Attendance Area Adjustment –
Supporting Students at a New School
On November 21, 2019, the Board of Education voted to adjust school boundaries to relieve crowded schools, more effectively balance capacity utilization among schools throughout the district, and address inequities in the distribution of students affected by poverty. This decision marks the start of the transition phase as schools prepare to welcome news students and families to their school community for school year 2020–2021.
We know that transitions can be difficult for children and some struggle more than others. Adjusting to a new building, meeting new classmates, and having new teachers can cause anxiety. HCPSS welcomes nearly 1,000 new students to our schools annually, and school administrators and staff in every school are prepared to support students in adjusting to a new school. They will make every effort to ensure this transition is as easy as possible for you and your child.
Schools will ensure that every child continues to receive the same level of care and service at their prior school and we have plans in place to help make this transition smooth. We also know that many families rely on services – either through the Free and Reduced Meals (FARMs) program, pupil personnel workers, or the many community groups that support our school communities. School administrators and staff will work with each school to ensure a continuity of care.
What to expect if your child moves schools as part of redistricting: School administrators and staff in your child’s new school will collaborate closely with staff from the previous school to cover all considerations regarding class placement, accommodations, supports, and any other information that will help your child thrive in their new school.
Parents and guardians will participate in the transition process and can assist the new school’s staff in welcoming and supporting your child.
Students and parents will have multiple opportunities to visit the school and meet staff before the beginning of the 2020–2021 school year.
Your new school will host an open house for all new students and families, and will plan events, activities, and accommodations for transitioning students so they feel welcome and become comfortable in their new environment.
School administrators, counselors and other support staff are available to answer any questions.
Our curriculum and materials are consistent across the school system and students have access to comparable opportunities at every school in our system. Parents are encouraged to have conversations with their child about responding positively to changes. Parents can help their child get to know the new school. Even viewing the new school from a car or seeing a photograph of the school can be helpful.
Parents can support their child by discussing the transition and by making a list of their child’s questions and concerns. Parents, together with their child, can find answers to these questions and address concerns. Your current school administrators and student services staff are available to help you have these conversations so please don’t hesitate to reach out to them for support.