School Board of Charlotte County
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5120 - SCHOOL ASSIGNMENT WITHIN DISTRICT AND STUDENT ASSIGNMENT WITHIN SCHOOL

The School Board is required, occasionally, to review and modify the attendance zones for each school in the District. These modifications are often required by state law, and therefore, there can be no guarantee of students residing in any attendance zone in the District having the right to attend a particular school, or to receive transportation to a particular school in the District.

The Superintendent has the full and complete authority and obligation in the matter of the assignment and placement of students in educational programs, and to, at any time in his sole discretion, close individual schools, grades, or classrooms to out-of-zone transfer requests, or to revoke existing reassignments if it becomes necessary.

School Assignment Within District

The Board directs that the assignment of students to schools within this District be consistent with the best interests of students and the best use of the resources of this District.

The Board shall periodically determine the school attendance zones of the District and shall expect the students within each zone to attend the school so designated.

Change of attendance areas will be justified by the following:

 A.Considerations of safe student transportation and travel;

 B.Convenience of access to schools;

 C.Financial and administrative efficiency;

 D.The effectiveness of the instructional program; or

 E.An educationally sound balance of student populations; or

 F.Requirements by state law, including but not limited to the Class Size Amendment, by the Florida Constitution, and the concurrency laws which govern contributions required by developers for school construction.

Assignment to schools or attendance schedules shall not discriminate against students on the basis of gender, race, religion, disability, or national origin.

The Superintendent may assign a student to a school other than that designated by the attendance zone when such exception is justified by circumstances and is in the best interest of the student.

The Superintendent shall assign incoming transfer students including transfers from home education programs to such schools, grades, and classes as may afford each student the greatest likelihood of realizing the fullest educational potential.

Assignment to Head Start Programs

Assignments to Head Start programs are based on space availability not geographic zones.

Student Assignment Within School

The principal shall assign students in his/her school to appropriate grades, classes, or groups. This action shall be based on consideration of the needs of the student as well as the administration of the school.

Student Reassignment

Students residing within Charlotte County may, subject to the controlled open enrollment (school choice) policies, procedures, and handbook of the Board, attend any school within the District under the following procedures which allow preferential school choice selections as a significant factor pursuant to F.S. 1002.31. The Superintendent shall have full and complete authority and obligation in the matter of the assignment and placement of students in educational programs, and to, in his/her sole discretion, close individual schools, grades, or classrooms to out-of-zone transfer requests, or to revoke existing reassignments if it becomes necessary.

 A.Parents must request reassignment during the controlled open enrollment application period, in the months of February and March, if they desire reassignment to any school other than their assigned school;

 B.A random lottery will be used in situations where there are more requests than available seats. All completed Choice applications shall be processed and eligible for the random lottery and school placement. Out-of-County reassignments will be considered only after all in-County reassignments have been processed through the lottery. Choice assignments will be awarded based upon seat availability;

 C.To ensure equitable access for all parents, no application shall receive any advantage based on the date of its filing within the application period;

 D.Under normal circumstances, reassignments are granted through the completion of the highest grade level offered at each school site. However, the Superintendent reserves the right to revoke existing reassignments for extenuating circumstances. Students will not be allowed to change during the school year without prior approval of the hardship committee;

 E.The hardship committee will be appointed by the Superintendent. It will hear all transfer requests made at any time other than the prescribed time for transfer;

 F.A student moving into the county after the controlled open enrollment deadline will attend his/her assigned school unless a written request for reassignment is granted by the hardship committee;

 G.Once a sibling is permitted to attend an out-of-zone school, consideration will be given to that student's sibling(s) to attend the same out-of-zone school as long as both students will be in attendance during the same school year and the student placement is educationally appropriate. See letter "D" in this section for further clarification;

 H.A school will never be closed to new students moving into a school attendance zone. When a student changes residence to a different attendance zone after school is in session, the student may then transfer to the school in his/her new attendance zone without approval by the hardship committee;

 I.Homeless children as defined by federal law must have access to a free, appropriate education and must be admitted to the school that best meets the needs of the student;

 J.Parents are responsible for transporting their children attending any school other than their assigned school, except in the case of homeless students;

 K.Parents of incoming kindergarten students have the option of open enrollment to any open school during Kindergarten Round-Up in May by completing a "Student Reassignment Notification" form. Parents electing to have their children attend a school that is out of their districted zone are responsible for transportation;

 L.Upon the recommendation of the principals and the review and approval of the hardship committee, a student may be returned to the assigned school in his/her attendance zone at the beginning of the next grading period for the following reasons: discipline and/or attendance problems; or other changes in circumstance;

 M.Residential placement of students shall be as provided by state statute.

