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Interdistrict Permits

UPDATED AS OF WEDNESDAY JULY 29, 2020:
 
For families wanting to submit new Interdistrict Permits (you are not currently enrolled in our district), here is the process:
 
Due to COVID-19, this year, the processing of Interdistrict applications will be conducted online. Please do not come to the district office.
 
On Monday, August 3, 2020, beginning at 8:00 am, please email your completed application packet as a pdf attachment, or jpeg photos of all required documents to: permits@spusd.net. Please put "Interdistrict application for 20-21 - (your student's name)" in the subject line. Please attach all required documents to one email per application, if possible.
 
For your application to be complete, you will need:
 
1) Approved release for 20-21 from your child's district of residence to South Pasadena Unified
2) Completed application for SPUSD interdistrict permit for your child (application below at the bottom of this page)
3) If entering grades 1 - 12, copy of your child's last year's report card,  or your child's TK report card if attended in 19-20, and applying for Kindergarten
4) If entering grades 5 - 12 and your child previously attended public school, a copy of your child's 18-19 CAASPP/SBAC scores, or your child's most recent CAASPP scores (grades 11 and 12)
5) If entering grades 4 - 12 and your child previously attended private school, a copy of your child's most recent standardized test score showing your child's scores in English and mathematics
6) Requested documentation on page 2 of the SPUSD permit application, depending on reason for request: Child care, parent employment, sibling, health & safety, specialized program, continuing enrollment, final year, or change in residence.
 
Incomplete applications will not be processed, as stated on the second page of the SPUSD Interdistrict permit application.
 
If you are still waiting on a release from your home school district on August 3rd, you may apply as soon as you receive your release. Priority will be determined based on time of received email on or after 8:00 am on Monday, August 3, 2020.
 
SPUSD schools will begin the school year using a distance learning model for all enrolled students.
 
 
Parents may submit new interdistrict permits for the 2020-2021 school year. However, due to limited capacity, new permits may or may not be processed for enrollment in SPUSD. Prior to applying for an interdistrict permit with SPUSD, the parent must obtain a release from their district of residence.
 
CAUTION for Elementary Families: Families are only allowed to request one release from their district of residence per school year.  Since our elementary schools are currently full without any available classroom space, we encourage families to seek a release to a school district with available space. Unlike our neighboring school districts, SPUSD is not in declining enrollment.  All elementary permit requests will likely be denied due to a lack of available space (except for a limited number of dual immersion fluent-Spanish or fluent- Mandarin student permit requests since limited space may be available in the DI Spanish program and the upper elementary DI Mandarin Program).  
 
High School Families: Space is available at South Pasadena High School for students who meet the criteria outlined in AR 5117 below.  Please review the criteria before submitting your inter-district permit application.  
 
Student Criteria for an Interdistrict Attendance Agreement

A student considered for admission to South Pasadena Unified School District on an Interdistrict Attendance
Agreement, unless the student is an incoming Kindergartener, must meet the following criteria:

1. The most recent report card for secondary students must show a 3.0 or above academic GPA, and no more than
one Unsatisfactory citizenship mark or comment. The most recent report card for elementary students must show
above average grades and citizenship marks, as determined by the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, or
designee.
2. The high school transcript for secondary students must show at least a 3.0 cumulative academic GPA.
3. The student's most recent state assessment results or other standardized test scores must show meeting or
exceeding standards in all subject areas.
 
If SPUSD is able to accommodate the permit request, the parent will be notified no later than September 11, 2020.  Parents should have a "Plan B" in mind, in the event that SPUSD is not able to grant a permit to attend SPUSD. If your "backup school" begins prior to the start of the 2020-2021 school year (August 13, 2020), and you have not heard back from us, you should plan on attending your "backup school". If we cannot accept your student to attend one of our schools on permit, you will be notified in writing no later than September 11, 2020. At that time, we will be finished with all new permit applications for the 2020-2021 school year.
 
Information on Interdistrict permits for the 2020-2021 school year:
 
1) If you are attending SPUSD on an interdistrict permit for the 2020-2021 school year, and will be transitioning from 5th to 6th grade, or from 8th to 9th grade, you will need to get a new release from your home school district to attend SPUSD for the 2020-2021 school year. These are the only permit students who need to get a new release, per AB 2444. Please come to the District Office beginning Monday, June 15th, 2020, to submit your approved release and to complete SPUSD paperwork to try to continue on as a permit student for the 2020-2021 school year. Please complete this paperwork no later than June 26, 2020.
 
2) For students attending SPUSD on current interdistrict permits only, who are not transitioning from 5th grade to 6th grade, or from 8th grade to 9th grade: beginning Monday, June 15th, 2020, come to the SPUSD Office of Instruction, Room 4, where you will be asked to complete our Interdistrict Permit Contract, for the 2020-2021 school year to try to continue on as a permit student for the 2020-2021 school year. Please complete this paperwork no later than June 26, 2020.
 

