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Student Assignment Plan Information: 2017-2018

Student Assignment Plan

Purpose, Mission and Vision of the Student Assignment Plan

Purpose

The purpose of the Student Assignment Plan (SAP) is to provide a framework by which students are able to access schools throughout the district. Its aim is to create a more efficient and simple plan for assigning students to schools, transporting students and building upon diverse learning environments through a voluntary school selection process. Through the SAP, the Omaha Public Schools strives to serve all students equitably through rigorous and high achieving schools.

OPS Strategic Plan and the Student Assignment Plan

In the fall of 2013, the Omaha Public Schools’ Board of Education (BOE) adopted a Strategic Plan to improve student achievement. One of its Guiding Principles, along with its objectives and strategies, required the school district to ensure the following:

* Principle 4 Equitable and Efficient Systems and Resources

* Objective 4.4 Redesign school choice policies and processes to ensure clarity, efficiency and quality

* Strategy 4.4.1 Convene the school choice committee that works with the community and government to develop and implement a revised and BOE approved Student Assignment Plan

Mission

The Omaha Public Schools strives to provide all students with a rigorous education in equitable facilities, access to specialty programs, and options to other schools.

Vision & Beliefs

Student Assignment Plan

* The plan will guarantee that every student will have access to his/her neighborhood school, regardless of capacity

* The plan will be simple and easy to explain to parents, staff and students

* The plan will ensure that the transportation guidelines supports the vision of the SAP, while being as efficient as possible

School Selection Process

* The plan will provide each student with non-neighborhood options he/she may apply to attend, including the school district’s Wilson Focus School, and magnet schools.

* The plan will encourage school selection based upon a student’s academic interests

* The plan will provide options for students to receive their education in an environment with a diverse student body

* The plan will ensure that clear and robust information regarding school selection will be communicated to all families in a variety of formats.

Below is a description of the changes to the Elementary and Middle School Plan for the 2017-18 school year and the current High School Plan.

Elementary School Partner Zone Framework

 

Neighborhood School

A student’s neighborhood elementary school is determined by their residential address.  Please refer to the Find Your School application or contact the Student Placement Office at (531) 299-0302 to determine a student’s neighborhood school. The SAP Partner Plan, by default, assigns and guarantees enrollment of an elementary student to his/her neighborhood school.  Any student who resides >1.0-mile walking distance from his/her neighborhood school is eligible for transportation dependent on the school placement and transportation routing timeline.  Distances can only be determined by the OPS Student Transportation Department.

 

Non-Neighborhood School

While enrollment at the neighborhood school is guaranteed, approval for placement in a non-neighborhood school is based on space available at the requested grade and the placement criteria during the application process (see page 9). Students may apply to attend any non-neighborhood elementary school.

A student is only eligible for district-provided transportation to non-neighborhood schools within the elementary school partner zone in which the he/she resides and resides >1.0-mile walking distance from the school. The elementary partner zones are a collection of seven to nine elementary schools in diverse areas across the school district.  Transportation to elementary partner zone schools is also subject to the school placement and transportation routing timeline and the time of year a student applies to change schools.

 

Wilson Focus School:

Any resident or non-resident student in the metro area can still apply to attend Wilson Focus School.  Students may apply to Wilson starting in the third grade and a resident student is eligible for transportation if he/she resides >1.0-mile from the school and dependent upon the school placement and transportation routing timeline.  Transportation through the Focus pathway to Lewis & Clark and Burke are dependent on the SAP framework at those grade levels. Third grade applications are available at Wilson and are processed via a lottery by March 15 of each year.  For more information, call the school at (402) 733-1785.


ELEMENTARY PARTNER ZONES (ELEMENTARY PARTNER ZONE MAP)

 Elementary Partner Zone 1
Elementary Partner Zone 2   Elementary Partner Zone 3  Elementary Partner Zone 4
 Belvedere (PK-5)  Boyd (PK-5)^  Benson West (K-5)^
 Adams (K-5)^
 Florence (K-5)^  Lothrop (PK-4)  Central Park (PK-5)
 Druid Hill (PK-5)
 Fullerton (PK-4**)^  Miller Park (PK-5)  Dodge (PK-5)^  Fontenelle (PK-5)^
 Masters (K-5)^  Minne Lusa (PK-5)  Hartman (PK-5)  King (PK-5)
 Prairie Wind (K-5)^  Pinewood (PK-5)^  Mount View (PK-5)  Picotte (PK-4**)^
 Saddlebrook (PK-5/PK**)^  Ponca (K-5)^  Rose Hill (K-5)^  Skinner (PK-5)
 Wakonda (PK-5)  Sherman (PK-5)
 Western Hills (K-6)^
 Standing Bear ((PK-4**)^
   Springville (K-5)^    Sunny Slope (PK-5)^
 
