Parental Choice Information  

For questions regarding Parental Choice or zoning, please call the Instructional Services Department at (850) 926-0065. 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH SCHOOL(S) MY CHILD(REN) ARE ZONED TO ATTEND?
Click to search for your location in the Wakulla County School Boundaries PDF Document.


WHAT IS PARENTAL CHOICE?

Beginning the 2017-2018 school year, each district shall allow a parent from any school district in the state whose child is not subject to a current expulsion or suspension to enroll his or her child in and transport his or her child to any public school, including charter schools, that has not reached capacity in the district, subject to the maximum class size pursuant to s.1003.03 and s.1, Art. IX of the State Constitution.


WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OUT-OF-ZONE, SCHOOL CHOICE and McKAY SCHOLARSHIP?

Out-of-Zone requests under Parental Choice are for parents or legal guardians with documented needs or hardships as listed in Board Policy 5.20

  • Application window is January through March 3, 2017
  • Approvals are subject to capacity restrictions
  • Transportation is not provided by the District

School Choice
requests under Parental Choice are for parents or legal guardians exercising Choice without respect to or limitations upon their reasons. 
  • Application window is January through March 3, 2017
  • Approvals are subject to capacity restrictions
  • Transportation is not provided by the District

McKay Scholarship
requests are for parents or legal guardians of students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan. 
  • Parents or legal guardians must apply online through the state for approval at Floridaschoolchoice.org
  • Once approval is received, parents or legal guardians then can apply online (here) to request a public school transfer
  • Applications are accepted throughout the school year
  • Approvals are not subject to capacity restrictions
  • Transportation is not provided by the District

CURRENT WAKULLA COUNTY SCHOOLS ACCEPTING OUT-OF-ZONE APPLICATIONS.

  • Medart Elementary School
  • Crawfordville Elementary School
  • Riversink Elementary School
  • Shadeville Elementary School
  • Riversprings Middle School
  • Wakulla Middle School


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Click to Access the Out-Of-Zone Application **

WHAT DOCUMENTATION IS REQUIRED FOR A REQUEST TO BE CONSIDERED COMPLETE?
If submitting an Out-of-Zone request due to a move that resulted from military orders:

  • Documentation of military orders

 If submitting an Out-of-Zone request due to a foster care placement:

  • Documentation of foster care placement required


If submitting an Out-of-Zone request due to a court-ordered change in custody:

  • Documentation of court-ordered required

 
If submitting an Out-of-Zone request due to supervision:

  • Work schedule(s) for parent(s), and/or
  • Child care verification on provider's letterhead


If submitting an Out-of-Zone request due to a move into that zone:

  • New construction: a fully executed building contract with estimated completion date
  • Purchase: a fully executed purchasing contract with estimated completion date
  • New lease: a fully executed lease agreement
  • Temporary move: a fully executed contract with estimated completion date


WHAT IS THE DISTRICT'S BOARD POLICY FOR PARENTAL CHOICE: CONTROLLED OPEN ENROLLMENT?

Click here to view Board Policy Board Policy 5.20.


WHAT IS HOUSE BILL 7029?

What are some key points in House Bill 7029?

  • Preferential treatment shall be given to:
    • Dependent children of active duty military personnel whose move resulted from military orders
    • Children who have been relocated due to a foster care placement in a different school zone
    • Children who move due to a court-ordered change in custody due to separation or divorce, or the serious illness or death of a custodial parent
    • Students residing in the District
  • Identify schools which have not reached capacity and post on the District’s website
  • Once approved:
    • students may remain at the school chosen until the highest grade at that level
    • students are permitted to participate in athletics unless they participated in the sport at another school during that year (exceptions are made for students who moved because of military, foster care, or court-ordered change in custody). 
  • The District shall identify schools that have not reached capacity and post on the District website

 
WHAT IS THE DISTRICT"S CONTROLLED OPEN ENROLLMENT PLAN?

Click to View the Enrollment Plan