JFBB School Choice




It is the policy of Shutesbury School Committee to admit non-resident students under the terms and conditions of the Interdistrict School Choice Law (M.G.L. 76:12B) and under the following local conditions:

1.  That by May 1 of every school year, the administration will determine the number of spaces in Shutesbury Elementary School available to choice students.

2.  That by June 1 of every school year, if consideration is being given to withdraw from the provisions of the choice law, a public meeting will be held to review this decision.

3.  That resident students be given priority placement in any classes or programs within Shutesbury.

4.  That the selection of non-resident students for admission be in the form of a random drawing when the number of requests exceeds the number of available spaces.  There will be two drawings for this purpose.  The first will take place during the last week of the current school year but no later than July 1st.  The second will be conducted during the week immediately preceding the opening of the next school year and will be based on the possibility of unexpected additional openings.

5.  Any student who is accepted for admission under the provisions of this policy is entitled to remain in Shutesbury until graduation from the school, except if there is a lack of funding of the program.

6.  The School Committee affirms its position that it shall not discriminate in the admission of any child on the basis of all protected categories including but limited to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, ancestry, athletic performance, disability, special need, academic performance, proficiency in the English language, pregnancy or pregnancy related conditions.


UPDATED:  June 2012

LEGAL REFS.:  M.G.L.71:6; 71:6A; 76:6; 76:12; 76:12B

                 BESE Regulations 603 CMR 26:00

Amended (pregnancy or pregnancy related conditions) Shutesbury Policy Committee:  09-20-18

First Reading by Shutesbury School Committee:  11-15-18

Second Reading, First Vote by Shutesbury School Committee:  01-17-19

Final Vote by Shutesbury School Committee:  02-14-19