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What criteria determine residency for a student?

Answer: 

The residency of a student is determined by physical presence for a primary purpose unrelated to school. The home in which the student is living determines the residence even if the parent / guardian is not living in the same home with the child.  

  • A mailing address does not constitute residency.
  • An apartment rented for the purpose of attending school does not establish residency.
  • In the case of shared custody, parents/guardian must designate ONE district of residence.
  • The rule of thumb is that residency is determined by where the child sleeps most nights for the week.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 17, 2014 at 8:38am.