Proposed Amendments to Policy JFAC, "Reassignments and Transfers," are before the Board for First Reading.
The current policy includes three reasons for which a student may request a reassignment or transfer: medical necessity, extreme hardship and child of employee. The proposed amendments add two reasons for reassignment or transfer requests: 1) student attends a school designated by the state as having a grade of D or F; and 2) the student attends a home school designated by the state as low performing for three consecutive years. These changes are intended to further the implementation of the Goals and Guiding Principles for Student Assignment adopted by the Board in 2016. In addition, for student transfer requests only, the policy permits applications for any school at which there available seats, without requiring that the request be based on any particular reason.
Another significant proposed change applies to reassignment or transfer requests based on either extreme hardship or attendance at a D or F school. For these categories, if there are more applications than seats available in a particular school or grade level, the district will give priority to the applications of students whose socioeconomic status (SES) will increase the SES diversity of the school. This provision would be effective in the 2018-2019 school year.
Other proposed amendments are indicated in the attached policy document in redline/strikethrough format.
The proposed amendments were considered by the Policy Committee at meetings on February 9 and February 20, 2017, and were approved by unanimous vote of the committee after further discussion on March 9, 2017.
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