Washington law generally requires schools to be open to the admission of all persons between the ages of 5 and 21 residing in that school district. (RCW 28A.225.160). The Newport School District ("District") is required to take appropriate steps to ensure that students attending our schools satisfy applicable laws. This Residency Verification Form must be completed, signed and submitted with appropriate documentation demonstrating compliance with Washington’s residency laws.
Are students, except homeless students as provided by Federal statute, required to show current residency in a district in order to enroll in a district school?
A state or district may establish bona fide residency requirements and thus might require that all prospective students, except homeless students as defined and provided by the Federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 11301 et seq., furnish proof of residency within the district.
How can students meet requirements to show current residency in a school district?
Rules vary among states and districts on what forms of documentation can be used to prove residency within a district. Districts typically accept a variety of documents as proof of residency, such as a telephone or utility bill, mortgage or lease document, parent affidavit, rent payment receipts, a copy of a money order made for payment of rent, or a letter from a parent’s employer that is written on company letterhead.
A parent must be permitted to establish residency using any of the alternative methods provided for by state or local law. States and districts cannot apply different rules, or apply the same rules differently, to children based on their or their parents’ actual or perceived race, color, national origin, citizenship, immigration status, or other impermissible factor. All students must be treated equally.4
A district should review the list of documents that can be used to establish residency to ensure that the documents required would not unlawfully bar or discourage a student who is undocumented or whose parents are undocumented from enrolling in or attending school.