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District 303 board approves school transfer plan

ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles School District 303 school board this week approved a districtwide transfer policy for elementary school students and an amendment to its transfer policy for Davis Richmond School.

The policy permits families of elementary school students to request a transfer to attend a District 303 elementary school outside of their designated attendance areas. This policy has no impact on the District 303 budget – transfers will be considered only where space is available, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

Requests for a transfer must be made between May 15 and July 31 before each school year. The district will not provide transportation for students granted a transfer to a school outside their attendance area, according to the release.

Siblings are not guaranteed placement with any transfer request, therefore individual requests must be submitted for each student, according to the approved policy. Those granted a request must attend the middle school and high school as assigned by their attendance zone, the release said.

The school board Monday also approved an amendment to the Intra-District transfer policy for Davis Richmond School, board member Corrine Pierog said. The amendment removes a restriction requiring a health care provider's note and allows class size to be the factor for consideration of approval.

Similar to the districtwide policy, transfer requests are due by July 31, transportation is not provided and siblings are not guaranteed placement.

Pierog said several families are interested in transferring to Richmond for its core currilcum focus on STEM education and foreign language.

A school choice option for students in the Davis Richmond attendance area was part of an updated Corrective Action Plan for the school.

Development of the plan is in response to an October 2013 court order by Judge David Akemann on a lawsuit against the district for restructuring Davis and Richmond schools.

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