Athletic participation will be governed by the rules of the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA).

ASSIGNMENT WITHIN DISTRICT

School Boundaries - The following boundaries will be in effect:

 A.Deep Creek Elementary School (Grades K-5) - That area bordered by Interstate 75 on the west, north to the DeSoto County line, east along the DeSoto County line to the Peace River;

 B.East Elementary School (Grades K-5) -.That area east of the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor, south of DeSoto County, west of Glades County, north of Lee County, east of Burnt Store Road, to include roadways south of U.S. 41 which access Burnt Store Road from the west, east of (and including) Burnt Store Road between U.S. 41 and Taylor Road, north of Taylor Road from Burnt Store Road to Airport Road, south of and to include Airport Road between Taylor Road and I-75, east of and including Florida Street between Airport Road and U.S. 17, north of U.S. 17, becoming Olympia Avenue to the Peace River between Cooper Street and I-75 and east of Cooper Street.
  At the regular meeting in May of each year, the Board shall conduct a public hearing to review enrollment data at East Elementary School and Sallie Jones Elementary School and determine whether their attendance zones should be modified to permit residents of the portion of the East Elementary School attendance zone located within the City of Punta Gorda to attend Sallie Jones Elementary School;

 C.Liberty Elementary School (Grades K-5) - That area east and south of the Sarasota County line, west of the Haverhill Waterway between the Sarasota County line and Peachland Boulevard, the north side of Peachland Boulevard between the Haverhill Waterway and the Morningstar Waterway, west of the Morningstar Waterway between Peachland Boulevard and Iliade Avenue, north of (including both sides of) Iliade Avenue between the Morningstar Waterway and the Dorchester Waterway, west of the Dorchester Waterway between Iliade Avenue and Quesada Avenue, north of (including both sides of) Quesada Avenue between the Dorchester Waterway and Forrest Nelson Boulevard, west of Forrest Nelson Boulevard (including both sides of Forrest Nelson Boulevard) between Quesada Avenue and U.S. 41, north of U.S. 41 between Forrest Nelson Boulevard and the east extension of Bady Ave., north of the Bady Ave. extension and Cochran Boulevard (including both sides of Cochran Boulevard) between U.S. 41 and the Pellam Waterway, west of the Pellam Waterway between Cochran Boulevard and the east extension of Winter Garden Boulevard, north of (but not including) Winter Garden Boulevard and its west extension to Sam Knight Creek, west of Sam Knight Creek, and north of the Myakka River;

 D.Meadow Park Elementary School (Grades K-5) - That area southwest of U.S. 41 starting at the Morningstar Waterway, south through West Spring Lake to the Peace River, southwest to the Myakka River, north through Tippecanoe Bay and Sam Knight Creek to the westward extension of Winter Garden Boulevard, east to and along, (including both sides of) Winter Garden Boulevard to the Pellam Waterway, north to Cochran Boulevard, east along (but not including) Cochran Boulevard including the extension of Bady Avenue to U.S. 41;

 E.Myakka River Elementary School (Grades K-5) - That area south of the Myakka River, east and south of the Sarasota County line, east of Rocky Creek, north of S.R. 776 between Rocky Creek and the March Waterway, east of the March Waterway and the Seamist Waterway between S.R. 776 and the Butterford Waterway, south of the Butterford Waterway between the Seamist Waterway and Rotonda Boulevard North, east of Rotonda Boulevard North between the Butterford Waterway and Rotonda River, east of Rotonda River between Rotonda Boulevard North and the westward extension of Brig Street, north of Brig Street between Rotonda River and the Cape Haze Pioneer Trail, east of the Cape Haze Pioneer Trail from the Brig Street extension to the division line between Range 20E and Range 21E, east of the division line between Range 20E and Range 21E between the Cape Haze Pioneer Trail and Charlotte Harbor, and west of Charlotte Harbor;

