JCPS transfer school requests keep coming in - WDRB 41 Louisville News

JCPS transfer school requests keep coming in

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Louisville, KY (WDRB-TV) -- Even though the school year has already started, JCPS is still approving student transfers to new schools.

JCPS says some schools that looked like they were full on paper now have room for more students. That's good news for some families.

Remondra Watkins, a mother of twins says, "It's been real difficult. They keep saying, 'Mom, I want to go to school. How many days do we got, two more days, three more days?'"

As they wait for a school transfer, 5-year-old twins Aaliya and Aalaiya Watkins have their school supplies ready, but haven't started school yet.

Their mother Remondra says there is no JCPS bus stop to take her twins from their house in south Louisville to Stopher Elementary in the East End.

So on August 11th, she applied for a transfer to get a school that is closer -- also because she gives her girls asthma treatments daily.  She says Shelby Elementary School is just down the street.

Pat Todd, the Director of JCPS Student Assignment, says, "We get transfers every day. We don't know how many we got just for this week. I know that for this year from May when transfers started to yesterday, we had 5400 transfers." That's for elementary, middle, and high schools.

Transfer requests are taken in the order received. JCPS has fifteen to twenty working days to get back to families with a written request on whether their transfer was approved or denied.

JCPS is notifying parents of transfer approvals because after the first, third, and fifth day of school, the district was taking new head counts and found that some schools have room.

Busing problems on the first day of school even had some parents asking for a transfer.  Todd says, "We've had seven people come in and specifically transfer as a result of Tuesday's issue." She says those requests are still being worked on.

The School Board plans to address the transportation issue during its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday.  Todd says, "There are no excuses. All we can do is deeply apologize and assume responsibility for that."

In the meantime, the Watkins twins are hoping to get into the school closest to their home. They're waiting on an answer from the school district.

Remondra Watkins says, "I would like them to be able to tell me ASAP, so my babies can be in school. They love school."

JCPS says transfer requests will be accepted until April 1st. The district says it's looking into the Watkins transfer request and transportation problem.

As far as the bus delays on getting home from school, Thursday JCPS says all students but one were home by 6:20 p.m.

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