Right now students are free to roam, choosing whichever schools they want to attend anywhere throughout the Wichita Falls Independent School District. However, that policy is coming to an end.
"Beginning the next school year, 2015-2016, W.F.I.S.D. is changing to an opt-out school system," said Ashley Thomas, the W.F.I.S.D. Communication Officer.
That means schools will be assigned to students based on an attendance zone, and their home address. The changes are primarily going to impact secondary students, those entering 7th and 9th grades.
"If they choose to go to a different school outside of their attendance zone they will have to fill out an opt-out choice application," said Thomas.
The best way you or your child can find out what attendance zone you are in, or which school you will be assigned to, is by heading to the opt-out choice web page on the Wichita Falls Independent School District web site.
Now, come January 20th an opt-out choice application will be online. You can fill out the application if you want to attend a different school, other than what you are assigned to. Those applications are due February 11th.
"The applications will be reviewed and there will be different criteria as to who will be placed in the school that's in their opt-out choice transfer form," said Thomas.
The schools will be filled based on size and capacity. Not everyone that applies will be granted the transfer.
But students other than 7th and 9th grades are grandfathered in. So regardless of the attendance zones for the other students, they will not be forced to move schools.
"We're hoping that by having these open houses this week we're providing an opportunity to see schools and get questions answered that we'll be able to make sure that community is informed," said Ashley Thomas.
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