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SPANISH Program Improvement Parent Notification Letters: Error in Letter

All federally mandated School Program Improvement Spanish-language parent notification letters will be mailed out by Monday, March 14 to Spanish-speaking parents of students who attend a district school that is in Program Improvement (PI).  As with the English version that was recently mailed, these are the same letters that have been sent to parents since the inception of NCLB and the related Program Improvement.  Their intent is to notify parents of their choice to enroll their student(s) in a non-PI school during the current school year. Historically, the letters have been mailed out in the fall, when the state released the PI lists.  This year, however, the PI lists were released several months late, hence the letters were prepared and mailed out late as well. As in the past, principal names were added to the signature line of the letter for a more personalized communication. A copy of the generic PI letter (in English) can be viewed here

The letter explicitly instructs parents who are interested in enrolling their child(ren) in a non PI school, to fill out an application, which is then processed by Enrollment Options.  A link to the application is also provided in the letter, in addition to a list of the non-PI schools available for which current PI school attendees may apply to enroll in.*  The letter does not instruct parents to contact non-PI (or PI receiving) schools directly.  Please note that all PI receiving schools that are part of the School Choice process were identified in the letter. Interested parents can be directed to download and print the Program Improvement School Choice Application from the Neighborhood Schools and Enrollment Options website at https://www.sandiegounified.org/school-choice-application.  Applications must be processed by the Neighborhood Schools and Enrollment Options (NSEO) office. They can be submitted in person, by fax, by mail, or via email (eoptions@sandi.net); the address and fax number are listed on the application.  Enrollment is based on space availability, and NSEO will review all the applications and work with the PI receiving schools to accommodate enrollment.  We do not anticipate receiving many PI applications, based on prior years’ small numbers. District-level PI notification letters were mailed to parents last fall. 

Notification of Errata:  It was brought to our attention that there was misinformation communicated in the PI letter.  (Since this is a federally mandated letter and all parents, by law, must receive the same written communication, we are legally obligated to send the exact same communication out in Spanish even though there are some errors.) Students attending schools in PI Years 2-5 may no longer apply for free tutoring/Supplemental Educational Services (SES).  The deadline for SES applications for the 2015-16 school year was October 23, 2015.  SES applications for the current year were mailed last fall to parents. (If parents wish to contact the SES department, please have them call 619-362-3340; the number indicated in the PI letter is incorrect.) We regret any difficulties this misinformation may have caused your staff.  Note that next year the district will not be offering any Supplemental Educational Services.

* Please note that the PI Choice application differs from the general  School Choice application.  The PI Choice application is a PDF, hard copy application to only a small selection of PI receiving sites. It  must be filled out and scanned, emailed, mailed or hand delivered to the NSEO office.  The general School Choice application is an online application to any school in the district and includes magnet, VEEP, and PI sites.  The School Choice application window ended on February 15, 2016, and only new to district families may continue to apply.

Please contact the Neighborhood Schools and Enrollment Options office with any questions at 619-725-7153.

Thank you,

Marceline Marques, Director
Neighborhood Schools and Enrollment Options