Stafford Township School District Public School Choice ProgramAPPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY DECEMBER 1, 2016Please Note: Participation of new students in the 2017-18 school year will depend upon the availability of funding and whether the program is reauthorized by the New Jersey State Legislature.Students from other public schools are welcome to apply to attend Stafford Township Schools for grades K through 6 for the 2017-18 school year.The regulations governing the Interdistrict Public School Choice Program have been established by the State. The steps that must be taken and the documents that must be submitted in order for a student to participate in the school choice program are listed below. For more information here is a link to the NJDOE's Student Application Process for Parents and Students: http://www.state.nj.us/education/choice/parents/process.htmThe District currently has 5 openings for the 2017-18 school year. This is for all grade levels. If more than 5 applications are received, it will be necessary for the district to hold a lottery for these 5 openings. Preference is given to students applying who already have siblings enrolled in the choice program.NOTE: When making your decision, please be aware that transportation may not be provided for your student. Depending on the circumstances, the resident district may provide aid in lieu of transportation. (Visit the NJ Department of Education’s transportation procedures for more information.) SEE INFORMATION BELOW ON TRANSPORTATIONAll Students (Tier 1 and Tier 2): Click on the Form Name for the actual paperwork.Parent/Guardian completes the STUDENT APPLICATION and gives to Stafford Township School by December 1, 2016.If your student is currently registered with his/her resident district, complete the NOTICE OF INTENT TO PARTICIPATE and submit it to your resident district by December 1, 2016 and obtain a signed receipt acknowledging that you submitted the form. Keep the receipt for your records. By law, a resident district must be informed if a student intends to participate in the school choice program.After applications are received and Confirmation of Enrollment is completed for verification of Tier 1, the lottery will be held (if necessary).Notice of Conditional Acceptance, Rejection, or Wait Listing to the Parent/Guardian by 12/20/16.Parent completes the Student's Notice of Intent to Enroll in the Choice District. The Choice District will send a copy of this form to the Resident District.**If a tier 2 student, parent must enroll in resident district by January 16, 2017.Tier 1* Students:
A Tier 1 student must be enrolled in a NJ public school (including a charter school) in his or her Resident District for the entire year (2016-17) immediately preceding enrollment in a Choice District, If applying for kindergarten, the student must be attending his or her resident district's preschool; or if no district preschool exists, he/she must have a sibling currently attending in the Choice District to be considered Tier 1.Tier 2* Students:*Tier 2 students include NJ residents who have not attended their resident school for the entire school year immediately prior to enrollment in the choice district and do not otherwise meet the requirements for Tier 1. This includes students who have been attending public school outside their districts of residence or private school.Important: Make copies of all forms for your records before submitting them. Obtain signed and dated receipts for all forms you submit, either by sending the forms via certified mail, return receipt requested; or delivering the forms and obtaining a signed and dated receipt in person.Forms can be sent to:
Mrs. Stephanie Bush, Director
250 North Main Street (Rt. 9)
Stafford Township School District
Manahawkin NJ 08050Phone: (609) 978-5700 x 1270NOTE TO PARENTS REGARDING TRANSPORTATION
Transportation of choice students will be the responsibility of the resident district, provided the student meets the eligibility requirements of state law and the choice district is within 20 miles of the student’s residence. Information on school choice transportation and procedures can be found at http://www.state.nj.us/education/finance/transportation/procedures/.
Transportation of choice students is not guaranteed. Your student must meet the eligibility requirements: the choice district must be within 20 miles of your student’s residence. If the cost of transportation will exceed $884, the parent/guardian will be given $884 as aid in lieu of transportation and, in some cases, the option of receiving the transportation and paying the additional amount over $884. By Aug. 1, 2016, parents should receive notification of their transportation options from the resident district. For more information, read the Transportation Procedures for choice students.