CHOICE PLAN

The St. Tammany Parish School Board's school choice policy shall be implemented when schools receiving Title I, Part A funds have been identified as failing the subgroup component of Louisiana's School and District Accountability System for two consecutive years.

1 .For schools whose initial identification occurs with the summer preliminary accountability release, the district shall do the following:
a. notify parents of their school choice options not later than the ten days prior to the first day of the school year:

i.  offer more than one choice to eligible students, if more than one school is eligible to receive students; and

ii. explain alternative options to eligible students, if no choice options are currently available.

b. determine the number of eligible schools, applicable transportation, health and safety factors in determining the transfer options:
 

i. give priority to the lowest achieving students from low-income families; and

ii. enroll transferred students in classes and other activities in a similar manner used by non-transferred students.

c. take into account the parents' preferences among the choices offered;

d. notify parents of the final choice determination prior to the first day of the school year;

e. provide remedial supplemental services to eligible students remaining in the school;

f. revise the school's improvement plan to direct remedial supplemental services and resources for eligible students; and

g. submit an annual status report to the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (SBESE) concerning the implementation of the choice policy. 

2. For schools whose initial identification occurs with the fall accountability release, the district shall do the following:
a. notify parents of their school choice options not later than the ten days prior to the first day of the second semester during the current school year

i. offer more than one choice to eligible students, if more than one school is eligible to receive students; and

ii. explain alternative options to eligible students, if no choice options are currently available.

b. determine the number of eligible schools, applicable transportation, health and safety factors in determining the transfer options:
 

i. give priority to the lowest achieving from low-income families; and

ii. enroll transferred students in classes and other activities in a similar manner used by non-transferred students.

c. take into account the parents' preferences among the choices offered;

d. notify parents of the final choice determination prior to the first day of the second semester during the current school year;

e. provide remedial supplemental services to eligible students who remain in the school;

f. revise the school's improvement plan to direct remedial supplemental services and resources for eligible students; and

g. submit an annual status report to the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (SBESE) concerning the implementation of the choice policy.  

3. The district will continue to offer choice to all eligible students until such time as the school is no longer identified for school improvement or corrective actions:
 

a.  Eligible students may remain in the transferred school until completion of the highest grade offered at the school; and

b. Eligible students who remain may receive transportation services to the transferred school until completion of the highest grade offered at the school.

4. The district will continue to offer choice in those schools wrongly identified through the summer preliminary release as in school improvement but shall be released from choice obligations for the following school year. 

Authority Note: P.L. 107-110 (No Child Left Behind Act of 2001), Section 1116(E) Title 28, Education, Part LXXXIII. Bulletin 111. Chapter 25, §2501. §2503. §2505.