Fall 2021 Boundary Process: Abingdon-Drew

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Status Update

  • November 3 – Superintendent Durán Recommends Pausing the Abingdon to Drew Boundary Changes
  • October 20 – Virtual Community Meeting (SPANISH Only,No English)
  • October 19- Virtual Community Meeting
    • Recording | Presentation (See Oct. 16 presentation- same presentation)
  • October 16- Virtual Community Meeting
  • October 15-

NOTE:

      • If unable to complete the intent form online through the email link that was sent, other ways to complete include:
        • Download or obtain a paper copy of the form from the Bilingual Family Liaison or Abingdon main office and then return completed form back to the Abingdon main office OR
        • Send completed form OR photo of the completed form via email to apsboundaries@apsva.us 
        • If you need assistance completing this form, please email apsboundaries@apsva.us or contact the Abingdon main office and ask to speak with the bilingual family liaison. 

Context

Abingdon Enrollment

2017 ​
  • June – Options & Transfer policy revision removed neighborhood preference for options schools, Abingdon students no longer guaranteed admission to Claremont Immersion​
  • Sept. – Abingdon expansion add 136 more seats, expands building capacity to 725, school opens with 662 students (91% capacity utilization)​
2018​​
  • Sept. – Abingdon opened with 685 students, 94% capacity utilization​
  • Fall – Elementary Boundary Process proposed moving some planning units from Abingdon to Dr. Charles R. Drew​
  • Abingdon families expressed desire to wait, see if other options would become available; ​
  • One planning unit assigned out of Abingdon to Drew​
2019​
  • Sept. – New boundaries took effect, Abingdon opened with 751 students, 104% capacity utilization​
2020​
  • Sept. – Abingdon opened with 727 students, 100% capacity utilization​
2021​
  • Spring – Targeted transfer pilot from Abingdon to Drew offered – 7 students moved​
  • Aug. – Abingdon enrollment 688 students, 95% capacity utilization, 98% with 19 VLP students​

Dr. Charles R. Drew Enrollment

2017 ​
  • Sept. – Drew Model School opens with 697 students, building capacity 674 students, 103% capacity utilization​
2018​
  • Sept. – Drew Model School opened with 679 students, 101% capacity utilization​
2019​
  • Summer – Montessori moved out of Drew and into the Henry building, ​
  • Sept. –​ New boundaries took effect – 9 planning units assigned to Drew (6 from Henry and 3 from Hoffman-Boston)​
  • Dr. Charles R. Drew opened with 442 students, 66% capacity utilization​
2020​
  • Sept. – Dr. Charles R. Drew opened with 428 students, 64% capacity utilization​
2021​
  • Aug. – Dr. Charles R. Drew enrollment 433 students, 64% capacity utilization, 67% with 18 VLP students​

 

Abingdon-Drew 9.30.21

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Abingdon to Dr. Charles R. Drew Boundary Adjustment Proposal

Objective: Move some planning units from Abingdon to Dr. Charles R. Drew to provide enrollment relief to Abingdon and utilize the available capacity at Dr. Charles R. Drew

Boundary Proposal Map- Abingdon to Dr. Charles R. Drew- Oct. 14, 2021

Proposal: 

    • Reassign 7 Planning Units  (36060, 36061, 36090, 37070, 37100, 37101, 37102) from Abingdon to Dr. Charles R. Drew (effective 2022-23)
    • Includes most planning units in the “Getting Started” scenario from the 2018 boundary process​
    • Does not turn any walkers into bus riders
    • Communities Impacted: ● Columbia Forest ● Shirlington ● Douglas Park
    • Applies to current pre-K – Gr. 3 students and all new students beginning in 2022-23
    • Current Gr. 4 students in affected planning units will have option to remain at Abingdon for Gr. 5 in 2022-23 through a grandfathering provision.

Grandfathering

Siblings

  • APS is collecting information from families to determine if siblings of current 4th graders can be offered the option to remain at Abingdon for 2022-23.
  • Note that siblings would need to attend Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School at the start of the 2023-24 school year.

Transportation

  • APS transportation will be provided via hub stops to students who are eligible for grandfathering and choose to remain at Abingdon for the 2022-23 school year.

