JC: ATTENDANCE AREAS

FILE: JC
 
Attendance areas for the various schools of the town will be drawn up by the Superintendent and approved by the School Committee. The primary considerations that govern the establishment of a school attendance area are school capacity and transportation considerations. Generally, students will attend the school in the attendance area in which they live.
 
In establishing an attendance area, the following general guidelines will also be applied:
 
  1. Use of safe walking conditions consistent with the Committee's transportation policies; where possible, major traffic thoroughfares and natural barriers will be used for boundaries.
  2. The Committee encourages walking and bicycling to school and prefers boundaries that maximize these transportation options for students.
From time to time an overcrowded condition in an existing school, the development of new residential areas, or the opening of a new school may require the establishment or change of previously established school attendance areas.
 
The Committee will confer with community representatives prior to setting new attendance lines. However, the Committee's primary basis for judgment must be equality of educational opportunity for all students rather than the personal desires of any one group.
 
The Superintendent is authorized to make exceptions to attendance lines for individual children in the best interests of the student and/or the school.
 
LEGAL REFS.:
M.G.L. 71:37C; 71:37D; 71:37I; 71:37J
Board of Education Regulations Pertaining to Section 8 of Chapter 636 of the
Acts of 1974, Regarding Magnet School Facilities and Magnet Educational Programs, adopted 2/25/75
Board of Education Regulations Pursuant to Chapter 636 of the Acts of 1974, adopted 9/10/74
Board of Education Regulations Pertaining to the Preparation of Racial Balance
Plans which Involve Redistricting, adopted 4/24/73
 
CROSS REF.:

Lexington Public Schools, Lexington MA
Adopted by Lexington School Committee: July 2015
 
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