2013 ORS § 339.133¹
Determination of residency of student for school purposes

(1)(a) Except as provided in subsections (2) to (6) of this section, children between the ages of 4 and 18 shall be considered resident for school purposes in the school district in which their parents, their guardians or persons in parental relationship to them reside.

(b) Nonemancipated individuals between the ages of 4 and 18 living outside the geographic area of the school district for such reasons as attending college, military service, hospital confinement or employment away from home shall be considered resident in the district in which their parents, their guardians or persons in parental relationship to them reside.

(c) Persons living temporarily in a school district for the primary purpose of attending a district school may not be considered resident in the district in which they are living temporarily, but shall be considered resident in the district in which they, their parents, their guardians or persons in parental relationship to them reside.

(2) Individuals considered legally emancipated from their parents shall be considered resident in the district in which they actually reside, irrespective of the residence of their parents, their guardians or persons in parental relationship.

(3) Children placed by public or private agencies who are living in licensed, certified or approved substitute care programs shall be considered resident in the school district in which they reside because of placement by a public or private agency.

(4)(a) Notwithstanding subsection (3) of this section, when a juvenile court determines that it is in a childs best interest to continue to attend the school that the child attended prior to placement by a public agency, the child:

(A) Shall be considered resident for school purposes in the school district in which the child resided prior to the placement; and

(B) May continue to attend the school the child attended prior to the placement through the highest grade level of the school.

(b) The public agency that has placed the child shall be responsible for providing the child with transportation to and from school when the need for transportation is due to the placement by the public agency.

(c) Paragraph (b) of this subsection applies only to a public agency for which funds have been designated for the specific purpose of providing a child with transportation to and from school under this subsection.

(5) Except as provided in ORS 327.006 (Definitions for State School Fund distributions) (7) and 335.090 (School districts responsible for high school education), persons whose legal residence is not within the district but who attend school in the district are considered residents in the district in which the persons attend school if those persons receive:

(a) Written consent from both of the affected district school boards as provided by policies adopted by the boards; or

(b) Written consent from the district school board for the district in which the school is located as provided by section 9, chapter 718, Oregon Laws 2011.

(6)(a) Children who are foreign exchange students and who are residing in Oregon in a dormitory operated by a school district are considered to be residents of the school district in which the dormitory is located.

(b) For the purpose of this subsection:

(A) A child may not be considered to be a foreign exchange student for more than one school year.

(B) A child may be considered to be a resident of a school district as provided by this subsection only if, for the 2010-2011 school year, the school district had foreign exchange students who were considered to be residents as provided by this subsection.

(C) The number of children who are considered to be residents as provided by this subsection may not increase from the number that were considered to be residents as provided by this subsection for the 2010-2011 school year.

(c) As used in this subsection, foreign exchange student means a student who attends school in Oregon under a cultural exchange program and whose parent, guardian or person in parental relationship resides in another country.

(7) For the purposes of this section:

(a) Person in parental relationship means an adult who has physical custody of a child or resides in the same household as the child, interacts with the child daily, provides the child with food, clothing, shelter and incidental necessaries and provides the child with necessary care, education and discipline. Person in parental relationship does not mean a person with a power of attorney or other written delegation of parental responsibilities if the person does not have other evidence of a parental relationship.

(b) Substitute care program means family foster care, family group home care, parole foster care, family shelter care, adolescent shelter care and professional group care. [Formerly 332.595; 1997 c.821 §21; 2005 c.521 §1; 2007 c.464 §1; 2009 c.11 §42; 2010 c.21 §§1,3; 2011 c.718 §§3,8]

Note 1: The amendments to 339.133 (Determination of residency of student for school purposes) by section 4, chapter 718, Oregon Laws 2011, become operative July 1, 2015. See section 5, chapter 718, Oregon Laws 2011, as amended by section 3, chapter 641, Oregon Laws 2013. The text that is operative from July 1, 2015, until July 1, 2017, is set forth for the users convenience.

