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New Student Enrollment

During COVID-19

The school enrollment process usually involves an appointment at the school of residence to provide documents from each of the following four areas listed below prior to your student being considered “fully enrolled” :

Due to the current COVID-19 circumstances, we are asking that you please communicate via email to the Elementary Office Managers or the middle and high school registrars regarding your new student enrollment (emails can be found below). You will then need to fill out the enrollment form linked below and submit it with copies of the documents listed below. Your student will be provisionally enrolled after we receive all of these required documents. Once the COVID 19 shelter in place is lifted you will need to make an appointment at your school site to show the originals to the registrar in order to finalize the enrollment. All of the documents including the enrollment form can be submitted electronically via email directly to the site.  Any questions can also be emailed directly to your school site.

Welcome, New Families to Benicia Unified!

BUSD welcomes all new families to the school district and we want to make enrollment as painless as possible. BUSD is a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students. New student enrollment begins on February 1st of each school year and continues throughout the school year. Enrollment is for Benicia residents only. Please go to the Inter-District Transfer tab for information on enrollment for students who reside outside of the District.

The school enrollment process involves a number of steps and requires that various documents be presented. Steps 1 through 4 in the process must be completed before a student is considered “fully enrolled”. Call the individual school site for an appointment to present these documents. Unfortunately, enrollment cannot be done on a walk-in basis. The sites are closed in the summer for the month of July.

Elementary parents can find the site where the enrollment will take place by going to the section “What school will my child attend?” under the parent tab. There is no guarantee that your student will attend that school, but early enrollment (in February) does assist with the process.  Please read the information under the tab: Open Enrollment and Overflow. Site phone numbers: Mary Farmar 747-8350 · Robert Semple 747-8360 · Joe Henderson 747-8370 · Matthew Turner 747-8390 · Benicia Middle 748-2814 · Benicia High School 747-8334. If you want your student to attend an elementary school that is not your resident school, please apply for Open Enrollment during the month of March. Please go to the Open Enrollment tab for more information.

Students must turn 5 by September 1st to enroll in Kindergarten and must turn 5 between September 2 and December 2 to enroll in Transitional Kindergarten. These dates are firm and exceptions are not considered. Transitional Kindergarten classroom locations are determined based on the number of students that enroll in the program. These classrooms will be known by August, if not before.

1. AGE VERIFICATION:

One of the following is required to verify age and identity:

  • Birth Certificate: Original and Certified, Including Foreign Birth Certificates
  • Current Passport
  • A duly attested baptism certificate
  • Affidavits,  or any other appropriate means of proving the age of the child as permitted by law

2. VERIFICATION OF RESIDENCY in the Benicia Unified School District:

State law requires that public schools verify student residence. Board Policy number 5111, 5111.1, and 5111.2 of the Benicia Unified School District and Education Code 48204.6 provide that evidence of residency be submitted for each student desiring to attend schools within the district.

As evidence of residency within the Benicia Unified School District at a minimum, three documents will be required: These must be originals, the clerk will make a copy and sticky notes or a marker can be used to cover private information, such as price or other financial information as instructed below:

 

One document from Category 1, Category 2, and Category 3.
Category 1:
  • Current passport
  • Current Driver’s License- w/ current address
  • Current CA ID
  • Current Military ID

(ID showing current Benicia Address, may have 30 days if just recently moved)

Category 2:
  • Grant Deed/Mortgage Coupon to property of residence with imprinted parent name and address
  • Current property tax bill with imprinted parent/guardian name and address
  • Rental/Lease Agreement (must be an original and Manager cannot be a relative)

NOTE: Rental/Lease Agreement should include the following information:

    • Parent/Guardian name (s)
    • Indication that children will reside (names or number of children)
    • Manager or owner’s name and phone number
Category 3:
  • State or Federal Tax return with current imprinted label with parent/guardian name and address filed within the past 12 months with W-2 form attached
  • Payroll check stub with imprinted name and address of parent/guardian
  • Other form of identification or correspondence from a government agency or utility company or bank statement

 

(A notarized letter will be required for families living with relatives, along with all required documentation. The form will be supplied by the site registrar at the time of enrollment along with instructions.)

NOTE: Unannounced home visitations by a district residency verification officer may be conducted on an on-going basis during the student’s attendance in BUSD schools. If the Superintendent or designee, upon investigation, has determined that a student’s enrollment is based on false evidence, he/she shall revoke the student’s enrollment. The District may request verification of residency at any time.

3. VERIFICATION OF REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS/Completion of Ca. Sch. Immun. Record:


Upon entrance to the district, every student must have an up-to-date immunization record supported by written documentation from a physician. New legislation (SB 277) states that, as of January 1, 2016, personal belief exemptions for state-mandated immunizations will no longer be accepted when registering students for school. Parents who choose not to immunize their student for school have the option of homeschooling or an independent study program. More information about SB 277 is available at shotsforschool.org. Children lacking one or more required vaccine doses but not currently due for a dose may be admitted conditionally. Documentation that remaining doses have been received will be required. If all conditions are not met, the students will be excluded from school attendance. Please read the Immunization Requirements below.

4. PLEASE SEE REQUIRED FORMS BELOW:

5. ALL OTHER FORMS/INFO:

Contact Info:

BHS

Jane Uggla

Registrar

BMS

Sue Wing

Registrar

JHE

Uilani Osborne

Office Manager

MFE

Anita Carcamo

Office Manager

MTE

Debbie Golden

Office Manager

RSE

Vicki Zimmer

Office Manager

In light of the ever-changing situation with COVID-19, Benicia Unified schools will be closed ­­­­­­­­­beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 through July.Click Here for The Latest Info
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