 Elementary Partner Zone 5  Elementary Partner Zone 6  Elementary Partner Zone 7  Elementary Partner Zone 8
 Belle Ryan (PK-6)^  Conestoga (PK-6)^
 Ashland Park/Robbins (PK-6)^  Bancroft (PK-6)^
 Catlin (PK-6)^  Edison (PK-6)^  Beals (PK-6)^
 Castelar (PK-5)^
 Dundee (K-6)^  Franklin (PK-6)  Crestridge (K-6)^  Chandler View (PK-6)^
 Field Club (PK-5)  Harrison (PK-6**)^
 Gateway (PK-6)  Columbian (PK-6)^
 Jackson (PK-6)  Joslyn (PK-6)^  Highland (PK-6)
 Gilder (K-6)
 Liberty (PK-6)  Kellom (PK-6)^
 Indian Hill (K-6)^  Gomez Heritage (PK-4)^
 Walnut Hill (PK-6)  Kennedy (PK-5)
 Jefferson (K-6)^  Pawnee (PK-6)^
 Washington (PK-6)^    Oak Valley (PK-6)^
 Spring Lake (PK-4)^

**Parent paid PK through the Omaha Schools Foundation

^Omaha Schools Foundation Kids Club before and after-school program locations


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Middle School Partner Zone Framework

 

Neighborhood School

A student’s neighborhood elementary school is determined by their residential address. Please refer to the Find Your School application or contact the Student Placement Office at (531) 299-0302 to determine a student’s neighborhood school.The SAP Partner Plan, by default, assigns and guarantees enrollment of a middle school student to his/her neighborhood school.  Any student who resides >1.5-miles walking distance from his/her neighborhood school is eligible for transportation dependent on the school placement and transportation routing timeline (see page 8).

 

Non-Neighborhood School

While enrollment at the neighborhood school is guaranteed, approval for placement in a non-neighborhood school is based on space available at the requested grade and the placement criteria during the application process. Students may apply to attend any non-neighborhood middle school. A student is eligible for district-provided transportation to non-neighborhood schools within the partner zone in which he/she resides.  Students must reside >1.5-miles from a partner zone school, or the District magnet – King Science & Technology Center – to be eligible for transportation.

 

The middle school partner zones are a collection of three to four middle schools in diverse areas across the school district.  Transportation to middle school partner zone schools is also subject to the school placement and transportation routing timeline (see page 8) and the time of year a student selects or changes schools.


MIDDLE SCHOOL PARTNER ZONES  (MIDDLE SCHOOL PARTNER ZONE MAP)

Middle School Partner Zone 1  Middle School Partner Zone 2   Middle School Partner Zone 3 Middle School Partner Zone 4 
 Davis (6-8)  Alice Buffett (5-8)  Beveridge^ (7-8)  Beveridge^ (7-8)
 Hale (6-8)  King Science* (5-8)  King Science* (5-8)  Bryan (7-8)
 King Science* (5-8)  Monroe (6-8)  Lewis & Clark (6-8)  King Science* (5-8)
 McMillan (6-8)  Morton (6-8)  Norris (6-8)  Marrs (5-8)

*King Science & Technology Center (KSC) is a District magnet school and is, therefore, a partner school in each zone; however, students who live in the KSC neighborhood are in partner zone 2 and are only eligible for transportation to schools in that zone.

 ^Beveridge is a shared partner zone school for zones 3 and 4; however, students who live in the Beveridge neighborhood are in partner zone 3 and are only eligible for transportation to schools in that zone.

High School Assignment Plan Framework

 

Neighborhood School

A student’s neighborhood school is determined by his/her residential address.  Please refer to the Find Your School application or contact the Student Placement Office at (531) 299-0302 to determine a student’s neighborhood school. The Student Assignment Plan, by default, assigns and guarantees enrollment of a high school student to his/her neighborhood school.

 

Any student attending his/her neighborhood school at the four magnet high schools – Benson, North, Northwest and South – is eligible for transportation if he/she resides >3.0-miles walking distance from the school.

 

Any student attending his/her neighborhood school of Northwest and resides in the shared Burke/Northwest attendance area is eligible for transportation.

