Realignment Information

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    Update: April 9, 2018

    At its March 6, 2018 meeting, the Board of Education approved a realignment plan that will go into effect beginning in the 2018-19 school year. The Board of Education adopted the recommendation of the Student Realignment Citizens Advisory Committee with several amendments. Guiding principles for the 2018 realignment included creating a neighborhood school concept, maximizing transportation efficiency, establishing clear feeder patterns and continuity and school utilization.

    Student assignments for 2018-19 school year: Parents can find out their child's 2018-19 school assignment by using the search bar on the interactive maps. Click on this link https://www.croppermap.com/unioncounty and type in your child's address in the search bar. Information will be provided for the current school year and the 2018-19 school year.

    Please note: Parents will not receive a letter in the mail to notify them of their child's 2018-19 school assignment.

    Grandfathering requests for 2018-19 school year: The deadline to request grandfathering ended April 23. Updates were communicated to parents through Scribbles.

    Student Transfers for 2018-19: 

    Beginning on May 14, 2018 parents will be able to apply to renew a previously granted school transfer for their student(s) through Scribbles. The renewal application process will continue through June 17, 2018. The request for a renewal should be based on the same circumstances as the previously approved transfer. Click hereto view a short video about the process.

    Beginning on June 1, 2018, parents may submit a new transfer request. The transfer application process will continue through June 17, 2018. The Board of Education has approved the following reasons for a transfer: 

    • Educational Need
    • Change of Residence
    • Home Construction
    • Children of Employees
    • Medical Necessity
    • Extreme Hardship
    • Schools Exceeding Capacity
    • Unsafe School Choice under ESSA
    • Sibling
    • Homeless Students
    • Students in Foster Care

    For more details on the approved reasons for a transfer, please see Policy 4-13 School Assignment.

    Information about new student transfers will be posted in June 2018.

    Below is information about grandfathering, choice options and a sibling policy that have been approved by the Board of Education for the 2018-19 school year.

    Grandfathering

    The Board has approved the following grandfathering opportunities. If your student will be in the following grades for the 2018-19 school year, he or she is eligible to remain in his/her current school/cluster as described below. Students who takes advantage of the grandfathering option shall provide their own transportation.

    • Rising 5th graders (current 4th grade students) to finish elementary school;
    • Rising 8th graders (current 7th grade students) to finish middle school; and
    • Students currently enrolled in a dual language program and their siblings currently enrolled in the same elementary school.
    • Rising 9th graders (current 8th grade students) to finish high school.
    • Rising 10th – 12th graders (all sitting high school students) to finish high school

    Students otherwise eligible for grandfathering may be reassigned if the special program required to meet the needs of the student is not in the school to which the student is currently assigned or pursuant to an assignment to an alternative school. Additionally, a student will not be able to gain admission into a special program school (i.e. CATA or UCEC) or an academy within a school (i.e. Culinary Arts or Law Enforcement) through the grandfathering process.

    Choice

    Students may apply for admission through lottery any school within the district whose student population is no more than 90% of the capacity as determined by the district. The Superintendent shall designate which schools are available for enrollment under this provision on an annual basis.

    The Superintendent and Board have the final authority to identify schools available for choice under this option. Once a transfer has been granted under this basis it will remain in effect until the terminal grade in that school location (i.e. 5th, 8th and 12th). If a choice option is granted, as with all transfers, transporation must be provided by the parent.

    Information about school choice options will not be available until July 2018. A complete list of schools will be posted when the information is available.

    Sibling Policy

    A student may be eligible for a transfer based upon the assignment of his/her sibling under the following circumstances: If a transfer option is granted,  transporation must be provided by the parent.

    • A middle and/or high school student will be allowed to transfer to a school within the cluster where she/he has a sibling currently assigned, except if the sibling is in the cluster via the transfer process. The student will be eligible to remain in the cluster through his/her graduation;
    • A rising kindergarten student will be allowed to transfer into the dual language program at the school where his/her older sibling is currently enrolled in a dual language class. The rising kindergarten student must enroll and remain in the dual language program to be eligible under this option; and
    • Any student who has a sibling assigned to a separate setting classroom through the Exceptional Children’s Program will be allowed to transfer to the same school.

     Visit this page for updates and information related to realignment. There will be information posted about 2018-19 school assignment maps, timelines and deadlines to exercise grandfathering and transfer options, frequently asked questions, policies and more.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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