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Placement Appeals

Appeals Process for 2018-19 School Year

The Medical and Family Hardship Appeals Committee is convened after the March and May placement periods and conducts a review of students who submit an appeal based on either medical or family hardship. If an appeal is approved, it is sent to the Educational Placement Center for assignment into a school that can meet the student’s needs and that has space available. We need to consider a school’s capacity when placing students whose appeal has been approved.

Appeals are granted on the basis of the documentation provided to the Appeals Committee, which is convened only for the purpose of conducting reviews at specific times in the enrollment cycle. Its members are not available to talk with families regarding their appeal. You may direct questions or additional documents regarding appeals to the staff at the Educational Placement Center. However, the staff at the EPC are not involved in the appeals process, nor do they have the authority to override the decisions of the Appeals Committee.

Appeals are considered only for cases where the student’s needs cannot be met at the assigned school. Approved appeals are granted for ONE SCHOOL ONLY that can meet the student’s needs and cannot be used for placement into multiple schools.

Appeal forms can be obtained from the Application Forms section of this website and returned at the appropriate deadline in order to be reviewed.

Medical Appeals

Students with a serious medical condition that cannot be accommodated at the assigned school can file a medical appeal. Medical appeals must be related only to a student’s medical condition and not those of parent or other family members. Problems that are common to large numbers of students—such as motion sickness or asthma—do not constitute a medical hardship.We can consider medical appeals only for students who have a serious, documented medical condition that cannot be met at the assigned school. You will need to provide all of the following information:

  • A completed and signed "March Appeal Form".
  • A completed and signed “Medical Provider’s Verification” section that contains documentation by a licensed physician of the student’s current, existing medical condition and special need(s). This must include specific information regarding necessary conditions, programs and restrictions that impact the student’s ability to attend his/her assigned school.

Family Hardship Appeals

Parents/guardians may file a Family Hardship Appeal if they can demonstrate that they have a unique hardship that cannot be met at the assigned school.  Such hardships may be the result of a unique family situation. Extenuating circumstances can be considered only for family members living in the same house as the student.

Problems that are common to large numbers of families do not constitute a unique family hardship. The Appeals Committee will not consider appeals solely based on issues such as transportation, proximity, convenience, or curricular program offerings at schools.

Permanent, full-time school district staff who live in San Francisco and who wish to have their child attend the school where they currently work (and have worked for at least three years) may submit and be granted an appeal.

We can consider family hardship appeals only if you provide all of the following information:

  • A completed and signed “March Appeal Form".
  • A completed and signed “Medical Provider Verification” section if the family hardship is based on a medical condition of a parent/guardian
  • Two proofs of address for all parties mentioned as part of the Family Hardship Appeal. Any two of the following documents are acceptable: utility bill dated within 45 days, auto insurance policy, homeowner’s/renter’s insurance policy, property tax statement, letter from a social services/governmental agency dated within 45 days.
  • Other supporting documents or statements

Decisions made by the Medical and Family Hardship Appeals Committee are final and cannot be further appealed. Approved Appeals provide a high-priority tie-breaker in the student assignment process. Placement is based on available openings and cannot be guaranteed.

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