 

Any student attending his/her neighborhood school of Bryan, Burke and Central is not eligible for transportation.

 

Non-Neighborhood School

Students may request placement in any non-neighborhood high school in the school district.  While enrollment at the neighborhood school is guaranteed, approval in a non-neighborhood school is based on space available at the requested grade and the selection criteria during the application process.

 

Any student attending a non-neighborhood school is eligible for transportation to that school if he/she resides >1.0-mile from the school and meets the integrative criteria during the application process.

 

Transportation to a non-neighborhood school is also subject to the school placement and transportation routing timeline and the time of year a student selects or changes schools.

High School Transportation Eligibility

HIGH SCHOOL
NEIGHBORHOOD
STUDENTS
 
NON-NEIGHBORHOOD STUDENTS (DURING SCHOOL SELECTION)   NON-NEIGHBORHOOD STUDENTS (AFTER SCHOOL SELECTION)
 Benson Magnet  > 3.0 MILES ANY STUDENT LIVING > 1.0 MILES  ONLY STUDENTS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR F/R LUNCH > 1.0 MILES 
 Bryan  NOT PROVIDED ONLY STUDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR F/R LUNCH LIVING > 1.0 MILES  ONLY STUDENT ELIGIBLE FOR F/R LUNCH LIVING > 1.0 MILES 
 Burke  NOT PROVIDED ONLY STUDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR F/R LUNCH LIVING > 1.0 MILES  ONLY STUDENT ELIGIBLE FOR F/R LUNCH LIVING > 1.0 MILES 
 Central  NOT PROVIDED ANY STUDENT LIVING > 1.0 MILES  ONLY STUDENTS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR F/R LUNCH > 1.0 MILES 
 North Magnet  > 3.0 MILES ANY STUDENT LIVING > 1.0 MILES  ONLY STUDENTS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR F/R LUNCH > 1.0 MILES 
 Northwest Magnet  > 3.0 MILES ONLY STUDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR F/R LUNCH LIVING > 1.0 MILES  ONLY STUDENT ELIGIBLE FOR F/R LUNCH LIVING > 1.0 MILES 
 South Magnet  > 3.0 MILES ANY STUDENT LIVING > 1.0 MILES  ONLY STUDENTS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR F/R LUNCH > 1.0 MILES 

ONLY STUDENT ELIGIBLE FOR F/R LUNCH LIVING > 1.0 MILES 

School Placement and Transportation Timeline

The following timeline applies to all students who are eligible for district-provided transportation under the Student Assignment Plan framework for their grade level.


School Placement Process

January – School Selection Applications

The school selection process begins in January.  Any student at the final grade in his/her building (transition grade) will receive a school selection form for the following school year and may apply to attend non-neighborhood schools.  Students in non-transition grades can also use the school selection process to apply to another school for the following year.  A student can select three option schools to apply to and should mark if he/she has a sibling that is currently enrolled and will continue to be enrolled at his/her school the following year.  Space in all buildings is limited and applications will only be approved where there is space available.  A sibling is defined as a child residing in the same household on a permanent basis who have the same parent/guardian or who are stepbrother or stepsister to each other.

 

February – School Selection Processing

All school selection applications received by the deadline, are processed in a lottery using the placement criteria outlined on page 9.  The school district uses staffing projections, student enrollment projections and facility space available to determine the number of open seats available at each school and each grade.  The District aims to staff efficiently and in many instances, there is no additional space for a student who would like to attend outside his/her neighborhood.  However, regardless of projected space, a neighborhood student is guaranteed placement if he/she requests their neighborhood school.

 

All applications are processed using an app built into the school district’s student information system, Infinite Campus.  For each grade, all first option applications are processed and students are approved if there is existing space or if space has opened because of another student’s move.  Once all possible movements have been made at each grade level, first option selection is closed and the process is repeated for second and third option schools.  The District attempts to place as many students in their first option school as possible, but because second and third option movement can open a seat at some locations, a second or third option student could get in over a first option student.

 

                Placement Criteria – Elementary and Middle School

                The placement criteria described below is for elementary and middle schools and seeks to prioritize students living in the school’s neighborhood, siblings of currently enrolled students who will be enrolled the following year, providing transportation within the partner zone and allowing for diverse choices via a socioeconomic split line.  This “line” splits schools into two groups based on socioeconomic data like census poverty rates, median household income, and school free/ reduced lunch participation rates.

