School registration season officially has begun — at least in Sonoma County's largest school district.
Santa Rosa City Schools on Tuesday began enrollment for the 2012-13 school year, making available kindergarten applications and campus transfer forms, even as questions loom about the viability of the state's new transitional kindergarten program that has lost its funding under Gov. Jerry Brown's latest budget proposal.
Santa Rosa officials encouraged parents to go to their school of residence as a first step, even if their student is interested in transferring across the district or across the county.
“If they want to go to school in the neighborhood they live in, they go down to that school and register there,” said Gail Eagan, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction at Santa Rosa City Schools. But if they the student to go to another school in the district — an intra-district transfer - they must specifically state in the paperwork the school boundary where they reside and which school they want to attend, she said.
Parents who live in the Santa Rosa district boundaries but want to send their student elsewhere are required to fill out a inter-district transfer form at the district office on which they are required to note the reason for the request. School board approval is required but Eagan called denials “rare.”
“If people want to go, they are going to go,” she said. “In some way or another, they will find a way to go, so the idea is we want to be partners with people in the education of their kids.”
In the smaller districts surrounding Petaluma, officials have agreed to start their registration periods on the same day — Feb. 13