• WSSD Verification of Residency and Eligibility for Educational Service

     
    Below are guidelines of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District and the Pennsylvania state law regarding residency and eligibility to receive educational services within the District.

    Pennsylvania Public School Code, sections 1301, 1302, 1305, 1306, 1309, 1310, and 1316, contain the state law regarding enrollment and eligibility to attend the local public school where the parent/ guardian of a school-age student resides and the eligibility of certain non-resident students attending public schools. Wallingford-Swarthmore School District school board policies No. 201 (Admission of Students), and No. 202 (Eligibility of Non-Resident Students), in accordance with the state laws above, are the policies that govern your student(s) initial and continued eligibility to attend school in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District. Therefore it is important to notify the Educational Data Systems and Registration Office if you or your child's living arrangements change or if there is a change in custody or guardianship involving your child at any time during the school year.


    Please carefully review the following items that may impact your child's eligibility to attend school in the
    Wallingford-Swarthmore School District.
     

    You or your child has moved

    If you or your child has moved or will be moving at any time to a different location within Wallingford-Swarthmore or you no longer reside within the boundaries of WSSD, you must immediately notify the Educational Data Systems and Registration Office regarding your current address and continued eligibility to attend Wallingford-Swarthmore schools. Failure to do so may result in your child's withdrawal from school and legal proceedings against you to recover tuition and other associated fees regarding your child's removal from school.

    You are keeping a school-age child whose parents reside elsewhere

    If you are keeping a school-age child in your home, whose parents or guardians reside elsewhere, you must complete and submit an Affidavit of Residency form before the start of each school year. This form constitutes a sworn statement that you are providing gratis support to the school age child as if he/she was your own, and that the living arrangement is continuous and not just for the school year or solely for the purpose of attending school in Wallingford-Swarthmore.

    If you have previously completed an Affidavit of Residency form, a form will be mailed to you prior to the start of the school year. If you do not receive the form, please contact the Educational Data Systems and Registration Office to make arrangements to receive a copy of the Affidavit of Residency.

    A new Affidavit of Residency must be completed each year for each child.

    These forms must be signed and notarized in the presence of a notary public. Failure to do so may result in your child's withdrawal from school and legal proceedings against you to recover tuition and other associated fees regarding your child's removal from school. In addition, any false information provided by you regarding residency could result in your personal liability for tuition and/or criminal prosecution.

    You are the parent/guardian of a school-age child, and you and your child are living with a Wallingford-Swarthmore resident (including a family member)

    If you are the parent or guardian of a school-age child who attends public school in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, and you are residing in the home of a Wallingford-Swarthmore resident, including family members, you must complete a Multiple Occupancy Registration before the start of each school year.

    The Multiple Occupancy Registration process contains three affidavits; the Sworn Statement for Multiple Occupancy Registration that is completed by the child's parent/guardian, the Multiple Occupancy Certificate that is completed by the Wallingford-Swarthmore resident, and the Authorization and Verification Agreement that is completed by the owner/lessee with whom you reside. In addition to the 3 affidavits, if the property is leased, the owner/lessor of record or his/her agent must verify that they have granted permission for the parties involved to reside at the residence, under what circumstances, and the expected duration.

    A new Application for Multiple Occupancy and a Certificate of Multiple Occupancy form must be completed each year.

    If you have previously completed MO forms, the forms will be mailed to you prior to the start of the school year. If you do not receive the forms, please contact the Educational Data Systems and Registration Office to make arrangements to receive a copy of the forms. These forms must be signed and notarized in the presence of a notary public. Failure to do so may result in your child's withdrawal from school and legal proceedings against you to recover tuition and other associated fees regarding your child's removal from school. In addition, any false information provided by you regarding residency could result in your personal liability for tuition and/or criminal prosecution.

    If you have any questions regarding the above requirements, the school district polices, or questions regarding your child's specific eligibility for enrollment in school, please contact the Educational Data Systems and Registration Office for assistance.