Sunday, February 5, 2023

Change of Student Residency / Change of Address


Parents/guardians are required to notify Bear Creek Community Charter School in writing when they move (change of address) by completing a Student Change of Address Notification Form and providing proof of residency, including an updated Pennsylvania Driver’s License or Photo Identification Card with the correct address.


Pennsylvania law states that a school-age child is entitled to attend the public schools of the child’s district of residence. A child’s district of residence is that in which the parents or guardians reside. Parents/guardians have the right to enroll their child in a public charter school if they so desire. The school district or charter school has no obligation to enroll a child until the parent, guardian or other person having control or charge of the student making the application has supplied proof of the child’s age, residence, and immunizations as required by law (22 Pa. Code § 11.11). Such requirements are further detailed in Bear Creek Community Charter School’s Student Admission Policy.


Bear Creek Community Charter School has certain legal and contractual obligations to the various public school districts in which its students reside. Accordingly, ensuring accurate residency information for Charter School students, and maintaining current proof of residency documentation is essential.


If the Charter School learns that a student has moved, and the student’s parent/guardian has not yet contacted the Charter School to provide the appropriate Proof of Residency, the Charter School will make two attempts to contact the parent/guardian to obtain the required documentation. This may include a telephone call, voice-mail message, e-mail and/or U.S. mail to their last known address of record.


If a parent/guardian fails to prove the required documentation within ten (10) calendar days following the Charter School’s request, the student will forfeit their enrollment and may be removed from the membership rolls of the Charter School.


Within five (5) business days after removing a student from the membership rolls of the Charter School, the Charter School shall notify the student’s school district of residence (based on the student’s last known address of record) in writing of such action, and will also provide a copy of the written notification to the student’s parent/guardian via U.S. Mail to the student’s last known address of record.


Click to download the Student Change of Address Notification Form.