339.133 (Determination of residency of student for school purposes). (1)(a) Except as provided in subsections (2) to (5) of this section, children between the ages of 4 and 18 shall be considered resident for school purposes in the school district in which their parents, their guardians or persons in parental relationship to them reside.

(b) Nonemancipated individuals between the ages of 4 and 18 living outside the geographic area of the school district for such reasons as attending college, military service, hospital confinement or employment away from home shall be considered resident in the district in which their parents, their guardians or persons in parental relationship to them reside.

(c) Persons living temporarily in a school district for the primary purpose of attending a district school may not be considered resident in the district in which they are living temporarily, but shall be considered resident in the district in which they, their parents, their guardians or persons in parental relationship to them reside.

(2) Individuals considered legally emancipated from their parents shall be considered resident in the district in which they actually reside, irrespective of the residence of their parents, their guardians or persons in parental relationship.

(3) Children placed by public or private agencies who are living in licensed, certified or approved substitute care programs shall be considered resident in the school district in which they reside because of placement by a public or private agency.

(4)(a) Notwithstanding subsection (3) of this section, when a juvenile court determines that it is in a childs best interest to continue to attend the school that the child attended prior to placement by a public agency, the child:

(A) Shall be considered resident for school purposes in the school district in which the child resided prior to the placement; and

(B) May continue to attend the school the child attended prior to the placement through the highest grade level of the school.

(b) The public agency that has placed the child shall be responsible for providing the child with transportation to and from school when the need for transportation is due to the placement by the public agency.

(c) Paragraph (b) of this subsection applies only to a public agency for which funds have been designated for the specific purpose of providing a child with transportation to and from school under this subsection.

(5) Except as provided in ORS 327.006 (Definitions for State School Fund distributions) (7) and 335.090 (School districts responsible for high school education), persons whose legal residence is not within the district but who attend school in the district are considered residents in the district in which the persons attend school if those persons receive:

(a) Written consent from both of the affected district school boards as provided by policies adopted by the boards; or

(b) Written consent from the district school board for the district in which the school is located as provided by section 9, chapter 718, Oregon Laws 2011.

(6) For the purposes of this section:

(a) Person in parental relationship means an adult who has physical custody of a child or resides in the same household as the child, interacts with the child daily, provides the child with food, clothing, shelter and incidental necessaries and provides the child with necessary care, education and discipline. Person in parental relationship does not mean a person with a power of attorney or other written delegation of parental responsibilities if the person does not have other evidence of a parental relationship.

(b) Substitute care program means family foster care, family group home care, parole foster care, family shelter care, adolescent shelter care and professional group care.

Note 2: The amendments to 339.133 (Determination of residency of student for school purposes) by section 19, chapter 718, Oregon Laws 2011, become operative July 1, 2017, and first apply to the 2017-2018 school year. See section 20, chapter 718, Oregon Laws 2011, as amended by section 4, chapter 655, Oregon Laws 2013. The text that is operative on and after July 1, 2017, is set forth for the users convenience.

339.133 (Determination of residency of student for school purposes). (1)(a) Except as provided in subsections (2) to (5) of this section, children between the ages of 4 and 18 shall be considered resident for school purposes in the school district in which their parents, their guardians or persons in parental relationship to them reside.

(b) Nonemancipated individuals between the ages of 4 and 18 living outside the geographic area of the school district for such reasons as attending college, military service, hospital confinement or employment away from home shall be considered resident in the district in which their parents, their guardians or persons in parental relationship to them reside.

(c) Persons living temporarily in a school district for the primary purpose of attending a district school may not be considered resident in the district in which they are living temporarily, but shall be considered resident in the district in which they, their parents, their guardians or persons in parental relationship to them reside.

(2) Individuals considered legally emancipated from their parents shall be considered resident in the district in which they actually reside, irrespective of the residence of their parents, their guardians or persons in parental relationship.

(3) Children placed by public or private agencies who are living in licensed, certified or approved substitute care programs shall be considered resident in the school district in which they reside because of placement by a public or private agency.

