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Instructions for IDA's into 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 (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. Students requesting an IDA must be in good standing at their current school with good attendance, average grades, and no discipline issues. 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 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. This process may continue until two weeks after the start of the requested school year
  • 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 the parent can appeal. The first 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  • IDA’s are good for 5 years or until a student changes schools and can be revoked or rescinded for continued disciplinary problems, failing grades or continued unexcused absences, excessive absences or tardies. Continuing students in grades 11 and 12 cannot have their IDA revoked/rescinded after June 30th following their 10th-grade year.

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.

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