Here’s Westside Q&A info for new school year in D-11

       Here are some questions and answers about District 11's coming school year, as it affects the Westside:
       Q. When does school start?
       A. Tuesday, Aug. 18.
       Q. My attendance area changed because of the district's school boundary changes. Can't I keep my kids in their old school?
       A. Anyone can use the District 11 choice option to request admission to any school. However, transportation is up to the parents, because buses will not go outside their normal routes.
       Q. I live near the former Washington Elementary. Is that the school I should take my children to?
       A. Only if you want to enroll them in the free, choice-only Buena Vista Montessori program now being offered there. You are actually in the attendance area for the new West Elementary (K-5, inside the West Middle School building), which encompasses the former attendance areas of three schools that were closed (Washington, the old Buena Vista and part of Whittier).
       Q. Is the entrance for West Elementary the same as for West Middle?
       A. No. The elementary has a separate entrance (the same one the community center used to have) at 25 N. 20th St.
       Q. If Whittier has closed, what school is in that building now?
       A. The Bijou School, an alternative high school in District 11. It was formerly at 730 N. Walnut St., a site with aging school buildings that the district now hopes to sell.
       Q. Will the remodeled schools be ready for students?
       A. According to the principals of the schools most affected by summer work (Terry Martinez at West Elementary and Wayne Hutchison at Bijou), their schools will be ready for use Aug. 18, although some minor work remains to be finalized.
       Q. When are the open houses for the schools?
       A. Bristol, Thursday, Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. (including hot dogs); Buena Vista Montessori, Monday, Aug. 17, 3:30 p.m. (a "meet and greet") and Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 5:30 p.m.; Howbert, Friday, Aug. 14 at 5:30 p.m. (ice cream social); Jackson, Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 6:30 p.m.; Midland, Thursday, Aug. 13 at 5:30 p.m.; West Elementary, Monday, Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m. (ribbon-cutting), and Thursday, Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m. (open house with West Middle School); Holmes Middle School, Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m.; West Middle School, Thursday, Sept. 3 at 6:30 p.m. (with West Elementary); Coronado High, Thursday, Aug. 27 at 6 p.m.; Bijou School, Thursday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m.

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