Clearly, they can't give a seat to every child at their attendance area school especially in the NE. I'm sure they will try to find a school in your region at elementary level. As for middle and high school, I can see where someone coming in at 7th would have to go out of region for middle school (unless they chose a space at an Option school that had room).
It's an interesting discussion as well historically. The issue of new students who move here after the school year has always been an issue. It is quite shocking to many parents who move to Seattle only to find out that they can't get into their neighborhood school. But we are in a very transitional time so it will be hard on people in that situation.
As well, I recall that when Don Nielson was on the Board, he had put forth an amendment to the SAP to give preference to students who had 2 or more continuous years in SPS over someone coming in from private school. He felt parents should be rewarded for their commitment to public school. The amendment did not past but I remember a lively discussion. (I see both sides but at the time I thought it would be hard to be a long-time supporter of public schools only to see someone come back from private school and your child not get into the school he/she wanted and the private school student did.) But it would be one more thing to put into the system.
From the Boundaries Work Session:
- as mentioned, extension of early enrollment to January 15th
- Tracy brought up...the Barnhart/Waldman amendment. Yes,really. (For those who don't know, it was an amendment created by previous Board directors that allowed you to list your choices but still rank them differently depending on if you got in or not at your first choice). She said that they CANNOT take it out of the system during the VAX migration so it would still be in play during at least the transition period. So, it might be quite the game to figure out how to put choices down for the next couple of years.
- Wednesday, December 16 will be a Board Work Session for the Transition Plan. This is our first notice of when we might see the plan. So you get to see the plan and then stew over it during the holidays.
- Somewhere in January will be the Open House tours.
- Late February assignment letters will be mailed to all early enrollment K, 6th and 9th graders. So between the Work Session on Dec. 16th to the Jan. 15th deadline for early enrollment and then the assignment letters to early enrollment students in late February, the transition plan should be done by ....early January? Does it seem to you that they need to get it done BEFORE early enrollment ends?
- Late February letters will be mailed to ALL parents about the new SAP and enrollment
- March 1-31 is Open Enrollment
- Late May - assignment letters mailed