3) For LAUSD residents currently on permit at SPUSD who are transitioning from 5th to 6th grade, or from 8th to 9th grade, please click on the following link to access the LAUSD website where you can request a release for continued enrollment for your LAUSD student:  (please note that LAUSD's window for applying for a release is February 1, 2020- April 30, 2020 only. After April 30, they will only process release requests if they are parent employment-related, or you will have to go through a lengthy appeal process for having missed their application deadline). If you live in LAUSD and are attempting to obtain a release from LAUSD, the link below is where you access their online application for a release:

https://permits.lausd.net/

If you live in Los Angeles, and would like to determine which is your home school in Los Angeles, click on this link: http://rsi.lausd.net/ResidentSchoolIdentifier/
 
4) If you are a South Pasadena resident, and would like your student to attend another public school outside of South Pasadena for the 2020-2021 school year, you will need to complete an Interdistrict Release Application, beginning Monday, May 4, 2020, at the Office of Instruction, Room 4. If you have an earlier deadline for your intended district, please come to the Office of Instruction to complete an application for a release for the 2020-2021 school year. Please bring documentation to support the reason for your request for a release (proof of parent employment in the requested district, proof of childcare provider in the requested district, proof of acceptance into the specialized program in the requested district, etc.).
 
5) If you are not a South Pasadena resident, and you would like your student to try and attend one of the South Pasadena schools, the first day you may apply for the 2020-2021 school year is Monday, August 3, 2020, but only if you have a valid release from your home school district. If you have not obtained your release from your school district by August 3rd, come as soon as you receive it so you can complete the permit application and be added to the list of applicants.  Other required documents include your student's most recent report card (if applying for grades 1-12), and your student's most recent standardized test score (CAASPP or SBAC test for public school students, and if a private school student, their most recent standardized test result, if available) if student is applying for grades 4-12. We would like to emphasize that there may not be space available to accept K-8 interdistrict permit students for the 2020-2021 school year, so we strongly encourage all applicants to have a back-up plan should their permit be denied due to lack of space. For 2020-2021, we often cannot determine if we have room to accept interdistrict permit students until the start of school or well into the first week of school. If your back-up plan school begins prior to our start of school and we have not contacted you, your student should begin school in their home school of residence. By Wednesday, September 2, 2020, all permits will have a final decision of either acceptance or denial, and applicants will be notified by mail. At that time, we will be finished with all new permit applications for the 2020-2021 school year.  For the 2020-2021 school year, all SPUSD schools begin on Thursday, August 13, 2020.
 
6) For an understanding of the levels of priority given to new interdistrict applicants, please see our Administrative Regulation 5117  regarding Interdistrict Permits, located below.
 
7) All applications must include a copy of the most current transcript/report card, a copy of the most recent standardized scores for students in grade 4-12, and the documentation requested to support each reason provided. Students must have proficient grades and standardized test scores in all areas in order to meet the student criteria listed in AR 5117 and be eligible for admittance. 
 
Below is a chart of documentation that must be attached to the application at the time of submission. Please note that incomplete applications will not be processed. Requests will be considered based on local board policies and on individual merit.
 

Reason for Request

Documentation Required

Child Care

¨ Proof of employment of all parents/guardians who are involved in the student’s life on a day-to-day basis

-    Copy of a recent pay stub

-    Letter on the employer’s stationery verifying schedule (hours and days) and location of employment

-    If self-employed, letter stating schedule (hours and days) and location of employment

¨ Letter from the adult, center or organization providing childcare

-    Name, address and contact information of the adult, center or organization

-    Childcare license number and fees, if applicable

-    Hours of operation for the center or organization, or hours that the student is under care

-    Length of time student has been under care by the adult, center or organization

¨ Letter from parent/guardian explaining the circumstances that an interdistrict permit is necessary under child care reasons

Parent Employment

¨ Proof of employment of all parents/guardians who are involved in the student’s life on a day-to-day basis

-    Copy of a recent pay stub

-    Letter on the employer’s stationery verifying schedule (hours and days) and location of employment

-    If self-employed, letter stating schedule (hours and days) and location of employment

¨ Letter from parent/guardian explaining the circumstances that an interdistrict permit is necessary under parent employment reasons

Sibling

¨ Name, grade and school where the sibling attends (sibling must already attend the proposed district of attendance)

¨ Copy of the sibling’s last report card

¨ Copy of the sibling’s release permit from the district of residence

Health & Safety

¨ Letter or report from a doctor, psychologist, or other appropriate person verifying health-related issues (if applicable)

¨ Police or school report supporting safety-related issues (if applicable)

¨ Letter from parent/guardian explaining the circumstance that an interdistrict permit is necessary under health and safety reasons

Specialized Program

¨ Copy of the flyer, brochure, or other informational material detailing the specialized program in which the student is interested

¨ Letter from parent/guardian expressing the extent of the student’s interest in the specialized program, and how the program is either unavailable or not comparable at the district of residence

Continuing Enrollment

¨ Copy of the student’s last report card

¨ Letter from parent/guardian stating the enrollment history (grade and school/district) of the student since kindergarten

Final Year

¨ Copy of the student’s last report card

Change in Residence

¨ Copy of escrow documents

 
8) If you have further questions that are not addressed on this page, please contact the Office of Instruction at 626-441-5810 X1120.

Interdistrict Permits