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Welcome More than a few parents at Pasco County's Seven Oaks Elementary were steamed this week when they were told their kids couldn't start school as planned. The school had a policy, unknown to most parents, that if you register one day, the children wouldn't been assigned to a classroom until the next. "It gives the teachers a chance to prepare," principal B.J. Smith explained.

The policy, it turns out, wasn't well known at district HQ, either. And it wasn't well received there.

After hearing that parents were leaving the school with their children registered but not allowed in, superintendent Heather Fiorentino had her assistant superintendent for elementary schools call a halt to the procedure.

"I shared that we need to register and place students on the day they're coming in," assistant superintendent Ruth Reilly told the Gradebook. "In the high-growth schools, they probably do have kids coming in every day. We try to accommodate the families wherever possible."

She said Seven Oaks will, too, as will any other schools following the same practice (though Reilly said she wasn't aware of any).

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:21am]


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