(4)(a) Notwithstanding subsection (3) of this section, when a juvenile court determines that it is in a childs best interest to continue to attend the school that the child attended prior to placement by a public agency, the child:

(A) Shall be considered resident for school purposes in the school district in which the child resided prior to the placement; and

(B) May continue to attend the school the child attended prior to the placement through the highest grade level of the school.

(b) The public agency that has placed the child shall be responsible for providing the child with transportation to and from school when the need for transportation is due to the placement by the public agency.

(c) Paragraph (b) of this subsection applies only to a public agency for which funds have been designated for the specific purpose of providing a child with transportation to and from school under this subsection.

(5) Except as provided in ORS 327.006 (Definitions for State School Fund distributions) (7) and 335.090 (School districts responsible for high school education), persons whose legal residence is not within the district but who attend school in the district are considered residents in the district in which the persons attend school if those persons receive written consent from both of the affected district school boards as provided by policies adopted by the boards.

(6) For the purposes of this section:

(a) Person in parental relationship means an adult who has physical custody of a child or resides in the same household as the child, interacts with the child daily, provides the child with food, clothing, shelter and incidental necessaries and provides the child with necessary care, education and discipline. Person in parental relationship does not mean a person with a power of attorney or other written delegation of parental responsibilities if the person does not have other evidence of a parental relationship.

(b) Substitute care program means family foster care, family group home care, parole foster care, family shelter care, adolescent shelter care and professional group care.

Note 3: Section 22, chapter 718, Oregon Laws 2011, provides:

Sec. 22. (1) Nothing in the amendments to ORS 339.133 (Determination of residency of student for school purposes) by section 19 of this 2011 Act and the repeal of section 9 of this 2011 Act by section 21 of this 2011 Act affects the status of a person who was considered a resident as provided by ORS 339.133 (Determination of residency of student for school purposes) (5)(b) prior to the 2017-2018 school year.

(2) Notwithstanding section 9 of this 2011 Act, a school district is not required to take any action under section 9 of this 2011 Act for the 2017-2018 school year. [2011 c.718 §22]

Note: Section 9, chapter 718, Oregon Laws 2011, provides:

Sec. 9. (1) For purposes of ORS 339.133 (Determination of residency of student for school purposes) (5)(b), a person whose legal residence is not within a school district but who attends school in the district is considered a resident of the district in which the person attends school if the person receives written consent to attend school from the district school board where the school is located, as provided by this section.

(2)(a) By March 1 of each year, a district school board shall determine whether the board will give consent to persons whose legal residence is not within the school district.

(b) If the district school board will give consent, the board shall establish standards by which consent will be given. The standards must:

(A) Identify the number of persons to whom consent will be given for the school year. The district school board may limit the number of persons to whom consent will be given based on school, grade or a combination of school and grade.

(B) Allow persons who live within the boundaries of the school district the first opportunity to change to a different school in the district if the district school board will be giving consent to attend that school to persons who do not reside within the district.

(3) A person seeking consent as provided by this section must request consent no later than April 1 prior to the beginning of the school year for which consent is being requested. Requests may be submitted before the district school board makes the determination and establishes the standards described in subsection (2) of this section, but may not be considered by the board when the board makes the determination and establishes the standards.

(4)(a) A district school board must give consent to a person who requests consent unless:

(A) The board decides to not give consent to any person as allowed by subsection (2) of this section;

(B) The board decides to limit the number of persons to whom consent will be given and the person was not selected to be given consent based on the selection process described in subsection (5) of this section; or

(C) The board is not required to admit the person, as provided by ORS 339.115 (Admission of students) (8).

(b) A district school board may not deny consent or give priority based on race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, disability, terms of an individualized education program, income level, proficiency in the English language, athletic ability or residence.

(5) If the number of persons seeking consent exceeds the number of persons to whom the district school board has determined will be given consent, the board shall give consent based on an equitable lottery selection process. The process may give priority to persons who have siblings currently enrolled in a school of the school district, but in no event may a sibling be given priority to any open spot in the schools of the school district over any persons who reside within the school district.