 

1.     Neighborhood school – placement is guaranteed.

2.     Students who have a sibling currently enrolled at the requested school and will continue to be enrolled for the next school year.  First, siblings residing with the partner zone and second, siblings residing outside the partner zone (not eligible for transportation).

3.     Students residing in the partner zone – OPS remains committed to diversity in our schools.  Applications are prioritized within the partner zone between schools with significantly different neighborhood characteristics.

4.     Students residing outside the partner zone (not eligible for transportation) – applications are prioritized for any remaining space between schools with significantly different neighborhood characteristics.

 

Placement Criteria – High Schools

The placement criteria at the high school level is tied to a student’s self-reported lunch eligibility on the school selection application.

 

1.     Neighborhood student – placement is guaranteed

2.     Sibling – integrative to application school

3.     Sibling – not integrative to application school

4.     Sibling – no lunch eligibility reported

5.     Integrative to application school

6.     Not integrative to application school

7.     No lunch eligibility reported

  

March – School Selection Notification

A student in a transition grade and those who submitted a school selection application are notified of his/her school selection results through U.S. mail.

 

April 15 – Student Transfer Requests (STRs)

For students who did not go through school selection or whose circumstances have changed, the student transfer request process opens for school enrollment changes for the following year.  These requests are processed as they are submitted and approval is subject to available space at each building and grade level.  Students whose requests are granted before June 15 and are eligible for transportation under the student assignment plan framework will be included in the transportation routing process.

 

May – Student Transfer Requests Continue

Student transfer requests continue to be processed.

  

June 15 – Student Transfer Requests and Transportation Routing Deadline

Elementary and middle school students – all enrollment and address changes for the following school year made prior to June 15 will be included in the transportation routing process.  Stops may continue to be added for a student who enrolls at a school within his/her partner zone or change addresses after this date if there is a bus (with space) and a stop available on that route within the appropriate distance to the student’s home.  Stop additions will not be made when it will extend the ride time beyond one-hour.

 

High school students – all enrollment and address changes for the following school year made prior to June 15 will be included in the transportation routing process.  Students who make school or address changes after this date for the following year will only be eligible for transportation if there is a bus (with space) and a stop available on that route within the appropriate distance to the student’s home.

 

July – Student Transfer Requests Limited Transportation Eligibility

Student transfer requests continue to be processed but transportation eligibility is limited to already established stops.

 

August – December – Student Transfer Requests and Enrollment Fair

The annual OPS Enrollment Fair occurs the week prior to the first week of school and continues through the first week of school.  The fair is designed to 1) assist students who are new to the school district and have not enrolled at a school and 2) assist current students who have experienced a change in residence.  The enrollment fair takes place at Teacher Administrative Center (3215 Cuming St.). 

 

The Omaha Public Schools strives to protect the academic integrity of coursework once a semester has begun.  Research shows that students, who change schools while a term is in session, run the risk of substantial academic problems.  Once a term is in session, student movement between schools will be restricted.  The approval of a STR is subject to:

 

  • space availability at the requested school
  • the student’s academic achievement
  • the student’s conduct, and
  • the time of the year when the STR is submitted

District Student Transportation Guidelines

 

Transportation Guidelines

The provision of transportation is a service offered to students – not a right.  Misconduct may lead to the removal of this service at the discretion of school authorities.  Student behavior expectations are outlined in the Student Code of Conduct located in the school’s Student Handbook.

 

The student assignment plan framework at each grade level determines general education transportation eligibility.

 

After-school transportation is provided by OPS for students who qualify for transportation to and from school.  After-school transportation is requested in advance by the school with the after-school activity.  Pick-up/drop-off points are designated bus stops as determined by the OPS Transportation Department and may not be the student’s normally scheduled bus stop.

 

Transportation Distance/Walk Zones

A student is only eligible for district-provided transportation if he/she is eligible under the Student Assignment Plan framework and lives outside of the walk zone for that school.  The walk zone for each school is determined by the shortest walk distance from the designated location at each school to the student’s residential address.  Distances can only be determined by the OPS Transportation Department.  A student is considered eligible if he/she resides:

  •  >1.0-mile from an elementary school
  • >1.5-miles from a middle school
  • >3.0-miles if attending the neighborhood high school of Benson, North, Northwest and South
  • >1.0-mile if attending a non-neighborhood high school

Bus Stop Placement

A student who is eligible for district-provided transportation will be assigned a corner bus stop based on his/her school’s grade level:

  • .16-mile or less for an elementary school
  • .32-mile or less for a middle school
  • .48-mile or less for a high school

 Note: .08-mile is approximately one city block.

