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: firstname.lastname@example.org or simply attend the next WLMS PTSA meeting on Tuesday, November 7 at 7:00pm at WLMS