SFUSD Seeking Public Input for New Student Assignment Policy

SFUSD Seeking Public Input for New Student Assignment Policy

Press Release

Community is Invited to Attend Virtual Workshops This Fall to Help Shape New Zone-Based Elementary Student Assignment Policy

San Francisco (October 19, 2021) - The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is developing a new student assignment system for elementary schools, and invites current, future and former SFUSD families, community partners, and members of the public to join virtual workshops this fall to help develop new school zones for elementary schools.

In 2020, the San Francisco Board of Education approved a new, zone-based student assignment policy for elementary schools that supports the Board’s goals of diverse school enrollment, predictable school assignment, and assignment within a reasonable geographic distance to where families reside. Zones will be geographic boundaries that include a group of elementary schools that offer a range of program options to students.  This change is not immediate, and will not impact students already enrolled at schools, but will impact families applying to schools for the first time in the 2024-2025 school year.

SFUSD is drawing the elementary zones this year, and family and community input during the fall virtual workshops will help SFUSD draft specific zones that will be shared with the community for final review and discussion in Spring 2022.

“We are committed to facilitating community engagement and building public confidence and support for the student assignment process,” Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews said. “I strongly encourage the community to participate in these workshops and share their ideas to help shape the new student assignment policy that has been years in the making.”

Once the new zone-based elementary student assignment policy is implemented, families will choose from the elementary schools in the zone that they live in. Every student will have access to K-8 schools, language pathways, and special education programs, and younger siblings will continue to get priority to attend school with their older siblings. 

To learn more about the district's work to implement a new student assignment policy for elementary schools, please visit www.sfusd.edu/studentassignment

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