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Osceola School District's Out-of-Zone Request Window To Open

The window for Osceola School District parents to request out-of-zone (OOZ) requests for the 2010/2011 school year will begin on March 8, 2010, and will end on April 2, 2010. The procedure for approving out-of-zone requests has changed. All out-of-zone transfer requests for elementary, middle, and high schools will be handled at the district level in the following manner:
For any child who currently attends a school in the district as on out-of-zone student:
In the past, the Osceola School District required that a new out-of-zone application be completed and approved each year. To improve the process and reduce paperwork, a new application is no longer required for students who are returning in good standing. Parents of these students will be receiving a letter in the mail before the end of February which will outline their child's out-of-zone status for the 2010/2011 school year. There is no need to complete a new application.
For new out-of-zone requests:
 
Parents/guardians may pick up out-of-zone transfer forms from the home-zoned school or school their student is currently attending. Forms may also be picked up at the School District Administrative building, located at 817 Bill Beck Boulevard in Kissimmee. This form was revised February 2010 to meet the new procedural changes so old forms with an earlier revision date should not be used.
 
When parents/guardians complete the form, it is important to answer all questions on the form. Incomplete information may result in a processing delay. Completed forms may be hand-carried to the district office, located at 817 Bill Beck Blvd. in Kissimmee, or sent in by mail. Schools will not process, deliver, or forward the completed forms.
 
Once the out-of-zone request is received at the district level, supporting information from the student database, as well as the approved criteria guidelines, will be used to approve or deny the request. School and grade level capacity will also be considered.
 
An approval or denial letter will be sent to the parents/guardians, to the home-zoned school, and to the requested school.
   
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The approval letter will reiterate the principal’s prerogative to revoke the out-of-zone if the student does not comply with the responsibilities of acceptable standards   in the areas of conduct, attendance, and grades as outlined in the out-of-zone agreement. Additionally, the parent/guardian will be directed to contact the school to complete a schedule request for their child.
   
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Parents/guardians are responsible for out-of-zone student transportation.
   
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Parents/guardians will continue to have the right to request an appeal by contacting the Student Services office. Appeal information will be provided in the denial letter.
   
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All out-of-zone requests are on a case-by-case basis, and completing an application does not guarantee approval.
       
All questions regarding out-of-zones may be addressed to Shelly Emanuel in Student Services at 407-870-4870.