Jackson County Schools are planning to proceed with rezoning to six elementary schools in the 2017-2018 school year. Please see the attached proposed 2017-2018 rezoning map.
October 17, 2016 - Rezoning Hearing #1 East Jackson Elementary School 6:30 PM
November 14, 2016 - Rezoning Hearing #2 Gum Springs Elementary School 6:30 PM
January 2017 - May 2017 - All rezoned students/families will have opportunities to visit new schools.
How and when will the rezoning be implemented?
The Board of Education will consider the rezoning recommendation at its Oct. 17 and Nov. 14 meetings. Letters will be sent to the parents/guardians of affected students by Jan. 30, 2017. The rezoning will take effect for the 2017-2018 school year.
Will high school students be able to stay at their existing schools if they are entering 12th grade?
Students currently enrolled in 11th grade may opt to stay at their current schools for the 2017-2018 school year, and the school system WILL provide transportation (plans are for express buses to travel between the two high schools). Students who choose this option must notify the school by April 15, 2017. Younger students can make their requests under the provisions of HB251 (see below), but transportation will NOT be provided by the school system.
Will elementary or middle school students be able to stay at their existing schools if they have just one year left?
Students currently enrolled in grades 4 or 7 may opt to stay at their current schools for the 2017-2018 school year, but transportation will NOT be provided by the school system. Students who choose this option must notify the school by April 15, 2017. Younger students can make their requests under the provisions of HB251 (see below).
Will House Bill 251 allow students to stay in their current schools?
Students may apply through the process established by HB251, Public School Choice Framework, if they wish to remain in their current schools. This bill, passed in 2009, allows students enroll in schools outside their attendance zones as long as the requested schools have room, but the school system does not provide transportation. The application deadline is February 28,2017, and forms are available on the school system’s website (HB251 application). Responses are mailed to families by March 31, 2017.
How will students know what buses they will ride?
Once students and families are notified of the final school attendance zones, the transportation department will publish routes and times through the district website. Schools also will provide transportation information during open houses and summer orientations.
How will students and families learn about their new schools?
A series of orientation meetings are being planned, beginning in the spring, so students and families can meet the teachers and staff members at their new schools. Families also are welcome to attend events at their new schools, and every effort will be made to include them in notices of these events.