New Elementary School Transfer Policy


WINCHESTER, Va. - After introducing its transfer policy a decade ago, Winchester City Public Schools are finally ready for a revision.

"The board wanted to look at this particular policy. It had been some time since it had been reviewed and revised," said Doug Joyner, Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction.

Founded in 2003 and revised in 2004, the Winchester City Public School's policy on elementary transfer students is under review.

"We recognize that balancing work and parenting can be very challenging," said Dr. Nan Bryant, Principal of John Kerr Elementary School.

Under the current policy, parents can request a transfer for a number of reasons, including changes in residence, health or educational needs.

"The only update is a change regarding the policy in day-care," Bryant said.

If the policy is enacted, parents wishing to request a transfer because of the location of their child care provider will now need to provide proof of residency for their child care provider – whether or not they’re commercial or private providers.

"Similar to what we do for admissions into the school district on a regular basis all the time. So therefore, parents will now have to provide some evidence that the child care provider actually resides in that zone," Joyner said.

Out of the 1,800 elementary school students enrolled Winchester Public School officials say they review approximately 60 requests a year.

"When we can reduce some of the hardships involved with finding the best day care for children, we're happy to support that," said Bryant.

Under the new policy, a transfer request is only good for one school year.

The school board is meeting again this coming Monday, and they could vote on the policy revision then.

Frederick County Public Schools in Virginia also offers a similar transfer policy.

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