School district ends landlord affidavit requirement to provide residency

After community outcry, the Greenwich Public Schools announced Friday it would adjust its residency requirements.

According to a press release on Friday afternoon from Superintendent of Schools William McKersie, parents will no longer have to give the district an affidavit from their landlord to prove they live in town and can legally send their children to Greenwich schools without having to pay tuition costs. Parents or guardians will still have to provide photo identification like a driver’s license, passport or another state-issued identification card. There also has to be a notarized affidavit of parent/guardianship or notarized sponsor affidavit form showing that the adult has the right to enroll the child in school.

Homeowners have to provide a property tax bill, mortgage statement or ownership deed. Those renting or leasing can provide two current utility bills such as cable, water, electric or gas or oil. The documents have to show the same name and address.

Parents have criticized the landlord affidavit requirement, saying it put too much of a hardship on parents and guardians who are renting property in Greenwich.

“We are confident that we have maintained an effective process for verifying residency in Greenwich while eliminating a potentially undue burden of paperwork for families,” Dr. McKersie said in the press release.

The requirement of the landlord’s affidavit was new for this year after a January review of residency requirements. The district said in the press release that, “As with any new process it is important to review how well the steps work in the actual implementation” and because of the response it was determined to not go forward with this requirement.

The change will be effective immediately.

More information and enrollment forms are available on the district’s website

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