 

Bus stops must be within these distance thresholds when adding a student to a route after the June 15 transportation routing deadline.

 

General education pick-up and drop-off stop locations must be the same for a.m. and p.m.

 

Daycare Transportation

A student in elementary and middle school must be eligible for transportation from his/her primary residence under the Student Assignment Plan framework to request daycare transportation.  A student is eligible if his/her residence, daycare and enrollment school are within the same partner zone and if:

  • both addresses are >1.0-mile from the enrollment school for elementary students, and
  • both addresses are >1.5-miles from the enrollment school for middle school students.

The following additional guidelines must be met:

  • Pick-up and drop-off stop locations must be the same for a.m. and p.m.
  • The request must be submitted to the OPS Student Placement Office for review.  Requests made prior to June 15 have a much higher likelihood of being accommodated due to the transportation routing deadline.  The approval of each request is not guaranteed and will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Upon approval, the student will receive a letter of confirmation with specific bus and schedule information.

Alternative Schools and Programs

Alternative Schools and Programs

Alternative schools and programs are not covered by the student placement and transportation guidelines outlined in the student assignment plan framework.  For special education students placed in the schools or programs listed below, transportation is determined by their Individual Education Plan (IEP), and if eligible, is provided by the school district.

  •  Integrated Learning Program (ILP) at Saratoga (K-12)
  • J.P. Lord (K-12)
  • Transition Program (multiple locations)

For students attending the alternative high school programs listed below, transportation is not provided by the school district unless specified by a student’s IEP.

  • Accelere’ (9-12)
  • Gateway to College (9-12)
  • Independent Study Center (9-12)
  • Secondary Success Program (6-8 or 7-8)
  • UNO Middle College Program (9-12)
  • Blackburn (9-12)

For students attending the alternative high school programs listed below, transportation is provided by the school district as described.

  • Parrish Expelled (6-12 or 7-12) – Students are transported to and from designated bus stop locations that are determined by school administration each year.
  • Teen Literacy Center (9-12) – Students must live >2.0-miles from the school at 3215 Cuming Street.  Transportation to the Teen Literacy Center is also subject to the school placement and transportation routing deadline and the time of year a student selects or changes schools.

Special Education Student Assignment

The Omaha Public Schools offers a variety of high-quality services to students with disabilities from birth through the school year in which the student turns 21.  Parents and families work with school staff to develop and Individual Education Plan (IEP) or an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) that addresses the needs of the student.  Special Education programs and services are available at each building in the school district.  Some programs are available at selected sites and we bring students to a particular location for specialized, intensive, remedial instruction.  As a part of the student assignment plan, students who participate in special education have the same school options as all other students, unless they require a self-contained education program or specific treatment that is only offered at designated schools.  The location of self-contained classrooms is spread throughout the school district and exists in most partner zones.  The Special Education Department attempts to place students in their neighborhood school where possible and within their partner zone where it is not.  Transportation for special education students is determined by their IEP and if eligible, provided by the school district.  For more information on special education services, please contact the Special Education Department at (531) 299-0244.


ESL Student Assignment

 

The Omaha Public Schools serves students from diverse backgrounds that speak more than 114 different languages.  The school district provides English as a Second Language (ESL) to students who speak a language other than English to assist in the transition into mainstream classes.  As a part of the student assignment plan, students that require ESL instruction have the same school options as all other students, unless they have had limited or interrupted formal schooling in the native country, and must attend the Teen Literacy Center (TLC).  All regular elementary, middle and high schools in OPS provide ESL services.  The student placement and transportation guidelines of the assignment plan apply to all students receiving ESL services at a regular school building.  Any student, who attends the TCL program at the Teacher Administrative Center, is eligible for transportation if he/she lives more than 2.0-miles from the school.  Transportation to the Teen Literacy Center is also subject to the school placement and transportation routing timeline and the time of year a student selects or changes schools.  For more information on English as a Second Language services, please contact the ESL Department at (531) 299-0259.

 

Nebraska Option Enrollment and Learning Community Open Enrollment

For rules and regulations regarding Open and Option Enrollment please contact the Student Placement Office at (531) 299-0302 and see the Nebraska Department of Education’s Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.education.ne.gov/fos/OrgServices/EnrollmentOption/Downloads/FAQ_Aug2016.pdf