The Weyauwega-Fremont School Board approved a new student placement/classroom designation policy during its Jan. 24 meeting.
Parents who request a student placement with a specific teacher will have to make the request in writing, using the appropriate forms that the school district provides.
While they will not be required to provide rationale for a student placement request, such information may be helpful in making a student placement that is most acceptable to both the family and the district.
Written requests for the 2011-12 school year will be accepted between April 1 and June 1 of this year.
According to the policy, “building level administration has the responsibility to provide balance within individual classrooms recognizing factors such as total enrollment, students’ abilities, gender, special education needs, English language learners and other considerations.
“The district will develop classroom placement with the intent to create a positive learning environment for all students. In most cases, achieving a reasonable balance in each classroom would allow for student placement requests.”
Written requests will be both date and time stamped in order to allow for consideration in the order in which they were received.
Parents and guardians who submit requests will be made aware of the status of their requests before class rosters are announced.
A decision of a principal may be appealed to the district administrator, and a decision of the district administrator may be appealed to the school board.
The board’s previous policy was adopted in November 2009 and allowed for a parent to appeal to the district administrator decisions made by building principals as to where students were placed in the classrooms.
This new policy provides a formal manner for making requests and also allows the district administrator’s decision to be appealed to the school board.