Fall 2020 - Elementary School Attendance Zone Change Process
In August 2020, the School Board adopted a meeting calendar to establish attendance zones for both Elaine E. Thompson Elementary School and Hovatter Elementary School, scheduled to open in fall 2021 (2021-2022 academic year). Further, the School Board noted that the current attendance boundaries for Aldie, Arcola, Buffalo Trail, Cardinal Ridge, Creighton's Corner, Goshen Post, Hutchison Farm, Legacy, Liberty, Little River, Madison's Trust, Pinebrook, Rosa Lee Carter, and Sycolin Creek Elementary Schools would be reviewed with the attendance zone process. Inclusion of a specific school community does not indicate that the elementary school attendance zone currently serving the community will change but that school attendance zone adjustments may be reviewed, proposed, and/or adopted by the School Board.
Elaine E. Thompson Elementary School will be sited within the Arcola Center development at 24200 Pissarro Drive, in Sterling. Hovatter Elementary School will be co-located on the Lightridge High School site at 41135 Collaboration Drive in Aldie.
On October 28, 2020, the aforementioned elementary school communities were notified that due to construction delays for the Arcola Center development, including road improvements and utilities that will ultimately serve the school, the opening of Elaine E. Thompson is now planned for fall 2022 (2022-2023 school year) - not fall 2021.
The construction of Hovatter Elementary School remains on schedule; the school will open in fall 2021, for the 2021-2022 school year.
Attendance Zone Plan Under Active Consideration by the School Board
Message to Elementary School Communities - October 9, 2020
Message to Elementary School Communities - October 28, 2020 (re: Elaine E. Thompson Elementary)
Send an email with any questions and/or comments on the attendance zone change process.
School Board Policy 8160, Exceptions to School Assignment Due To Attendance Zone Change
School Board Policy 5080, Class Sizes
School Board Policy 6210, Student Transportation
School Board Policy 2520, Participation by the Public
June 23, 2020 School Board Meeting - Information Item (Attendance Zone Meeting Calendar)
August 11, 2020 School Board Meeting - Action Item (Attendance Zone Meeting Calendar)
August 11, 2020 School Board Meeting - Information Item (Attendance Zone Change Process)
Staff Plan - October 14, 2020
Plan 1 - October 22, 2020
Staff Plan 2 - October 28, 2020 (October 28 Message to Elementary School Communities)
Plan 2 - October 29, 2020
Maps & Information
Proposed Plans Tracking Chart, by Planning Zone, as of October 29, 2020
Virginia Tech's Discovery Analytics Center (DAC) is a research and educational unit that focuses on using big data science to address, inform, and solve complex projects. Funded by the National Science Foundation's Research Traineeship program, DAC students are encouraged to outreach with community and government entities to develop data-driven solutions for identified questions.
DAC students have developed a data platform (on their Redistrict website) for public use during this Dulles area elementary school attendance zone change process; the site provides the same data posted on this Planning webpage including student counts by planning zone and school capacity information.
The goal of the Virginia Tech DAC project is to provide in-depth analysis of the data and to track public participation with the expectation that by informing parents and community members of considerations and other demands during the planning process, the public will have a more clear understanding of the attendance zone plans being reviewed and discussed by the Loudoun County School Board.