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In order to provide uniformity among all Hawaii public schools, the following guidelines are issued to schools
regarding documentation that may be used for verification of residence:
- Proof of residence is defined as documentation by the parent or legal guardian that the child
resides at an address within the school’s attendance boundary.
- Preferred documentation that can be asked for as proof of residence are:
- Rental/lease agreement, mortgage document or current real property assessment document in the parent/guardian’s
- Utility bill for water, electric, gas or telephone that indicates that the billing is in the parent/guardian’s
name and is being sent to the house; and
- If the parent or legal guardian cannot provide documentation of legal residence because the parent/legal
guardian is living with a relative/friend, a notarized statement by the relative/friend can be accepted by
the school with the following stipulation:
- Notarized statement must state that the parent/legal guardian and child are living with the relative/friend;
- Notarized statement must state the name of relative/friend that is on the relative/friend’s proof
of legal residence;
- Notarized statement must state the same address of relative/friend that is on the relative/friend’s
proof of legal residence;
- A copy of the relative/friend’s proof of legal residence must be attached to the notarized statement;
- Notarized statement must be signed by same name of relative/friend that is on the relative/friend’s
proof of legal residence.
- Depending on a school’s past experiences, a school can request that one or more of the above be provided.
- If none of the above is available, then the school may use other documentation to verify residence. A home visit
can be made by school staff should there be questionable documentation.
- Falsification on documents submited is subject to penalty under HRS 710-1063. When such a violation is found,
the child will be sent back to the school where he/she should properly be attending. The DOE may pursue prosecution
at its discretion.
- For a homeless child, please refer to the school selection and enrollment guidelines that are provided by the
McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children & Youth Program (as reauthorized
by the NCLB Act of 2001).
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