Opting Out Options For W.F.I.S.D.

Opting Out Options For W.F.I.S.D.

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - The window to opt out 5th, 6th and 8th graders within the W.F.I.S.D. is set to begin Monday, January 18th. The district is getting rid of it's choice program and will now operate off attendance zones, but that doesn't mean they don't have options. If a parent wants to opt out of those attendance zones and send their child to a different school this fall, they'll have from Monday until February 5th to fill out forms requesting to do so. 
     "We hope as a district we are able to grant all the requests that come in, but we also have to be mindful of the capacity at every campus and to make sure that we're not enrolling too many students in one particular school," Ashley Thomas, Communications Officer for the W.F.I.S.D. said. 
This opt out period is only for students changing campuses Thomas said. This means 8th graders that will be going into high school next year, 6th graders who are still at the elementary level, and 5th graders who are heading to junior high can request to opt out from attending the school in their attendance zones. 
     "During that opt out period students can fill out that opt out choice form and turn it back into the Student Assignment Office. Then those forms will be reviewed and the students will be contacted if they are able to opt out of their attendance school and go to a different school for next year," Thomas said. 
The Board of Trustees decided on these earlier request windows because it helps the district better prepare each campus with the faculty and staff it needs for the number of students attending. If a student is not in a transitioning stage but would like to try and attend a school outside of their attendance zone, Thomas said there will be a transfer window as well. That window is from February 8th to February 26th. Thomas said transfer requests are handled a bit differently than opt out requests. She said there are certain criteria the Student Assignment Office looks at to determine if the transfer will be granted. 
     "They'll take a look at each individual case and determine the transfer. They still look at availability but also if that child is in good standing and some other criteria," Thomas said. 
Both opt out and transfer requests go through the Student Assignment Office at the education center on Broad St. If your child does want to attend the school within their attendance zone Thomas said there is nothing you need to do. 
     "If a students wants to go to their attendance zone campus, they don't have to do anything. So if you're an elementary student and you know what school you're zoned to for junior high then there's nothing that needs to be done, your child will automatically be enrolled in that school," Thomas said.
While the goal is to get students to attend schools within their attendance zones, Thomas said any student wanting to go to the two magnet schools in the district can fill out a form to do so. Kirby World Academy and Hirschi High School both offer the International Baccalaureate or IB program. If you would like your child to attend either of these schools and they are out of your attendance zones there is a form you can fill out. Thomas said students should know by March what school they will attend come the 2016-2017 school year.

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