Big Changes coming in 2018…

There are many changes in store for WCPSS for the 2018-2019 school year. To see all the changes being made across the county, please check out the 2018-2019 Enrollment Plan here:  http://www.wcpss.net/Page/30658
Dr. Martin will be discussing proposed changes taking place throughout Wake County in the 2018-2019 school year, with a focus on the K-3 Classroom Size Mandate.  There will be a public Q & A session to follow.  All families are invited to attend.
Date:  Tuesday, October 24
Time:  7:00pm
Location:  Auditorium at West Lake Middle School
Here is some more information;

There are many changes in store for WCPSS for the 2018-2019 school year.  To see all the changes being made across the county, please check out the 2018-2019 Enrollment Plan here:  http://www.wcpss.net/Page/30658

Starting​ ​in​ ​2018,​ ​parents​ ​will​ ​follow​ ​new​ ​procedures​ ​for​ ​making​ ​school​ ​change​ ​requests.​ ​The process​ ​for​ ​requesting​ ​to​ ​attend​ ​a​ ​school​ ​with​ ​a​ ​different​ ​calendar​ ​will​ ​change​ ​significantly, as​ ​will​ ​the​ ​process​ ​for​ ​requesting​ ​a​ ​transfer​ ​due​ ​to​ ​a​ ​specific​ ​hardship. Here​ ​are​ ​the​ ​main​ ​changes:

● If​ ​your​ ​base​ ​school​ ​is​ ​on​ ​a​ ​traditional​ ​calendar:​ ​You​ ​may​ ​apply​ ​to​ ​a​ ​designated year-round​ ​calendar​ ​school​ ​between​ ​Jan.​ ​10-31,​ ​2018.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​the​ ​same​ ​time​ ​as​ ​the Magnet​ ​Application​ ​Period,​ ​which​ ​is​ ​open​ ​to​ ​all​ ​students.​ ​Applications​ ​are​ ​not guaranteed. 

● If​ ​your​ ​base​ ​school​ ​is​ ​on​ ​a​ ​non-traditional​ ​calendar:​ ​You​ ​may​ ​request​ ​a​ ​seat​ ​at​ ​a designated​ ​traditional​ ​calendar​ ​school​ ​during​ ​the​ ​Request​ ​for​ ​Transfer​ ​period,​ ​Feb. 20​ ​-​ ​March​ ​6,​ ​2018.​ ​Requests​ ​are​ ​not​ ​guaranteed. 

● There​ ​will​ ​no​ ​longer​ ​be​ ​a​ ​“Calendar​ ​Option”​ ​application​ ​period​ ​in​ ​February. 

● Students​ ​requesting​ ​a​ ​school​ ​assignment​ ​change​ ​for​ ​any​ ​other​ ​reason,​ ​including reasons​ ​due​ ​to​ ​hardship,​ ​may​ ​make​ ​their​ ​request​ ​during​ ​this​ ​same​ ​Request​ ​for Transfer​ ​period,​ ​Feb.​ ​20​ ​-​ ​March​ ​6,​ ​2018. 

● There​ ​will​ ​no​ ​longer​ ​be​ ​a​ ​hardship​ ​transfer​ ​period​ ​in​ ​May.

Next year the K-3 Class Size Mandate will enact dramatic changes to K-3 classrooms, making a cap at 18 students for Kindergarten, 16 students for 1st grade and 17 students for each classroom in 2nd and 3rd grade.  Currently, Wake County is short 9,500 seats for the 2018-2019 school year.

Lest you think that this situation will not affect your family with middle and high school kids, please be aware that because there were no additional funds provided to WCPSS to implement this policy, the effect of being required to hire more K-3 teachers will decrease the number of middle and high school teachers and will likely increase the classroom size of middle and high schools across the county next year.  Due to the K-3 Class Size Mandate, the county’s policy on grandfathering will also change next year.  You can read the proposed details here:  http://www.wcpss.net/Page/30654

Dr. Martin and the Wake PTA Council are encouraging all parents to submit their personal experiences with the changes their families have already faced at their elementary school to their NC State legislature member via email, face to face contact or snail mail letters.  Wake PTA Council has prepared an advocacy statement that presents unified talking points to address your concerns to your NC State Legislator – you can find it here:  http://www.wakepta.org/uploads/1/2/6/6/12665306/k-3_class_size_mandate.pdf  Please keep your comments to your legislator constructive – is this what we want for our community?  Is this what you would want for your child?  The more you can personalize your statement, the better it is heard by your legislator.  Please submit your statements to your legislator by December, 2017.

If you are interested in attending the next Board Advisory Council meeting, you are officially invited!  It will be held at Athens Drive High School on December 4th at 9:00am.  If you would like to be a more active WLMS PTSA advocate for your child’s education, please get in touch with Beth Lewis via email:  beth_lewisfamily@yahoo.com or simply attend the next WLMS PTSA meeting on Tuesday, November 7 at 7:00pm at WLMS