 F.Neil Armstrong Elementary School (Grades K-5) - That area south of (and including the south side of) Peachland Avenue between Orlando Avenue and the Morningstar Waterway, east of the Morningstar Waterway from Peachland Avenue to Iliade Avenue, south of (but not including) Iliade Avenue from the Morningstar Waterway to the Dorchester Waterway, east of the Dorchester Waterway from Iliade Avenue to Quesada Avenue, south of (but not including) Quesada Avenue between the Dorchester Waterway and Forrest Nelson Boulevard, east of Forrest Nelson Boulevard (but not including Forrest Nelson Boulevard) between Quesada Avenue and U.S. 41, north of U.S. 41 between Forrest Nelson Boulevard and the Morningstar Waterway, north of the Morningstar Waterway between U.S. 41 and Midway Boulevard, east of Ednor Street and its northern extension between Midway Boulevard and Gladis Avenue, north of (and including) Gladis Avenue between Ednor Street and Harbor Boulevard, the east side of Harbor Boulevard between Gladis Avenue and Olean Boulevard, north of (and including) Olean Boulevard between Harbor Boulevard and Beacon Drive, west of (but not including any side streets) from Beacon Drive between Olean Boulevard and Midway Boulevard, south of Midway Boulevard between Beacon Drive and Orlando Boulevard, and west of (but not including) Orlando Boulevard between Midway Boulevard and Peachland Boulevard;

 G.Peace River Elementary School (Grades K-5) - That area north of the Peace River, east of Little Alligator Creek, east of West Spring Lake, and east of the Morningstar Waterway between West Spring Lake and Midway Boulevard, west of Ednor Street and its northern extension between Midway Boulevard and Gladis Avenue, south of (but not including) Gladis Avenue between Ednor Street and Harbor Boulevard, west (including the west side) of Harbor Boulevard between Gladis Avenue and Olean Boulevard, south of (but not including) Olean Boulevard between Harbor Boulevard and the Niagara Waterway, west of the Niagara Waterway between Olean Boulevard and the west extension of Wicker Street, south of (but not including) Wicker Street and its extension from the Niagara Waterway to Kings Highway, east of Kings Highway from Wicker Street extension to Olean Boulevard, south of Olean Boulevard and its east extension from Kings Highway to I-75, and west of I-75 from the east extension of Olean Boulevard to the Peace River;

 H.Sallie Jones Elementary School (Grades K-5) - That area south and east of the Peace River and north and east of Charlotte Harbor, west of Cooper Street, south of Olympia Avenue, becoming U.S. 17, west of Florida Street between Hwy 17 and Airport Road north of (but not to include) Airport Road between Florida Street and Taylor Road, west and south of Taylor Road between Airport Road and Burnt Store Road, west of (but not to include) Burnt Store Road from Taylor Road to Charlotte Harbor, not to include roadways south of U.S. 41 which access Burnt Store Road from the west.
  On or before the regular meeting in May of each year, the Board shall conduct a public hearing to review enrollment data at East Elementary School and Sallie Jones Elementary School and determine whether their attendance zones should be modified to permit residents of the portion of the East Elementary School attendance zone located within the City of Punta Gorda to attend Sallie Jones Elementary School;

 I.Vineland Elementary School (Grades K-5) - That area east of the Gulf of Mexico, south of Stump Pass, east of Lemon Bay, south of Ainger Creek between Lemon Bay and S.R. 776, south of S.R. 776 between Ainger Creek and the March Waterway, west of the March Waterway and the Seamist Waterway between S.R. 776 and the Butterford Waterway, north of the Butterford Waterway between the Seamist Waterway and Rotonda Boulevard North, west of Rotonda Boulevard North between the Butterford Waterway and Rotonda River, west of Rotonda River between Rotonda Boulevard North and the westward extension of Brig Street, south of Brig Street and its extension between Rotonda River and the Cape Haze Pioneer Trail, west of the Cape Haze Pioneer Trail between Brig Street and the division line between Range 20E and Range 21E, and west of the division line between Range 20E and Range 21E between the Cape Haze Pioneer Trail and the Lee County line in the Gulf of Mexico;

