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JF-School Admissions and Residency Requirements

Policy JF

Adopted: September 24, 2015
Amended:September 3, 2020

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A person is eligible to attend the Hopkinton Public Schools if the student is of school age and is:

  • Living with the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) who have physical custody and are residents of Hopkinton (proof of legal guardianship may be required), or

  • Intending to be a resident within thirty (30) school days from the start of the school year (requires proof of Purchase & Sale with closing date or lease) and approved by the Superintendent or designee, or

  • At least eighteen (18) years of age, having established residency, or

  • An approved tuition-paying student, (i.e., F1 Visa Program) or

  • Homeless, which is defined as a person living in Hopkinton who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence such as a shelter or a place not designed to be a sleeping accommodation.

An eligible student will be admitted regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, athletic performance, homelessness, socioeconomic status, disability, pregnancy or pregnancy related condition, academic performance, or proficiency in the English language.

A student registering for the first time must present a birth certificate or equivalent proof of age as well as proof of current physical and vaccination and immunizations as required by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. A child whose parent(s) or guardian(s) state religious objections to vaccinations or immunizations or who are homeless may register without vaccination or immunization records.

Proof of residency will be required at the time of registration, or at any time that school officials have reason to question a student’s residency, which is defined as the place where a person resides permanently, not temporarily or sporadically, and is the center of his or her domestic, social, and civic life.

The Superintendent may request three or more of the following documents as proof of residency: Purchase and Sale Agreement, property deed, record of most recent mortgage payment, copy of fully executed lease, record of most recent rent payment, Section 8 Agreement, or utility bill (gas, oil, electric, cable, water, sewer).  

If moving to Hopkinton after thirty (30) days from the start of the school year, the following document(s) will be required to prove residency: property deed or fully executed lease agreement.

The Superintendent reserves the right to investigate at any time if a student’s residency is in question. If an investigation establishes that a student is not a resident, the student will be dismissed from the Hopkinton Public Schools. Parents or guardians of a non-resident student may be required to submit restitution for the period of time that the student was improperly attending school in Hopkinton. Anyone who assists in the violation of the residency law may be required to submit restitution in the event that the parents or guardians cannot pay the full amount. Anonymous calls reporting suspected residency violations.

High school seniors whose parents or guardians have moved out of town, may petition the Superintendent to complete their education provided they meet the following two conditions at a minimum:

  1. The family moves January 1 or later in the school year, and

  2. The student has remained in good standing with his or her discipline and academic records.

Legal References:

MGL 76:1, 76:5; 76:6; 76:15.

603 CMR 26.02

McKinney Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001

Policy Cross-Reference

JEB Requirements for School Entrance

AC Non-Discrimination

Procedure Reference

School Committee Policies