Proximity-based Student Assignment Plan

Proximity Plan for Elementary Schools

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The School District of Lee County (SDLC) has been working since the Fall of 2020 to develop a new elementary 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.

The implementation of the new elementary 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 elementary enrollment zones and policy. We encourage your engagement!

The current proposal is to implement the Elementary Proximity Plan map starting in the 23-24 school year.

  • Elementary Proximity Plan map will go into effect for incoming Kindergarten students and elementary students new to the district.

  • Rising elementary students (1st through 5th grade) living outside their Proximity Plan map attendance zone:

    • that does not need transportation can remain at their current school and waive District transportation.

    • that needs transportation will need to participate in lottery using new Proximity Plan school choices.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When does the Proximity Plan go into effect and which school levels are impacted?

The Proximity Plan is scheduled to go into effect for the 2023-24 school year for elementary schools only.

Student assignment changes for middle schools are being considered for the 2023-24 school year. There is no consideration for high school changes at this time.

Who is immediately impacted by the new Proximity Plan attendance zones?

The following elementary school student groups are immediately impacted:

  1. Incoming kindergarten students
  2. Elementary students new to the district
  3. Rising elementary students (1st-5th) living outside of their current school’s Proximity attendance zone and needing transportation

Will my child be provided an opportunity to remain (grandfathered) at their current school if it is outside of the new Proximity Plan attendance zones?

All rising elementary students are provided the option to continue to attend their current school. Transportation will not be provided unless the current school is within new Proximity boundaries.

If my child is grandfathered, would their younger sibling/s be able to receive a sibling preference to the school?

Younger siblings will be able to receive a sibling preference to the school. Transportation will not be provided unless the current school is within new Proximity boundaries.

How will open enrollment for elementary schools be implemented?

Open enrollment for elementary schools will run in February-March with two consecutive windows.

Window 1: For all rising elementary students living outside of their current school’s Proximity zone. Students in this window will either select to stay and waive district transportation or enter their new Proximity attendance zone with associated choices.

Window 2: Proximity lottery for all incoming kindergarten students, elementary students new to the district, rising elementary students (1st-5th) living outside of their current school’s Proximity attendance zone and needing transportation. Finalized dates for the two windows are forthcoming.

What information on the student assignment plan is available online?

The proposed Proximity Plan map, School Board presentations, interactive web app, and implementation timeline are online on the Elementary School Proximity Plan web page.

Proximity Policy Timeline: 2023-2024 SY Start Date

February 7, 2023

Board Action Meeting for Approval

  • Opportunity for public input

February 2023

Elementary Student Open Enrollment

March 2023

Assign Students to Schools and Conduct Lottery

  • Inform families of school placement based on the lottery

August 2023

First Day of School

  • New Boundaries and Policies in Place