Primary School Responsibilities
Proof of Age Requirements
The parent/guardian enrolling a student (except homeless students) in a TUSD school for the first time will be asked to produce one (1) of the following proofs.
The school will retain in the student's file a photocopy of the documentation presented.
The parent, guardian, or surrogate will be given thirty (30) days to provide documentation requested as listed above. If documentation is not provided within 30 days, a certified letter will be sent to notify the parent, guardian, or surrogate that unless the documentation is provided within ten (10) days, the local law enforcement agency will be notified. All documentation including notices to local law enforcement shall be maintained in the student's cum folder.
The school district must immediately report to the local law enforcement authorities any documents used to enroll a student that appear to be inaccurate or suspicious in form or content.
Legal Custody and Residence
A student resides with the person who has legal custody of the student. A person has "legal custody" of a minor student only if the custody is:
The District will not accept a notarized letter, temporary custody form, or power of attorney as creating or transferring legal custody or guardianship. A notarized letter or power of attorney is acceptable if the document is to confirm that legal or physical custody of a minor student has been transferred from one parent to the other parent of the student.
If a student resides with a family member or other adult who is seeking legal guardianship or custody through an uncontested guardianship or custody proceeding that has been commenced in state superior court, the student's residency may be deemed to be the residency of the family member or adult. The family member or adult must provide proof of the proceeding within 30 days of enrollment and documentation of guardianship or custody once obtained.
A parent or legal guardian must provide one (1) proof of residency to establish a person's residence in a designated attendance area, the District's boundaries or the State. This documentation must be reaffirmed during the district's annual registration process and must be maintained according to the school district's records retention schedule.
A person can prove his or her physical residence by submitting an original of one of the following documents that indicates the person's name and address:
If a parent or legal guardian does not maintain his or her own residence, the parent or legal guardian must complete and sign a form indicating his or her name, the name of the school district, and school site in which the student is being enrolled, and submit a signed, notarized affidavit bearing the name and address of the person who maintains the residence where the student lives, attesting to the fact that the student resides at that address, along with a document from the bulleted list above bearing the name and address of the person who maintains the residence. The affidavit is found in JF-R-E1.
Documentation is subject to audit. Personally identifiable information other than name and address (SSN, account numbers, etc.) should be redacted from the documentation either by parent/legal guardian or school official prior to filing.
The school will retain in the student's cumulative folder a photocopy of the documentation presented. A school may at any time require updated proof of residency.
Joint Technological Education District (JTED) admission
Within five (5) days after enrolling a transfer student, a District school must request directly from the student's previous school a certified copy of the student's permanent student education records.
The primary school of a TUSD student enrolled at two schools will manage all records, but will release the on-line information regarding the student to the ancillary school upon registration.
Exceptional Education Records
During the registration process, the registrar (or other staff member completing the registration) will ask the parent or legal guardian if the student has previously received special education services or needs accommodation for a disability. The registrar should use sufficient care when inquiring about previous special education services to ensure that the parent or legal guardian understands that "special education services" include any services previously provided pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. If the parent or legal guardian indicates that the student has received special education services, the registrar will:
Any record received from the student's previous school that contains information about special education will be promptly given to the school psychologist.
A student's residency will determine whether the student must pay tuition to attend a District school. If the student is a minor (less than 18 years of age), the student's residency is the residency of the person who has legal custody of the student. If the student is an adult (18 years of age or older), the student's residency is the student's physical place of residence. Tuition will be charged according to the following guidelines:
With regard to the admission of students who may reside outside of the Untied States, school officials should not inquire about the immigration status of the student or the student's parents. School officials may ask where a student's parent or guardian resides to determine whether the person with legal custody is a resident of the District or the state. In compliance with federal law, school officials should not ask whether the student or the student's parent is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
Non-Enrolled Student Visitors
As a general rule, children will not be permitted to attend or visit classes if they are not enrolled as students in the class or the school. The school principal may grant brief exceptions for a child whose participation in a class will enrich the learning of enrolled students. All visits by non-enrolled student visitors must be scheduled in advance and approved by the school principal.
Exchange and Other Foreign Students
The District will admit on a tuition-free basis foreign exchange student(s) in federally designated programs recognized by the US State Department - Council on Standards for International Educational Travel. If space is available, the District will admit other foreign students upon payment of reasonable tuition. The District will issue an I-20 form visa for one year to be approved at the US Embassy in the student's home country if the student will enroll in any grade 9 through 12.
The following guidelines apply to admission of exchange and other foreign students:
Reviewed: July 27, 2007 (Friday Report)
Revised: May 4, 2012 (Friday Report)
Legal Ref: A.R.S. 15-823 - Admission; Residents of Other School District; Non-residents of this State; Tuition; A.R.S. 15-802 (B)
Cross Ref: Policy # IKF - Graduation Requirements