School Board Representative Carol Wolf has written a letter to Richmond residents about proposed changes to the current open enrollment policies in Richmond Public Schools:
Dear Neighbors and Friends,
The Richmond Public School Board is considering changes to the current open enrollment policies. I would appreciate it if you would review this proposed draft document and share your suggestions and concerns.
This draft procedure is being sent to principals for their feedback and I ask that parents and teachers weigh in as well. This is an effort on the part of the Legal, Legislative, Policy and Communications Committee to clarify and adjust open enrollment since out-of-zone transportation was virtually eliminated in the 2007/2008 budget.
Any new open enrollment procedure would not take effect until the 2009/2010 school year, but because the application process would begin this year, the school board hopes to adopt a procedure this fall.
Please let me know your thoughts, either on this blog or by e-mailing me directly at Wolfies@aol.com. Please send your comments by Friday, August 15 so that we may include them in the August committee meeting.
You are, of course, welcome to attend the August LLPC meeting to assist with revising this draft. It will be held in the 17th floor committee room on 8/21 at 11:30 a.m.
Proposed Procedure for Open Enrollment
2009-2010 School Year
DRAFT–FOR PARENT & TEACHER COMMENT
“RPS has a goal of making all schools exemplary. Each school has a focus on the success of all students, supported by a comprehensive system of needs analysis based on the school’s vision, goals, and data that drive priorities, objectives, and programs offered. “While children are encouraged to attend neighborhood schools, school choice remains an option. Students may apply to attend other schools with acceptance prioritized according to the following: “Priority 1 – Request for transfer from a low-performing school to a higher performing school
Under NCLB, children attending a low-performing school may submit a request for placement in a higher performing school.
“Priority 2 – Request for special permission to attend an Out of Zone school “Elementary: Parents may apply to any school with acceptance based on space availability through a lottery. Transportation is not provided. Any approved form is contingent on the parents providing transportation to and from school, the student’s regular and prompt attendance, and observation of school rules and regulations. “Special permission may be revoked if these contingencies are not adhered to. Special permission is granted for one year at a time. “In cases of unexpectedly larger school and/or class enrollment, principals may withdraw out-of-zone permission prior to the opening of school. Parents will receive written notice five days prior to withdrawal. “Secondary – Parents may apply to any school with acceptance based on space availability through a lottery. Transportation is not provided. Any approved form is contingent on the parents providing transportation to and from school, the student’s regular and prompt attendance, and observation of school rules and regulations. “Special permission may be revoked if these contingencies are not adhered to. Special permission is granted for one year at a time. “Request to attend a specialty secondary school/program. Rising 6th graders may apply to the Middle School IB program. Acceptance at this program is based on the students’ academic, behavioral, and extracurricu8lar performance. Rising 9th graders may apply to any or all of the High School Specialty Programs. Acceptance at these programs is based on the student’s academic, behavioral, and extracurricular performance. “While preference is given to rising 9th graders, consideration may be given to rising 10th graders who excel academically and have accrued sufficient credits to qualify as 10th graders in the specialty program.”