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by palo alto mom, Crescent Park,
on Mar 17, 2008
Depends. It could be as late as mid-August, if you're waiting to get into a non-neighborhood school. Have you called the PAUSD attendance office? They could tell you.
In past years, kids have been overflowed from schools that are over enrolled. When do you find out if your child gets in to their neighborhood school? I believe they have held a lottery in past years.
You should contact your neighborhood school. They will probably be able to tell you if your child's name is on the incoming kinder list as soon as they receive it which will probably have already happened. If you are not on the list they will be able to let you know what your status is.
If you are overflowed, you are still registered as belonging to your neighborhood school and they will always be able to tell you how far up the wait list you are and various other things. My advice is to actually go into the office and ask the clerks. They are usually very nice and helpful, and if you get to know them they will always be happy to help with any questions.
There have been lotteries for kindergarten in the northern clusters in the past and I am not sure if that will be the case for the coming year. Supt. Skelly has mentioned that they may ask all kindergarten students who have not got into their neighborhood school to actually start their first day in the offices at Churchill until it can be ascertained if there is space at the neighborhood school. It is really unbelievable, but some people register their child for PAUSD and also a Private school and when they get into the private school never tell PAUSD that they won't be there and then there is space at the school. It would be much easier if people had the sense to let their local school know if they are not going to take the place offered so that someone who wants it can have it.
Parent says: "some people register their child for PAUSD and also a Private school and when they get into the private school never tell PAUSD . . . It would be much easier if people had the sense to let their local school know . . ."
Sure, people do this, and it's rude. But given that it happens regularly, I hope the district has the sense to take the time and call all the new kinder parents offered places to see if they are actually going to take them up. It wouldn't take *that* long and if the calls were made in early August, it would allow the district to be much better prepared than under its apparent plan to just wait and see who turns up on the first day of school.
"Supt. Skelly has mentioned that they may ask all kindergarten students who have not got into their neighborhood school to actually start their first day in the offices at Churchill until it can be ascertained if there is space at the neighborhood school."
Isn't there some sort of 7 or 14 day period at the start of the year to determine no-shows? If someone doesn't turn up on the first day but turns up on the second, you may end up with the over-crowding you tried to avoid.
It would be better to have the children stay at home until Churchill can allocate a space for each overflowed child in a school. Unless this is just some child-care arrangement until they can sort out their district.
I would imagine that no shows would be contacted before their places given away as, particularly in this District, many people stay abroad for the month of August and do not return to school until after Labor Day. At least this happens a lot in the higher grades so I expect that this would have to be taken into consideration at kindergarten. There would probably have to be a warning put in the initial placement letter that if they do not take their place by the first day of school without letting the school know, that their place will not be guaranteed.
Cupertino has struggled with the problem of families taking summer vacations which extend into the beginning of the school year. Several years ago they adopted a "no show, lose your spot" policy. Their First Day Of School Policy reads:
"Students who have an unexcused absence on the first day of school in August will be dropped from the school roster (vacations are unexcused). If space is available at his or her school when the student returns, the student will be reinstated. If no space is available, the student will be assigned to another school in the district where space is available. If the student is ill, parents must notify the school of the absence and provide documentation."
The complete "Attendance Policy" is at Web Link.
From the article on last night's board meeting - Web Link
From Assistant Superintendent Scott Laurence:
"In his presentation on enrollment, Laurence said more students mean some parents may wait until late summer to hear which teacher their child will get.
There are currently 60 more kindergarten students signed up than the district has space for, he said.
The numbers will likely change as some drop out a common occurrence in kindergarten -- yet that means families might not know their child's classroom before Labor Day, he said."
Notification: Duveneck currently has more incoming kinders than space. I asked if my transfer to Hays could be granted so that there would be sufficient space at Duveneck. I was told that this is not the policy. Isn't it a shame that my kids may take space from a family who really wants to be at their local school. We will go to a school much further away from our home and across busy arterial streets? I just have to cross my fingers that it all works out.
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