Policy revisions to be presented to School Board tonight

At tonight’s Shenandoah County School Board meeting, drafts for two different policy revisions will be presented to the School Board for consideration in regard to the attendance boundary adjustment process.

The two options for revision are part of School Board Policy JC and will be presented as informational items for the School Board’s initial review.

In a document posted on the School Division website, which include the draft policy option proposals, it states that “approval of revisions to Policy JC are aligned with the School Board’s upcoming decision on adjustments to school attendance boundaries.

A common revision on both policy options is the elimination of text that allows the superintendent to grant special permission to exempt students from attending the attendance zone they reside in and are assigned.

An exception allowed for both policy options is allowing students with disabilities to attend a school outside of their assigned attendance zone for special education programs offered at a particular school

Another exception allowed for both policy options is in regard to children of employees.

The policy draft states, “Students of full time employees of the Shenandoah County Public Schools may attend school in the attendance area in which they reside and to which they are assigned or they may attend school on the campus where their parent or guardian is employed.”

The differences of the options regard which high schools students will be allowed to finish their high school career at.

“Option A allows current 9th, 10th and 11th grade students who are impacted by boundary adjustment to finish at their current school. However, Option B only allows current 11th grade students to finish at the school where they began their high school career,” the document states.

Another difference between the two options is related to transportation.

The proposal in Option A allows students in 9th, 10th and 11th grade to finish at their current school, or choose to go to school in their newly assigned zone.

“Those who are impacted, but choose to stay at their current high school would need to provide their own transportation. Although there would be no fiscal or legal implications if the Board chose this option, equity and access for all students is a consideration.’

It also states that the board should consider students who have the means to provide their own transportation, as well as students who don’t.

Option B allows only current 11th graders to finish at their current high school.

In Option B, “The policy is written in a manner that obligates the school division to provide transportation to the current 11th grade students who would choose to finish at their current school.”

It also states that there are fiscal implications associated with this decision, such as “increased logistical costs associated with transportation.”

Staff and community members can provide feedback on this policy on an online survey, http://tinyurl.com/gnvfy8n, as well at public meetings held tonight, on March 2 and on March 10.

The board will vote on the proposed policy revisions at its March 10 meeting held at 7 p.m.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com

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