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Some PCSSD students forced to move campuses after district says some classes are too full

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Pulaski County, Arkansas – A group of students in the Pulaski County School District will repeat the first day of school next week.

According to the district, they’re having to adjust classes based on the number of students enrolled in certain grade levels. In some cases, this means moving a student to a different school in the district. “Basically, we’re doing the first day all over again,” said PCSSD parent Veronica Bailey.

She got a call from the district Monday saying there were too many kids in the Kindergarten class at Sylvan Hills Elementary and her daughter, Violet, would have to move, Veronica Bailey said. “I’m the protector so my instant is anger,” said Violet’s father Jeffery Bailey.

According to district leaders, it’s one of the hardest calls they must make.

After the first day counts, Jessica Duff, says the district reassesses class sizes to make sure they are up to state standards. If they are over, adjustments must be made. “We would much rather make sure the student is getting that attention in an appropriate classroom size than to be overcrowded,” said Jessica Duff with the Pulaski County Special School District.

The district makes decisions on movement based on who registered last and provides transportation to the new school, Duff said.

According to the Bailey’s, they wish they knew of the changes earlier so they could make adjustments of their own. “Having to be away from parents all day long, it’s a lot to deal with, so having to do that all over again it’s stressful,” said Violet’s stepmother Samantha Bailey.

This year, at least eight students were moved from Sylvan Hills Elementary, the district said.

According to Leaders, they want to emphasize the importance of registering early to prevent events like this in the future.

 

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