February 26, 2019

NEW! 2019 School Choice Information

Here are the important things about School Choice for Dover and Wardsboro

POLICY, FAQ, TIMELINE AND MORE
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INTRA DISTRICT SCHOOL CHOICE PROGRAM FOR ELEMENTARY

The River Valleys Unified School District places students in the District’s schools based on a student’s town of residence. Transportation is provided for PK-6 students attending a school within the town of residence.

To accommodate occasions when a student might benefit from placement in a school outside a PK-6 student’s town of residence, it is the policy of the River Valleys Unified School District to offer students the option to enroll in a school of their choice within the District. Processes for intra-district choice of school will be guided by the needs of students, space availability, and existing resources.

The Superintendent of Schools will develop procedures consistent with the following guidelines:


    Requests to attend a school in another town within the River Valleys Unified School District will be granted based on space availability and with the goal of enhancing student opportunities in the best interest of students.

 Requests may be denied if the request would have a negative impact on class size or staffing at the sending school

    Regardless of residence, every family will have a choice of enrolling in any grade-level appropriate school operated by the District

·       Transportation to PK-6 buildings will be provided for students attending school within ones town of residence. For students choosing to attend school in a neighboring town, transportation is not provided by the River Valleys Unified School District, unless utilizing existing bus route to or from the choice school and there is sufficient space on the bus route.

    Younger siblings entering school after a child who has exercised school choice may attend the same home school as his or her older sibling.

    School choice does not apply to non-resident students.

·       A parent who disputes the determination made by the Superintendent in accordance with the above process is entitled to request Board review of the decision. The Board’s determination will be considered final.

    School Choice procedures will be listed in school handbooks and updated and published by March 1stannually.


Date Warned:                         _________
Date Adopted:                        _________
Date Reaffirmed:                    _________
Date Reviewed:                           _________


Legal Reference(s):

Cross Reference:


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INTRA DISTRICT SCHOOL CHOICE PROGRAM FOR ELEMENTARY

Guidelines and Procedures

Guidelines:

    Requests to attend a school in another town within the River Valleys Unified School District will be granted based on space availability and with the goal of creating balanced class sizes in all schools.

    Regardless of residence, every family will have a choice of enrolling in any grade-level appropriate school operated by the district.

·       Transportation to PK-6 buildings will be provided for students attending school within ones town of residence. For students choosing to attend school in a neighboring town, transportation is not provided by the River Valleys Unified School District, unless utilizing existing bus route to or from the choice school and there is sufficient space on the bus route.

    Younger siblings entering school after a child who has exercised school choice may attend the same home school as his or her older sibling.

Procedures:

Town of Residence Assignment

All students will be assigned to the school in their town of residence

School Choice Program

Prior to the start of the intra school district school choice program, the Superintendent will announce how many openings exist at each school and each grade level for the next school year. The number of available slots will be determined based on the following criteria:

x    Space available in the building
x    Space available in each grade level
x    Right Sizing Classes  with Class Size Guidelines
Optimal Educational Environment (In order to achieve optimal class size, the District in the spring of the preceding school year, the Administration may solicit requests to balance class sizes across the district in a given grade level.)



Parents will then submit the Intra school District School Choice Election form by the annual deadline. Slots will be awarded as follows:

1.   Younger siblings of existing school choice participants may be assigned to the same school as the older sibling. This only applies to the K-6 program.
2.   Individuals on the wait list from the year prior
3.   In the event there are more requests than there is remaining space available, a lottery system will be used to select participants to fill open spots.

Waitlists

    The River Valleys Unified School District will create waitlists for all schools where there are more applicants than available seats for a particular grade.
    A student’s place on the waitlist is based on a lottery for all choice applications received    
       prior to the deadline.
    When seats become available, students will be assigned from wait lists based on the order the children were selected in the lottery, and the priorities.
    From mid-March through mid-August, as space becomes available, children are  
      automatically moved off the waitlist into their chosen school. Families receive  
      notification about their new school assignment with a letter sent in the mail.
    Families interested in school choice who submit an application after the deadline will be placed at the end of the waitlist.

School Changes

In extenuating circumstances, school changes mid-year will be considered on a case by case basis. Parents should apply through the WCSU central office.

Length of Placement

Once a student is placed, they shall remain at the choice school until Grade 6.  Requests to return to the school in the town of the student’s residence will be considered as a part of the next years intra school district school choice program.  Once school choice is elected the school in the student’s town of residence becomes a choice school and the school of placement becomes the student’s home school.

This plan will be reviewed and may be modified yearly and any changes to the guidelines will be completed by February 1st of subsequent years.


