Medical and Family Hardship Appeals

Medical and Family Hardship Appeals

The deadline to submit an appeal for the 2022-2023 school year has passed. If you need help, please contact the Educational Placement Center

During the week of August 2, 2022, Round 2 appeal decision letters will be mailed to families who submitted a Family or Medical Hardship Appeal by the June 17th deadline. 

Families who cannot attend their assigned school due to unique hardships such as medical or family situations may file for an Appeal. Appeals are considered only for cases where the student’s needs cannot be met at the assigned school. An independent appeals committee is convened and reviews cases. Decisions made by the appeals committee are final, and cannot be further appealed.

Approved appeals are granted for one school only, and cannot be used for placement into multiple schools. Approved cases are given the highest tiebreakers in the wait pool run. If space is available, the student will be placed and the family will be notified.

Required Documentation

Medical Appeal

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 parents 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. 

Family Hardship Appeal

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 site based district staff who live in San Francisco and who wish to have their child attend the school where they currently work may submit and be granted an approval.

This page was last updated on June 27, 2022