OPEN LETTER TO PARENTS/LEGAL GUARDIANS
RE: ESTABLISHING PROOF OF RESIDENCE
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Dear Parent/Legal Guardian,
The Beaumont Independent School District and its many campuses are a highly preferred choice among families for their student’s education. In recent years, there has been a growing trend for parents to "sidestep” rules and guidelines for enrollment into the District’s schools by changing documents to reflect an address within the district’s boundaries or more specifically, within a particular attendance zone. This action has led to increased costs to taxpayers who then become responsible for subsidizing these students’ education without these families actually contributing to the tax base, as well as burdens on transportation, campus budgets, resources, class-size ratios and overcrowding issues. Further, falsifying residency may contribute to the cause of cutting many valuable programs, the reduction of services, and the potential layoff of staff members due to low enrollment at some campuses.
While it may not seem like a such big deal, you have to stop and ask, would you be okay with someone who took it upon themselves to just move into your home without your consent, help themselves to your food and household resources, drive up the cost of your utility bills and other living expenses, and cause your children to have to go without items of necessity because you lack critical financial means to provide for the rising costs; all without the individual ever once having to provide a dime to cover the fees and expenses?
Unless you are living out the fairy tale “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”; then your answer to this question is certain to be “Absolutely Not!” In fact, your response may even be to contact the authorities to seek help in removing this person from your property. Such is the same hardship issue caused by individuals falsifying documents to enroll into the District or schools within certain attendance zones who are not legally entitled or authorized to do so.
BISD is making a concerted effort to ensure that students who reside within our District boundaries have a seat available for them at their home school. Please be sure you are familiar with proof of residence requirements by clicking Enrollment Requirements to view more information. The District routinely examine all forms of residency verification as well as randomly conducts home visits to assure the veracity of student residency. While every parent should be commended for seeking out the best possible education for their child, falsifying documentation is not the answer. Warning: Presenting a false document or false records to enroll a student in school is a felony offense under Section 37.10, Penal Code. Enrollment of the child under false documents subjects the person to liability for tuition or costs under TEC Section 25.001(h).
It is our hope that families will seek appropriate, legal admission of students to the district and/or their zoned campus rather than falsify documentation. Remember, “Submitting a false address can lead to your arrest.” Contact the campus principal or the Office of Student Services to discuss any unusual residency concerns that are not outlined in the Residency or Enrollment FAQs resources. Thank you for your adherence to the laws and policies that govern student enrollment.
Beaumont Independent School District
Note: The Beaumont Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, marital status or handicapping condition in its programs, services, activities, or employment practices as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. BISD is committed to providing a free and appropriate public education for all students.
Posted: July 03, 2015