What made this a mess is because from my call to TOPS, principals were told one thing. Then, the district's press release only says open houses in the main text and in the list of open houses it says tours are in mid-Feb. Tracy, in her presentation to the board, said all schools would have tours mid-Feb. to mid-March. That's pretty confusing information and you have to wonder how it happened.
I am seeing now more schools are posting tour information. KEEP IN MIND that some schools are starting in January and some not until February. Really want to know? Don't depend on the district; go to the school website or call the school directly. No, it's not fun to have to do the work on your own but it may be the best way to create your own schedule of schools to visit. It would make it easier if some were in January and then some in February so that you aren't rushing around over just 2 weeks.)
Okay, so we had some information come out from our readers about school tours. What is currently available is information for the OPEN HOUSES (1 night only per school with a few Saturday exceptions). I said, "Oh that's just for Open Houses but each school generally has a couple of daytime tours."
From the Open House pdf (http://www.seattleschools.org/area/eso/OpenHouseSchedule.pdf)
Weeknight open houses will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and Saturday open houses will be held from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. unless otherwise noted in the schedule. The intended audiences for these open houses are parents and guardians; we apologize but no child care will be available. For interpretation services, please contact the school three days before the scheduled open house date. School visits will also be scheduled beginning mid-February (italics mine). Important information about the new assignment plan and enrollment is available at www.seattleschools.org.
Previously, the district had earlier tour dates (Jan./Feb.) because we were getting assignments in April. In the last couple of years, even though the assignments were now in May, most schools stuck with January and February tour dates. So I figured this year might be the same as there is NOTHING on the website to indicate otherwise.
So I checked several school websites and found nothing. Odd. So I called TOPS and got a very nice woman who told me that Dr. Goodloe-Johnson had told all the principals that they were going to do Open Houses. I asked her, "What about daytime tours?" She said that the principals were told maybe in March but she would let them know. (Naturally, that is different from what the Open House Tour sheet says "...beginning mid-February".)
The point is:
- Are there to be daytime tours? If not, why not?
- Is it to be in February or March? Open Enrollment starts March 1 so that seems way too late. There are two non-school days in January plus Winter Break right in the middle of February. It seems - in order to have at least 3 daytime tours - that they should be starting mid-January.
Techy Mom reports that Lowell does have scheduled tours:
Lowell has 4 tours and an open house scheduled (from Lowell Link)
January 28, 2010
February 2, 2010
February 4. 2010
February 9, 2010
from 9:45am to 11:15am.
I also found this from Ballard:
Ballard High will offer 4 dates for current 8th graders to visit the school. Daytime visits begin at 8:15 am in the Commons. The daytime dates are Jan. 7, Feb. 24 and March 2nd.
So, in summary, call the schools you are interested in and ask for dates. At this point, this is all you can do as it seems the district doesn't even know what it is doing.