Attendance Zones and Assignment Policies

Explanation: Many factors go into determining school attendance zones and assignment policies and they can have a strong effect on active transportation options for students. If schools are located long distances from where students reside, transportation options become limited for both families and student transportation departments. School catchment areas determine whether active transportation is a viable option for a given student. This policy ensures consideration of the walkability and bikeability of a district’s attendance zones and assignment policies.

Option 1: District acknowledges that many factors are used to determine school attendance zones and assignment policies. Whenever District considers revisions to such zones and policies, District shall endeavor to ensure that: (i) the maximum number of students can engage in active transportation, and (ii) zones and policies support racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity. Any such revisions shall include input from your jurisdiction, families, and community members.

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