Enrollment and Residency Policy

  • In order to attend a St. Helena Unified School, a student must reside within established attendance boundaries. The residence of a minor child is presumed to be the legal, primary residence of the parent(s) or guardians who have physical custody of the child.

    “Residence” is the primary place where a person lives permanently, not temporarily. Because residency can change for students and their families during the course of the academic year, SHUSD may continue to verify residency after the beginning of the school year. SHUSD may also act upon anonymous tips it receives to conduct a residency verification investigation. VERIFICATION

    Before any student is assigned to attend a St. Helena Unified School or any time an address is changed once enrolled, his/her parent or legal guardian must provide documents from the following three two categories (a total of four items must be submitted):


    CATEGORY 1: One of the following original document with the parent/guardian name and address:

    • Current mortgage payment dated within the past 60 days or real estate documents indicating and verifying a change of residence (e.g., sale and purchase)
    • State or Federal Tax Return filed within the past 12 months with W-2 forms attached; Business returns do not meet residency requirements
    • Property Tax Bill with parent’s name and property address indicating home owner’s exemption
    • Management Company Rental/Lease Agreement (and if possible the last two months’ receipts); agreement must include parent’s name, student’s name, address, manager’s/owner’s name and phone number (this will be verified by a phone call or visit).

    CATEGORY 2: Three of the following original documents with parent/guardian name and address (items cannot be from the same bullet):

    • W-2 form dated within the past year or a payroll stub/check dated within the last month A Government I.D. or communication from a government agency (e.g., voter registration)
    • Current P.G.& E., cable, water, cell or garbage bill dated within the past 60 days
    • Bank or credit card statement dated within the last 60 days or valid vehicle registration with current address
    •  Current Driver’s License or State Identification Card (it is a felony to falsify information on a driver’s license with intent to fraud)


    Families found to be in violation of the residency policy will face strict penalties, including dismissal from school.

    Investigation and Enforcement

    SHUSD reserves the right to investigate addresses at any time to verify residency through an audit of records and/or unannounced home visits.

    SHUSD reserves the right to employ a private investigator to conduct home visits.

    Any family under review may be required to present additional proofs of residency beyond those outlined above.