Residency Requirements for Students Entering the District
The District seeks documentation to verify that the child to be enrolled resides with a parent or person in parental relation, and that the parent or person in parental relation maintains a physical presence in the District that qualifies as a residence.
To establish that the child resides with the parent or person in parental relation, the District requests that the adult sign an affidavit that the child lawfully resides with them. In the case of a person in parental relation, the affidavit must also state that the adult has total and permanent custody and control of the child, and explain how they obtained that custody and control.
To establish that the adult maintains a residence in the District, the District first requests this documentation:
- A copy of a residential lease or proof of ownership of a house or condominium;
- A notarized statement signed by a landlord, property owner, or tenant from whom the adult leases or rents property, or with whom the adult shares property within the District;
- Some other signed statement from a third party establishing the parent(s’) or person(s) in parental relation’s physical presence within the District; OR
- Other forms of documentation and/or information establishing physical presence in the district, which may include but not be limited to those listed below.
If these forms of documentation are not available, the District will accept for review other forms of documentation of residency within the previous 3 months, including but not limited to:
- Pay stub;
- Income tax form;
- Utility or other bills;
- Medical bill;
- Membership documents based on residency (e.g., library card);
- Voter registration documents;
- Official driver license, learner permit, or non-driver identification;
- State or other government issued identification or documents relating to government services or benefits;
- Documents issued by federal, state or local agencies (e.g. local social service agency, federal Office of Refugee Resettlement);or
- Evidence of custody of the child, including, but not limited to judicial custody orders or guardianship papers.
The District may also require the parent(s) or person(s) in parental relation to provide an affidavit either: (1) indicating that they are the parent(s) with whom the child lawfully resides; or (2) indicating that they are the person(s) in parental relation to the child, over whom they have total and permanent custody and control, whether through guardianship or otherwise. The District may also accept other proof, such as documentation indicating that the child resides with a sponsor with whom the child has been placed by a federal agency. The District will not require submission of a judicial custody order or an order of guardianship as a condition of enrollment.
If no residency documentation is available, please contact Amanda Snyder, District Registrar, at (315) 697-6326.
Determination Regarding Continued Enrollment
In the usual case, a determination of whether the child is entitled to continue attendance in the District will be made by the Superintendent, or the Superintendent's Designee within three (3) business days of the child's initial enrollment. This time period may be extended where additional documentation is required, or verification is required. Each parent or person in parental relation who seeks to enroll a child will be provided a reasonable opportunity to submit available information. A written notification of the determination will be provided to the parent or person in parental relation who requested the enrollment.
If the determination has been made by a school official other than the Board or its designee, the parent or person in parental relation will be notified of the procedure for obtaining a review of that determination within the District.
When the Board or its designee determines that a child is not entitled to attend school in the District because the child is not a resident of the District, the written notice of that determination will be provided to the parent or person in parental relation within two (2) business days of the determination, and it will include this information:
- That the child is considered not entitled to attend school in the District because of non-resident status;
- The specific basis for the determination that the child is not a resident of the District, including a description of the documentary and other evidence upon which the determination is based;
- The date on which the child will be excluded from school; and
- That the determination may be appealed to the Commissioner of Education, in accordance with Eduction Law Section 310, within thirty (30) days of the date of the determination, and that they instructions, forms, and procedures for taking such an appeal (including translated versions of the instructions and forms) may be obtained from the Office of Counsel at www.counsel.nysed.gov or by mail addressed to the office of Counsel, New York State Education Department, State Education Building, Albany, NY 12234, or by calling the Appeals Coordinator at (518) 474-8927