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After rezoning, no guarantees for siblings of grandfathered Pasco County students



Some families challenged the Pasco County School Board's recent revision of attendance boundaries, set to take effect in the fall.

Others simply had questions.

And one key query among parents focused on what they could expect for younger siblings of children allowed to stay in the schools they were zoned out of. Put another way, if a family has a child in ninth and eleventh grade at Wiregrass Ranch High this year, would they both get to stay at Wiregrass Ranch next year?

The answer is, not necessarily. 

The district has said that all rising seniors will get to finish their high school careers where they started, regardless of new boundaries. It has made no such arrangement for students in any other grade levels.

"The siblings of seniors can apply for school choice," district spokeswoman Linda Cobbe said. "Sibling status will be reviewed."

Decisions depend upon available space. As the district's school choice FAQ page explains, "Placement of siblings within the same school is facilitated whenever feasible provided the appropriate educational services are available for each sibling and placement does not impact class size."

Applications will become available online on Feb. 1, with a deadline of March 1. More details here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 2:43pm]


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