I spoke with the Director of the EPC today and here’s what he told me. Due to the increased number of Round I kindergarten applicants (300 more than last year), nearly all schools filled up in Round I, and most applicants registered for their spots. Therefore, there wasn’t a lot of movement or new assignments in Round II.
If you know you are not going to attend a public school, please release your spot as soon as possible. Send a letter to the EPC and the school site requesting to withdraw your child.
Here is some additional information about the letters and next steps:
• There were several Round II assignment letters, depending on your situation in Round I and Round II:
o Letter 1: you got your wait pool school. Register by May 9.
o Letter 2: you accepted your Round I assignment, but you didn’t get any of your waitpool or amended choices in Round II. Your child is still enrolled at the school you registered in, and you remain in the wait pool you requested.
o Letter 3: you did not register at your Round I assigned school, and you didn’t get your wait pool school or any of your amended choices in Round II. Your child is unassigned, and you remain in the wait pool you requested.
o Letter 4: you received one of your Round II amended choices, but did not receive your wait pool choice. Register by May 9. You remain in the wait pool you requested.
• Regardless of your letter the process is the same:
o If you were assigned a school (Amended or Wait Pool) you should register at that school by Friday, May 9, or you will lose your spot.
o If you did not receive your wait pool school, your name remains in the wait pool you requested, and it will not be removed unless you inform the EPC.
o You can change your wait pool choice at any time.
o Your Round I priority cohort remains the same throughout all runs regardless if you received a new assignment (e.g. amended choice) or not.
o Your amended school choices will not be run again.
• New wait pool data reflecting the number of applicants in the wait pools after this current assignment round is available. Go to www.ppssf.org or www.sfusd.edu.
• The next wait pool run is on May 23. Submit any wait pool changes before then. Additional wait pool runs occur regularly through September.
• Open Enrollment begins on May 27 – any school that has an opening (and no wait pool) at that time is up for grabs (first come; first serve).
• Hardship and Medical appeals have been considered and are only considered once. If your appeal was denied, there is no further appeal process.
• The EPC is very busy. They receive over 500 phone calls per day; however, we recommend that you find a time to create a relationship with a counselor there to check in on occasion and get up-to-date information so you can make up-to-date decisions about wait pools.