Proof of Residency Requirements
Proof of Residence Dorchester School District Two requires each parent/guardian to provide Proof of Residence each school year. Acceptable proof would be one of the following: a current utility bill which includes a service address in the parent/guardian’s name, verification of application for utility service in the parent/guardian’s name, a current tax bill with parent/guardian’s name and address, or current mortgage/signed lease agreement with parent/guardian’s name will be accepted. With mortgage/lease agreement a current utility bill which includes a service address in the parent/guardian’s name must be provided within 30 days.
Family Living with another Family/Relative (Shared Residency) Parent/guardian and the person who owns/rents the residence must complete the Shared Housing Form and have it notarized. Documentation of Proof of Residence (utility bill or tax bill, etc.) must also be provided by the person who owns/rents the residence. An additional type of Proof of Residence will need to be provided listing the parent/guardian name and the shared housing address.
Additional Documentation Required:
* Legitimate mail listing the parent/guardian's name and the shared housing
address. For example: Paystub, Insurance Information, Cell Phone Bill, Bank Statement, etc.
* A SC license or state ID in the parent/guradian's name matching the shared housing address.
Family Moving Within District During School Year If a family changes residency within Dorchester School District Two during the school year that would change the school to which the student(s) are zoned, the parent/guardian can provide acceptable Proof of Residence, as defined above, to the new school to enroll the child(ren). If a family changes residency within Dorchester School District Two during the school year and the student has attended school through the 45th day, the student may finish the year at that school with district approval. The parent/guardian is required to provide an In-District Transfer Request to the school along with a current Proof of Residence. The school will then forward the information to the appropriate District Director for approval/denial. It is important to note the parent/guardian is responsible for providing transportation to and from school.
In-District Transfer Requests All students are expected to attend the school to which their residence is zoned. If there is a special hardship or other special situation, in-district transfer requests will be considered. All requests for in-district transfers will be handled by the appropriate District Director. The In-District Transfer Request and the required Proof of Residence should be submitted to the school the children are zoned to attend. Please note that availability of space is a critical factor in approving or denying requests. Approved transfers are, unless otherwise specified, granted until the student completes the highest grade at the school. A student’s transfer may be revoked by the superintendent’s designee for reasons including, but not limited to, repeated tardiness and/or other irregularities of attendance, and/or repeated consequential violations of the discipline code. The student’s parent/guardian will be responsible for transportation to and from school.
Guardianship/Custody If a court order is signed by a judge giving custody/guardianship, the court order must be presented to the school. A copy of the order will be placed in the student(s) permanent record. If a court order is not available, an appointment needs to be made with a school administrator.