K-6 Intra District School Choice Program  
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is school choice and who is allowed to exercise school choice? Children entering gradesK-6who live in the towns of Dover and Wardsboro may exercise school choice. Our goal is to both allow options for families and also make balanced class sizes to provide a positive learning environment for all of our children. Parents may apply for choice in any of the K through sixth grade schools.  Given space availability, we will work to meet as many familiesneeds as possible. By exercising a local school choice
options we  can:
x    Create balanced class sizes in all schools
x    Eliminate, combine or divide too small or too large classes
x    Create optimal learning environments in all schools
x    Meet diverse needs that parents and families have for their children
x    Provide options

Who gets school choice? School choice will be limited to the amount of available space in each building. If you are interested in choosing a school other than the one located in your town, you complete and submit the school choice form. Once we receive all the applications, we will assign students. If there is more interest in one particular school than spaces available, we will conduct a lottery.

Does this mean that one of our schools will close? There are no current plans to close any schools.

Will my child be able to attend this same school for all of his/her elementary years? Your child will be able to attend the same school and continue through the highest grade offered at that school.

If we exercise school choice and we have younger child(ren), will he or she also be able to attend the choice school? Younger siblings entering school after a child who has exercised school choice may attend the same school as his or her older sibling. We will make every effort to meet the needs of families so children in the same family can enroll in the same school-both younger and older siblings.

My child is currently attending one particular school and we feel a change of schools would be in his/her best interest, we would like school choice next year. School choice is extended to all students K-6 next year.

What do we do if ,after a year or two of exercising school choice, we want to change back to our original school? In future years we hope to continue school choice, and you would re-apply for school choice for your hometown school. Choice will be provided if space is available.

If more children want to exercise school choice than spaces available who get spriority? First priority goes to children who live in the home-based geographic area of a school. If parents list a choice school that is not in their home-based geographic area, and there are more children interested than spaces available, the school will conduct a lottery. Once school choice is established, siblings will be given priority for school choice. Please referto the school choice guidelines for more information.

Who will my son/daughter's teacher be? At this point we have not made teacher assignments for any of our classes. Once we receive all applications, teachers will be assigned based on numbers.  We will send out classroom teacher assignments to elementary families in late spring.

Is          teacher teaching grade at           school next year? Please see the building principal for information about teacher placement.

What if I miss the deadline for school choice? We will honor requests for school choice after the deadline only if there is space available on a first come, first served basis.

How will I know if my child got their first choice school? We will notify parents of their school by May via email.


Parental School Choice Program for Elementary School in The River Valleys Unified School District 

Timeline

For  the following school bases:
Dover                    Wardsboro

DATES:

March 1st
The River Valleys Unified School District Elementary communicate to parents the availability of school choice and where to access information if they wish to apply for school choice



March

Parent(s) or guardian(s) fill out a school choice form for each child-indicate school of choice, and include a brief letter of explanation why you are requesting school choice, and return the form
·       By mail– The River Valleys Unified School District,1219 VT Route 30, Townshend VT, 05353 ATTN:Meg Wright,
·       in person to the Windham Central Supervisory Union Office
·       or via email to the rvchioce@windhamcentral.org


March 31st

School Choice applications due. If parents want to exercise school choice, all forms are due either via mail, dropped off in person at the WCSU -River Valleys Unified School District office, or via email


     May 1st

Schools will mail letters to parents/guardians explaining the school choice placement for their
child and general information and timelines for their son/daughter’s individual school.



August 1st
Teacher assignment will occur within each school and letters will be sent home with the teacher placement.


The River Valleys Unified School District INTRA DISTRICT SCHOOL CHOICE PROGRAM    FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
 

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Application Form

Parent(s) or guardian(s) fill out a school choice form for each child-indicate school of choice, and include a brief letter of explanation why you are requesting school choice, and return the form

Due: March 31st_____

Submit completed form:
·         by mail– The River Valleys Unified School District,1219 VT Route 30,     
Townshend VT, 05353 ATTN:Meg Wright,                    
·       In person to the Windham Central Supervisory Union Office
·       or via email to the rvchoice@windhamcentral.org    

STUDENT INFORMATION:

Please Circle grade child will be entering in the fall:

K    1    2    3    4    5    6

First____________________Middle                        Last                                                            _________________



Date of Birth:                                                           



Current Mailing Address:  


PARENT/GUARDIAN INFORMATION:

Parent/Guardian#1

Name:                                                                              Relationship:               

Preferred Email:                                                                                                  

Home Phone:                                  Cell Phone:                                     Work Phone:                                           

Physical and Mailing address (if different from student):



Parent/Guardian#2

Name:                                                                              Relationship:               

Preferred Email:                                                                                                  

Home Phone:                                  Cell Phone:                                      Work Phone:                                           

Physical and Mailing address (if different from student):



Student lives with: Parent/Guardian #1_________Parent/Guardian #2________Both                                               



SIBLING INFORMATION:

Name(s) ________________________________________DOB__                                                                                                 __________

Name(s) ________________________________________ DOB_____________

Name(s) _________________________________________DOB_____________

Name(s) _________________________________________ DOB_____________



What will be your current town of residence for the upcoming school year (circle one)?

Dover                             Wardsboro


What is your school of choice for the upcoming school year (circle one)?

The Dover School
Wardsboro Elementary School


Approved:      ___________________
Adopted:        ___________________