Instructions for IDA's into BUSD
According to Ed Code and Board Policy (found here), TK-12th-grade students are required to attend school in the district of residence of their parents or legal guardian. When a parent has a compelling reason and wants their student to attend a school outside of the district of residence they must obtain an IDA (Inter-District Transfer). Benicia Unified welcomes students seeking an IDA, however, will not consider IDA requests after May 15th of the school year. BUSD will begin accepting the applications for IDAs after January 10th. These permits will not be processed until May 15th at the earliest. Students requesting an IDA must be in good standing at their current school with good attendance (no cuts, tardies, or excessive absences), average grades (2.0 or above), and no discipline issues. These documents must accompany the transfer request or the request will not be considered. The District may deny an IDA if the student is not in good standing or the District does not have space in the required grade or program. These are the steps to obtaining an IDA (Inter-District Agreement) also known as a transfer from one district to another;
- Parent or Guardian must go to the district where they reside and fill out the IDA request. The parent or guardian leaves the request at the residing district for approval or denial. The parent must include the most current grades, discipline, and attendance unless the student is entering school for the first time (K or TK).
- The district of residence reads the IDA and gives approval or denial for the student to leave that district. If the request is denied, the process ends there. If the request is approved the district then sends this paperwork to the district (BUSD) the parent is requesting the student attend.
- The district of the request (BUSD) then reviews the paperwork and makes a decision based on available space and appropriate grades, attendance, and behavior. The Superintendent may approve a transfer for these reasons: the parent(s) works in Benicia for 10 or more hours per week, the student is a victim of a proven act of bullying (EC 48900), to meet the childcare needs of the student, to meet the students special mental or physical health as certified by a physician or psychologist, when the student has siblings in the District, to allow the student to complete the school year, to allow the student to remain with their graduating class, when there is valid interest in a particular program, and when a student is moving to Benicia within a month and has documentation to show this. The approval process may continue until two weeks after the start of the requested school year, while class size is being reviewed. Permits are not processed until May 15th or later. Failure of the parent to meet any of these timelines or provide any requested documentation will deem the transfer process as abandoned/withdrawn.
- Any transfers for a future year will be processed as soon as possible but no later than 14 days after the start of school. The parent is notified of the decision as soon as possible. If the IDA is approved by both districts the parent makes an appointment to enroll the student at the new school. If the IDA is denied for reasons other than grades, discipline or attendance, or space availability, the parent can appeal. This appeal is to the Superintendent of Benicia Unified School District. The appeal, supported by reason(s), copies of most recent grades, discipline and attendance must be done in writing within 10 days of the receipt of the denial letter.
- IDA’s are good for 5 years or until a student changes schools and can be revoked or rescinded for continued disciplinary problems, failing grades or continued unexcused absences, excessive absences or tardies. This revocation cannot be appealed and is final. Continuing students in grades 11 and 12 cannot have their IDA revoked/rescinded after June 30th following their 10th-grade year. Requests for new IDAs can be denied for any grade level.
Instructions for IDA's out of BUSD
According to Ed Code and Board Policy (found here), students are required to attend school in the district of residence of their parents or legal guardian. When a parent has a compelling reason and wants their student to attend a school outside of the district of residence they must obtain an IDA. Benicia Unified will consider all applications for an IDA out of BUSD and into a different district. These are the steps to obtaining an IDA (Inter District Agreement) also known as a transfer from one district to another;
- Parent or Guardian must go to the district where they reside, Benicia Unified, and fill out the IDA request. This is done by appointment only. Please call Betty Jensen at 707-747-8300 ext. 1211, to set up the appointment.
- The district of residence, BUSD, reads the IDA and gives an approval or denial for the student to leave that district. The district then sends this paperwork to the district the parent is requesting the student attend.
- The district of request then reviews the paperwork and makes a decision based on available space and appropriate attendance and behavior.
- The parent is notified of the decision by the district the parent is requesting.