Impact of boundary proposal on future processes

  • Dr. Charles R. Drew is not filled to its capacity, the school may be able to accept additional student if needed in future boundary processes

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Summary of Student Data

  • The data tables show currently enrolled (Sept. 30, 2021) PreK to Gr. 3 students who reside in a planning unit (36060, 36061, 36090, 37070, 37100, 37101, 37102) proposed for reassignment from Abingdon to Dr. Charles R. Drew
    • No students reside in PU 36090
    • Excludes students in PU attending option schools, other elementary schools
  • The boundary proposal applies to all current pre-K to Gr. 3 students
  • Current Gr. 4 Abingdon students in affected planning units will have option to remain at Abingdon for 5th grade or may attend Dr. Charles R. Drew (newly assigned neighborhood school) beginning in 2022-23

Abingdon PU -Table 1- Race

Abingdon PU- Table 2- EL

Data sheet will be posted on Wednesday, October 20

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Policy Considerations in Boundary Proposal

Policy Considerations in Boundary Proposal​ Proposal​
Alignment – Reassigned planning units or clusters of planning units that had:​

  • 24 or more students, or​
  • if less than 24 students, when they were in closer proximity or aligned with middle/high school cohorts​
✓ reassigns 65 students​
Stability ​

  • Not moving Planning Units that were reassigned while current students were enrolled in that school level​
✓ students not impacted by 2018 boundary process​
Demographics ​

  • Moving F/RL rate for schools towards the countywide average ​
TBD​
Proximity & Efficiency​

  • Providing enrollment relief to schools when enrollment currently exceeds capacity and/or enrollment was at or exceeded capacity for the prior two school years, and ​
  • a nearby school has capacity to accommodate additional students​
✓ provides relief to Abingdon using available capacity at Drew​
Contiguity​

  • Maintaining attendance zones that are contiguous ​
  • The school is located within its boundary​
✓ attendance zone contiguous and school located in its boundary​

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Boundary Process Timeline

Sept. 30​ APS announce boundary process through multiple communication channels​
Oct. 14​ School Board Meeting –  Announcement and boundary proposal posted on Engage​
Oct. 15-31 ​ Community Engagement – series of opportunities for families to learn more about the proposed boundary adjustments and engage in a Q&A with APS staff    ​
Nov. 3​ School Board Work Session – Boundary Adjustments for the 2022-23 School Year​Staff will update the proposal to address grandfathering of siblings, update information that has changed​
Nov. 16 ​ School Board hears the Superintendent’s Proposal for Boundary Adjustments for the 2022-23 School Year ​
Nov. 30 ​ School Board holds a Public Hearing on the Proposed Boundary Adjustments for the 2022-23 School Year ​
Dec. 2 ​ School Board votes on Boundary Adjustments for the 2022-23 School Year ​

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Community Engagement

Public Participation Goal – Consult*

  • Obtain feedback on analysis, alternatives and/or decision​

Support Transitions​

  • Staff will connect with families whose students will be reassigned to a different school in the proposals to ensure they understand the proposed changes and respond to have questions and concerns they have.
  • Work with affected families to support them in transitions

*Source: sustainingcommunity.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/spectrum-of-public-participation

Virtual Community Meeting – Short presentation of proposal followed by Q&A

  • The same information will be presented at each session​
  • Simultaneous interpretation available in Spanish, Arabic, Amharic, and Mongolian​
  • English not available at the Spanish Only sessions​
  • Meetings will be recorded and posted on the Fall 2021 Boundary Process Engage page
Date Time
Sat., Oct 16 11:45-12:30 pm
Tue., Oct 19 12:45-1:30 pm
Wed., Oct 20 7:45-8:30 pm (Spanish Only)
Thu., Oct 21 7:45-8:30 pm

Virtual Open Office Hours – Q&A session only

  • Simultaneous interpretation will be available in Spanish​
  • Meetings will be recorded and posted on the Fall 2021 Boundary Process Engage page
Date ​ Time ​
Tue., Oct 26​ 7:30-8:00 pm ​
Thu., Oct 28 ​ 12:30-1:00 pm ​

Outreach

  • The community engagement schedule and links to the virtual community meetings and open office hours was communicated to families through multiple channels beginning on Sept. 30.​
  • Families will be notified of the proposal on Oct. 15  and those in affected planning units who would be impacted in school year 2022-23 will receive additional communication​
  • In addition, P&E will be working collaboratively with Bilingual Family Liaisons to conduct targeted outreach to the families in affected planning units