Attendance areas for the various schools of the city will be drawn up by the Superintendent and approved by the School Committee. The primary considerations that govern the establishment of a school attendance area are school capacity and transportation considerations. Generally, students will attend the school in the attendance area in which they live.
In establishing an attendance area, the following general guidelines will also be applied:
From time to time an overcrowded condition in an existing school, the development of new residential areas, or the opening of a new school may require the establishment or change of previously established school attendance areas.
The Committee will confer with community representatives prior to setting new attendance lines. However, the Committee's primary basis for judgment must be equality of educational opportunity for all students, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, homeless status, or any other protected student category as defined by law.
The Superintendent is authorized to make exceptions to attendance lines for individual children in the best interests of the student and/or the school.
APPROVED/UPDATED: June, 1999; August, 2002; June, 2016
LEGAL REFS.: M.G.L. 71:37C; 71:37D; 71:37I; 71:37J
Board of Education Regulations Pertaining to Section 8 of Chapter 636 of the Acts of 1974, Regarding Magnet School Facilities and Magnet Educational Programs, adopted 2/25/75
Board of Education Regulations Pursuant to Chapter 636 of the Acts of 1974, adopted 9/10/74
CROSS REF: JCA, Assignment of Students to Schools