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Educational Guardianship

When it is necessary for a student from another county or state to reside with an individual other than his or her parents, the individual with whom the student is residing must present at their zoned school one of the following before the student can be enrolled:

  • Court Custody Documentation
  • Department of Children and Families Placement Letter
  • Educational Guardianship from Student Enrollment

How do I get an Educational Guardianship from
Student Enrollment?

Parent lives in Orange, Brevard, Lake Osceola, Polk, Seminole, or Volusia County. If you are seeking educational guardianship you will need a copy of the child's birth certificate AND at least one of the following:

If the parent is deceased, a copy of the obituary or death certificate, showing date of death.

If the parent is hospitalized, a letter from the doctor on letterhead stating when the parent was admitted and possible release date.

If the parent is incarcerated, a notarized statement from the parent and proof of incarceration.

Court Shelter Order of a child's living arrangements.

Parent lives outside the state of Florida or outside Orange, Brevard, Lake, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, or Volusia County. If you are seeking educational guardianship, you will need a copy of the child's birth certificate AND at least one of the following:

If the parent is deceased, a copy of the obituary or death certificate, showing date of death.

If the parent is hospitalized, a letter from the doctor on letterhead stating when the parent was admitted and possible release date.

If the parent is incarcerated, a notarized statement from the parent and proof of incarceration.

Court Shelter Order of a child's living arrangements.

Notarized letter from the parent and proof of residence outside of the state of Florida or outside Orange, Brevard, Lake, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, or Volusia County.

Without the above documentation Orange County Public Schools will not issue Educational Guardianship.


Step-by-Step Process for Electronic Submission for Educational Guardianship

Minimum Documents required (see above) to send to Student Enrollment:

  1. Current Photo ID of the applicant (receiving guardianship)
  2. Student’s Birth Certificate
  3. Notarized statement from parent/legal guardian or court documentation
  4. Current photo ID of parent(s)/guardian(s) of student(s)
  5. Death certificate (if parent is deceased)
  6. Proof of address (lease, home ownership, or Verification of Residence from Student Enrollment)
  7. Educational Guardianship Application: click here to download. 
    • save this file to your computer
    • fill in the information
    • save completed form and attach to the email.
  8. Send email to [email protected]  
    • Subject: “Guardianship - student's name”
    • Attach all documents to one email


Note: More Documentation may be required depending on circumstances on a case by case situation.

Upon submission – please allow 2 business days for a reply from Student Enrollment.