How to Get a School Safety Transfer


A school safety transfer takes place when a student is transferred to a different school because of concerns regarding the student's safety or well-being. This could be due to bullying, threats or school violence. Regardless of the reason, certain steps must be followed to ensure an easy and seamless transfer that will be to the benefit of the child.

Things You'll Need

  • Incident documentation
  • Contact information for witnesses
  • Student immunization records
  • Transcripts and report cards
  • List of preferred schools
  • Obtain documentation of any relevant paperwork, such as the police report of an incident, evidence of bullying or contact information for witnesses or those with knowledge of an incident.

  • Schedule a meeting with the school principal to discuss the issue at hand, whether a violent incident has taken place or there is the threat of such an incident.

  • Present your documentation to the principal and request an immediate transfer.

  • Provide the principal with the student's immunization records, transcripts and most recent report card, which will be necessary for completing the transfer process.

  • Provide the principal with a list of schools nearby that the student would prefer to be transferred to. This does not guarantee that the student will be assigned to one of the preferred schools, but it can be helpful in bettering her chances of attending a school of her choice. If the student turns down the school the placement officer chooses, this can significantly slow down the transfer process, according to


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