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2020-21 School Placements and Redistricting Exemptions

On November 21, 2019, the Board of Education finalized a decision to move more than 5,000 students to new schools for the 2020-2021 school year. Additionally, the Board voted to exempt several student groups from the redistricting decision, allowing them the option of attending the new school or remaining at their current school.

The exemptions apply to the following groups of students:

Current 4th grade students
Current 7th grade students
Current 10th grade students
Current 11th grade students
30/60 credit JumpStart students
Students with an IEP, as of 11/21/2019
Students with a 504, as of 11/21/2019
Students with at least one custodial parent on active military duty

The Board also identified several of these student groups as eligible for bus transportation if choosing to remain at their current school. Parents of students who are eligible for an exemption must make their decision by December 13 by following the instructions below.

View your child(ren)’s school assignment for next year and, if applicable, begin the exemption process, via HCPSS Connect. Be sure to do this for each child as options may be different based on the exemption status.

  • Log in to HCPSS Connect
  • Select the Redistricting 2020 tab in the left menu
  • Select Redistricting 2020

If your child is eligible for an exemption, you will see the option to choose the school they will attend next school year and a transportation option if applicable. Remaining at their current school is optional, so it is important that you decide which school you would like your child to attend for the 2020-2021 school year. Eligible students of parents/guardians who do not complete the exemption process will be moved to the redistricted school next year. This decision must be made by December 13, 2019.

If you believe your child qualifies for an exemption and do not see that option in HCPSS Connect, please contact your child’s current school immediately.

Please contact your child’s school with any additional questions or visit the HCPSS website for more information.

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I hope that the school system is sending this out in paper form to parents and offering an ability to opt in via paper (for those families that may not have easy access to online systems). If anyone has additional information…let me know in the comments.
Scott E

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