Proximity-based Student Assignment Plan

Bringing Communities and Schools Closer Together

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The School District of Lee County (SDLC) has been working since the Fall of 2020 to develop a new student assignment system. Throughout the process, the SDLC has been committed to better addressing system issues (student distribution, transportation, etc.) for the benefit of our students, families, and community.

In the Winter of 2021, SDLC held Community Forums in all three Enrollment Zones in the district. Community members were given the opportunity to review and provide feedback on drafts of new enrollment zones developed by an expert demographics consultant, Davis Demographics, in conjunction with a stakeholder group made up of educators, government officials, and business leaders.

The District will resume their community meetings with a Town Hall in Each Zone in August and September of 2022. These meetings will focus on gathering feedback from families to help in the District’s development of a new enrollment policy that will accompany the use of new maps. The list of upcoming meetings is below.

The implementation of the new assignment is currently planned for the 2023-24 School Year. Feedback from our families and community members is crucial as we move forward with the District’s new enrollment zones and policy. We encourage your engagement!

Enrollment Options to Consider

  • Elementary and Middle School students assigned to a school based upon residential address.
  • Parents may choose to enter lottery to attend another school in-zone. 
  • Transportation provided to assigned school for students outside of 2 mile walk zone.
  • Some students may be grandfathered.

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Proximity Policy Timeline: 2023-2024 SY Start Date

August to September 2022

Gather Input

  • Engage focus group
  • Present to community groups
  • Present to School Advisory Councils
  • Present to Board Advisory Councils
  • Conduct zone meetings

November 1, 2022

Present Draft Plan to Board

  • Gather feedback
  • Obtain direction
  • Provide opportunity for public comment

December 6, 2022

Present Official Plan (First Reading)

  • Review policy changes
  • Provide opportunity for public comment

January 2023 (Exact Date TBA)

Present Official Plan (Second Reading) 

  • Provide opportunity for public input
  • Make final policy decisions

January 2023 (Exact Date TBA)

Obtain Board Approval

January to February 2023

Conduct Open Enrollment

  • For students who wish to choose a different school

March 2023

Assign Students to Schools

  • Inform families of school placement based on address

March 2023

Conduct Lottery

  • For students that choose a different school

August 2023

First Day of School

  • New Boundaries and Policies in Place