 J.Kingsway Elementary School (Grades K-5) - That area south of the Sarasota and DeSoto County lines, east of (and including both sides of) Harbor Boulevard between the Charlotte County line and Peachland Boulevard, north (including the north side) of Peachland Boulevard from Harbor Boulevard to Orlando Boulevard, east of Orlando Boulevard between Peachland Boulevard and Midway Boulevard, north of Midway Boulevard between Orlando Boulevard and Beacon Drive, east of (and including any side streets from) Beacon Drive between Midway Boulevard and Olean Boulevard, north of (and including) Olean Boulevard between Beacon Drive and the Niagara Waterway, east of the Niagara Waterway between Olean Boulevard and the west extension of Wicker Street, north of and including Wicker Street and its extension from the Niagara Waterway to Kings Highway, east of Kings Highway from Wicker Street extension to Olean Boulevard, north of Olean Boulevard and its east extension between Kings Highway and I-75, and east of I-75 between the east extension of Olean Boulevard and the Sarasota and DeSoto County lines;

 K.L.A. Ainger Middle School (Grades 6-8) - That area same as Lemon Bay High School;

 L.Murdock Middle School (Grades 6-8) - That area bordered by Charlotte Harbor to the Myakka River, north to the Sarasota County line, east to Haverhill Waterway, south to Morningstar Waterway, south to U.S. Highway 41, south to Sunrise Waterway, south to Charlotte Harbor;

 M.Port Charlotte Middle School (Grades 6-8) -That area from the Sarasota County line to Haverhill Waterway, south to Morningstar Waterway, south to U.S. Highway 41, south to Sunrise Waterway, south to Charlotte Harbor, east to Interstate 75, north to the Sarasota County line;

 N.Punta Gorda Middle School (Grades 6-8) - That area east of Interstate 75, and all areas east and south of the Peace River;

 O.Charlotte High School (Grades 9-12) - That area south and east of the Peace River in Charlotte County and that portion north of the Peace River lying south and east of a line that begins at Alligator Bay, continuing up Sunrise Waterway to U.S. Highway 41, southeast on Highway 41 to Elkcam Waterway, continuing north on Elkcam Waterway north to the DeSoto County line;

 P.Lemon Bay High School (Grades 9-12) - To include all of Charlotte County west of the Myakka River and Charlotte County's part of Gasparilla Island, from Lemon Bay, east on Belvedere Road and Manasota Beach Road and State Road 775, from the junction of Manasota Beach Road and State Road 775, due east to State Road 777, north on State Road 777 until that road turns west and north; continue on a straight line from that junction to the Myakka River; on Deer Prairie Creek to the north/south line between Section 22 and 23, Range 20 east, north on that Section line to the north city limit line of North Port; east along that line to the Sarasota County/DeSoto County line, south along the Sarasota County/Charlotte County line to the Gulf of Mexico, and including all of Manasota Key;

 Q.Port Charlotte High School (Grades 9-12) - That area east of the Myakka River in Charlotte County, and that area north and west of a line that begins at Alligator Bay, continuing up Sunrise Waterway to Highway 41, southeast on Highway 41 to Elkcam Waterway, continuing north on Elkcam Waterway to Midway Boulevard, east to Kings Highway, north to the DeSoto County line;

 R.Baker Elementary School (Early Head Start/Head Start and other educational programs deemed appropriate) serves the total county at various locations as assigned;

 S.Charlotte Harbor School (Grades PK-12 - Ages 3-21) - Serves total county;

 T.Charlotte Technical Center (High School and Post-Secondary) - Serves total county; and

 U.The Academy at Charlotte Technical Center - serves eligible students in Charlotte County.

F.S. 1000.05, 1001.41, 1002.20, 1002.31

Revised 4/24/07
Revised 10/21/08
Revised 3/10/09
Revised 5/19/09
Revised 3/23/10
Revised 11/15/16
Technical Change 1/17/17

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