Residency & Guardianship Policy

Residency

In order for a student to be eligible to enroll in St. Johns County schools, the student’s residence must be in St. Johns County. An adult student’s residence is his or her current permanent residence of the student, parents or legal guardian(s).  If a minor student’s parents or legal guardians live in separate residences while sharing physical custody under the terms of a court-order or otherwise, the student may attend the school zoned for either residence with appropriate residency documentation.

The location of the student’s residence determines the student’s school zone and the school to which the student will be assigned, unless the student enrolls in another school in accordance with the District’s Assignment, Enrollment and Choice Plan.

Full and Complete Current Residency
A person cannot have more than one permanent residence, and only the student’s current residence as defined above may be used for enrollment purposes.

The Attendance Zone Locator should be used to determine the appropriate zoned school.  Out of Zone Waiver information is also available.

Proof of Residency
St. Johns County School District requires detailed proof of residency provided by a parent/guardian or adult student. Follow the requirements below that best describes your residency situation.

If you are a HOMEOWNER
you MUST provide the following three documents:

  • current mortgage (dated within 30 days) or deed
  • one current utility bill dated within 30 days (for new services an activation notice may be accepted)
  • driver’s license/ID card (for identification purposes only)

AND you MUST provide one additional current document showing your address from the list below:

  • bank statement
  • cell phone statement
  • credit card statement
  • homeowners insurance policy
  • medical insurance statement
  • paycheck stub
  • property tax record
  • vehicle registration
  • one additional current utility bill dated within 30 days (for new services an activation notice may be accepted)

 If you are a RENTER
you MUST provide the following three documents:

  • Current lease with the names of everyone living in the household listed on the lease. If the lease is month to month, a notarized letter from the landlord/owner/property manager is required.
    [Lease must have both tenant and landlord/property manager’s signature and contact information.]
  • one current utility bill dated within 30 days (for new services an activation notice may be accepted)
  • driver’s license/ID card (for identification purposes only)

AND you MUST provide one additional current document showing your address from the list below:

  • bank statement
  • cell phone statement
  • credit card statement
  • medical insurance statement
  • paycheck stub
  • renters insurance policy
  • vehicle registration
  • one additional current utility bill dated within 30 days (for new services an activation notice may be accepted)

If you are living with a person who owns their home
the homeowner MUST provide the following three documents:

  • current mortgage (dated within 30 days) or deed
  • one additional current utility bill dated within 30 days (for new services an activation notice may be accepted)
  • Homeowner’s Acknowledgement Form

AND you MUST provide: 

AND you MUST provide one additional current document showing current address from list below:

  • bank statement
  • cell phone statement
  • credit card statement
  • paycheck stub
  • vehicle registration
  • one additional current utility bill dated within 30 days (for new services an activation notice may be accepted)

If you are living with a person who is a renter
the homeowner MUST complete:

AND the renter MUST provide the following two documents:

  • current lease
  • current utility bill dated within 30 days (for new services an activation notice may be accepted)

AND you MUST provide:

AND you MUST provide one additional current document from the list below:

  • bank statement
  • cell phone statement
  • credit card statement
  • paycheck stub
  • vehicle registration
  • one additional current utility bill dated within 30 days (for new services an activation notice may be accepted)

Change of Residence

A student and his/her parents cannot occupy a residence at more than one address, and only the student’s current residence may be used for enrollment purposes.

If the student’s permanent residence changes, notification and updated documentation must be provided to the school within 10 school days.

Following a move, the following items are evidence that the move is full and complete and a new residence has been established:

(a) The former residence is not occupied for any purpose at any time by the student or any of the persons with whom the student has been living; and

(b) All personal belongings are moved from the former residence; and

(c) Mail is received at the new residence; and

(d) All utilities are transferred to the new residence

Residency Fraud
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) are committing residency fraud if they submit an address during the enrollment process that is not their true residence.
If there is reasonable suspicion that the student is not residing at the claimed address, the following procedures may be implemented at the discretion of the Superintendent or designee.

  • A letter may be sent to parent(s) who have conflicting address information requesting that the parent verify and update enrollment information. This may be followed by a phone conversation or home visit.
  • The school staff may examine the Property Appraiser’s website to determine the parent’s homestead (permanent residence) location. The homestead address of the parent will be used as a factor to determine the student’s zoned school. A conflicting address indicates that further investigation is required.

If it is determined that the student is attending a school outside of their zone, the student shall be withdrawn by the school and must be registered and enrolled in the appropriate zoned school.

In all cases the Superintendent or designee reserves the right to make an independent investigation and to make the final determination as to the residence of a student.

Guardianship
Pursuant to School Board Rule 5.05(1)(e), when a student resides with a person who is not the student’s parent seeks to enroll in school, the student shall present a court order appointing the person with whom they reside as either their legal guardian or legal custodian or shall present other proper documentation from a state or federal agency placing the child with the person with whom they reside. If such court order or documentation has not been issued at the time of enrollment, the person with whom the student resides shall present a notarized statement to the enrolling officer of intent to seek such court order and shall provide such documentation within thirty (30) days of the student’s enrollment. Failure to present satisfactory proof, as outlined above, may result in the automatic withdrawal of the student.

Homeless
Homeless children shall have access to a free public education in St. Johns County schools and will be admitted to a school in accordance with School Board Rule 4.18, based on the McKinney-Vento Act governing education of homeless students.

Dependence or Delinquency
Students who have been adjudicated to be dependent or delinquent pursuant to Chapter 39, Florida Statutes, shall be assigned by the Superintendent to the school best meeting the special needs of the student in consultation with the Department of Children and Family Services or such other agency or person having responsibility for the student’s welfare.