(6)(a) If a person is considered a resident of the school district as provided by this section and the person has expressed an interest in attending the schools of another school district before the end of the school year, the school district shall meet with the person and encourage the person to continue to attend the schools of the school district for the remainder of the school year.

(b) If a person is considered a resident of the school district as provided by this section, the school district may not encourage or require the person to attend the schools of another school district as a condition of avoiding a disciplinary measure, including but not limited to suspension or expulsion.

(7)(a) Except as provided by paragraphs (b) and (c) of this subsection, a person who receives consent and who is considered a resident of a district as provided by this section shall be considered a resident of the district for all educational purposes. A person who is considered a resident of the district as provided by this section shall continue to be considered a resident of the district until the person:

(A) Graduates from high school;

(B) Is no longer required to be admitted to the schools of the school district under ORS 339.115 (Admission of students); or

(C) Enrolls in a school in a different school district.

(b) A school district is not required to provide transportation outside the boundaries of the district to a person who is considered a resident of the district as provided by this section, except that a district:

(A) Must allow persons who are considered a resident of the district as provided by this section to use existing bus routes and transportation services of the district. Costs incurred for transportation provided under this subparagraph are considered approved transportation costs for purposes of ORS 327.013 (State School Fund distribution computations for school districts), except for costs incurred for providing transportation solely to persons who are considered residents of the district as provided by this section if the transportation is provided:

(i) Outside the boundaries of the district; and

(ii) For the purpose of transporting the persons between home and school.

(B) May provide a stipend for a person who is a member of a low-income family, as defined in ORS 339.147 (When tuition authorized), in an amount that does not exceed the districts average cost per student for transportation.

(C) Must provide transportation if required by federal law. Costs incurred for transportation provided under this subparagraph are considered approved transportation costs for purposes of ORS 327.013 (State School Fund distribution computations for school districts).

(c) After the first year that a person is considered a resident of a district as provided by this section, the district school board may transfer the person to a different school in the district. Any transfers must be made consistent with district policy and do not affect the status of the person as a resident of the district.

(8) A district school board shall provide written notification of the attendance of a person who receives consent as provided by this section to the district school board where the legal residence of the person is located. The written notification required by this subsection must be provided no later than May 1 prior to the beginning of the school year for which consent was given.

(9) Nothing in this section:

(a) Requires a district school board to give consent to siblings if the board determines that consent will not be given to any students for a school year.

(b) Prevents a school district from entering into interagency agreements to provide services to persons who do not reside in the school district or are not considered residents of the school district.

(c) Prevents or otherwise limits a district school board from providing consent to a person who has received consent from the district school board for the school district in which the person resides, as provided by ORS 339.133 (Determination of residency of student for school purposes) (5)(a). [2011 c.718 §9; 2013 c.434 §5]

Note: Sections 7 and 8, chapter 434, Oregon Laws 2013, provide:

Sec. 7. A school district that provides consent to nonresident persons to attend the schools of the school district as provided by section 9, chapter 718, Oregon Laws 2011, may not expend moneys received from the State School Fund or as Local Revenues, as described in ORS 327.011 (Description of Local Revenues for purpose of State School Fund distributions), to advertise openings for nonresident persons if the advertisements are:

(1) Located outside the boundaries of the school district, including advertisements that are made by signage or billboards; or

(2) Directed to persons who are not residents of the school district, including:

(a) Advertisements that are targeted to nonresidents through direct mail or online direct marketing;

(b) Television or radio advertisements; or

(c) Newspaper advertisements, unless the advertisement is in a newspaper that primarily serves the residents of the school district. [2013 c.434 §7]

Sec. 8. Section 7 of this 2013 Act applies to contracts for advertising entered into by a school district on or after the effective date of this 2013 Act [June 18, 2013]. [2013 c.434 §8]

Note: Section 21, chapter 718, Oregon Laws 2011, provides:

Sec. 21. Section 9, chapter 718, Oregon Laws 2011, and section 7 of this 2013 Act [section 7, chapter 434, Oregon Laws 2013] are repealed on July 1, 2017. [2011 c.718 §21; 2013 c.434 §9]