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Lodi Unified School District

Child Welfare & Attendance

Each day a student attends school is a chance for growth, learning, and personal development.

Regular attendance forms the foundation of academic success, allowing all students to engage in lessons, work with peers, and benefit from dedicated educators' guidance. 

Information regarding transfers, students in transition (homeless), and disciplinary appeals are available below.


For inter-district and intra-district transfer information, applications, and forms, please see Transfers.


Students in Transition (Homeless)

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is federal legislation that ensures the educational rights and protections of children and youth experiencing homelessness. 

For more information, please visit the California Department of Education website.

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Student Intake/Declaration

Lodi USD is committed to serving all students regarding their circumstances. If you or someone you know is in need of services or support, please contact the Community Liaison Assistant -Homeless. 

Please complete the Student Intake/Declaration Form and submit it to the Community Liaison Assistant - Homeless or your school principal.

Student Intake/Declaration Form PDF (English)

Student Intake/Declaration Form PDF (Spanish)

For questions on students in transition, assistance filling out the form, or to obtain a hardcopy of the Student Intake/Declaration Form, please contact the Community Liaison Assistant - Homeless.

Community Liaison Assistant - Homeless

Esther Grijalva
Educational Services

Modified Graduation Eligibility for Students in Transition

Under the following Assembly Bills students in transition have special rights to help them remain on track for high school graduation:

  • AB 167/216 students identified as foster youth
  • AB 365 students identified as children of military families
  • AB 1806 students living in a homeless situation
  • AB 2121 student who is a migratory child, or a pupil participating in a newcomer program
  • AB 2306 students transitioning from a juvenile court school

Students in transition (foster youth, students in homeless situations, and those transitioning from a juvenile court school) who transfer schools after their second year of high school may be eligible to graduate by completing the minimum California state graduation requirements if they are not reasonably able to complete all Lodi Unified School District graduation requirements by the end of their fourth year of high school. Completing second year of high school is defined as either a) Completing two years of high school; or b) Completing sufficient high school credits to be considered a high school junior or senior. 

Modified Graduation Eligibility PDF (English)


Foster Youth

Child Welfare & Attendance (CWA) aims to promote meaningful opportunities for youth in foster care, helping students to achieve and maintain stability and academic success.

Foster Youth Education Rights

Students in foster care represent one of the most vulnerable and academically at-risk student groups enrolled in California schools. For foster youth education rights and more, please see the California Department of Education website.

Foster Youth in California Schools on

For more information on foster youth, please contact the foster youth liaisons.

District Foster Youth Liaison

Benjamin Rechter
Child Welfare & Attendance

Community Foster Youth Liaison

Sandra Salazar
Child Welfare & Attendance

Phone: (209) 366-9993

Community Liaison Assistant

Christopher Hernandez Merito
Child Welfare & Attendance

Student Attendance Advisors

Student Attendance Advisors for the current school year are shown below. Click on an advisor's name for additional contact information.

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Mayra Avalos

Office: (209) 953-8510 ext. 210034
Cell: (209) 663-7736
Delta Sierra Middle
Creekside Elementary

Cesar Chavez

Office: (209) 953-9601 ext. 101050
Cell: (209) 642-5958
Ansel Adams Elementary
Davis Elementary
Morada Middle
Mosher Elementary

Marbella Chavez

Office: (209) 953-8068 ext. 335022
Cell: (209) 452-2522
Heritage Elementary
Lawrence Elementary
Sutherland Elementary
Westwood Elementary
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Suspension Appeals

A student or parent/guardian may appeal a student’s suspension within 10 business days after the suspension is issued. The student and parent/guardian must meet with the school principal. If the principal sustains the suspension, the student and/or parent/guardian may complete a Request for Suspension Appeal and submit it to Child Welfare & Attendance within 5 business days of the date of the principal’s decision to suspend the student.

Request for Suspension Appeal PDF (English)

Disciplinary Policy

For more information on student discipline policy, please see the following board policies:

Board Policy 5144 - Discipline

Board Policy 5144.1 - Suspension/Expulsion/Due Process

Board Policy 5144.2 - Suspension/Expulsion/Due Process for Students with Disabilities


Additional Forms

Child Welfare & Attendance forms are provided below.

Contact Us

For more information on the content of this page, please call Child Welfare & Attendance (CWA) at (209) 331-7055

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