupil resides in the school district.
  4. For any investigation conducted pursuant to this policy, the District shall:
    1. Prohibit the surreptitious photographing or video-recording of pupils who are being investigated. For purposes of this policy, “surreptitious photographing or video-recording” means the covert collection of photographic or videographic images of persons or places subject to an investigation. For purposes of this policy, the collection of images is not covert if the technology is used in open and public view.
    2. Require that the employees and contractors of the District engaged in the investigation must identify themselves truthfully as such to individuals contacted or interviewed during the course of the investigation.
  5. If the District determines that the pupil does not meet the residency requirements for school attendance in the District, the District shall provide the parent/legal guardian with the basis for the determination. The parent/legal guardian may appeal this determination to the office of Student Services within 5 days of the determination. If an appeal is made, the burden shall be on the parent/legal guardian to show why the decision of the District should be overruled.

Revised: June 11, 2002
Revised: March 25, 2011
Revised: October 3, 2017
Revised: April 29, 2019