District 7 School Board Hears Inter-district Transfer Data & Air Quality Issues
Inter-district transfers incoming from other schools are showing a recent increase for District 7 schools according to a report given to the Grants Pass School Board Tuesday afternoon. The agenda attachment showed 94 accepted but by meeting time that number had grown to 106 accepted, with the majority of requests coming from Three Rivers and Rogue River School districts.
Students requesting transfers to other districts, primarily to Three Rivers numbers 57.
When asked reason for denying a transfer in, the answer came back grades or poor attendance. Superintendent Jon Higgins pointed out that for the 2014-15 school year the only information the district could ask for is name and address.
The forthcoming school year’s outdoor activities brought the district’s policy forth concerning air quality in light of the smoke that can inundate the valleys. The Athletic Department has reviewed the guidelines set forth by the OSAA, plus what is being followed by other area districts and determined outdoor activities by athletic teams and the band could take place outdoors if the air quality index is below 150, or visually, because the particulate in the air will vary from location to location, if Mt. Baldy or Bluey could be seen from the school.
Contingency plans for all teams have been made to move them out of the district for practice if the air quality worsens.
Scheduled football games will be dealt with individually with option of playing away games open if conditions merit.