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Middle School Closure/Reconfiguration FAQs

Note: All current Middle School campuses will be open during the 2021/22 school year. The Harvest Middle School closure and the River School reconfiguration will occur in the 2022/2023 academic year. By September 2021 new middle school boundaries will be designated so middle school families will know their new resident school, if applicable. 

1. If I have a student planning to attend Harvest or River in 2021/22 can we make a change for the upcoming school year?
The district will offer an early choice option for incoming 6th grade students to River and incoming 6th grade and 7th grade students to Harvest.  

2. Will current River 6th graders be allowed to stay at River for their 8th grade year in the 2022/2023 school year?
Yes, current 6th graders will be allowed to complete their middle school experience at the River campus. However, during their 8th grade year in 2022/2023, these students will experience the new programming at the proposed language academy.

3. How will the early choice option work?
A family with an incoming 6th grade student to River or an incoming 6th grade or 7th grade student to Harvest may contact the District by May 14th and request a change in school placement for next year, 2021-22. This early choice option will only be available until May 14th and the district will be proactively reaching out to contact families to review their options.  

4. Why would a family want to participate in early choice rather than Open Enrollment?
Because early choice is for the upcoming year 2021/22 while Open Enrollment is for the following year 2022/23.

5. Does early choice give a student a better chance of getting a school they want when middle schools change?
No, students impacted by closure or redesign will receive an Open Enrollment priority. 

6. What is Open Enrollment?
Open Enrollment provides families the option to apply to a school other than a student’s resident school. Parents/guardians access and complete the online application at nvusd.org/enroll. Families may select up-to two choices. 

7. When is Open Enrollment for the 2022-23 school year? 
The Open Enrollment period runs from October 1 - November 30.

8. What is the difference between Open Enrolment and the early choice option? 
Open Enrollment will occur as usual in October-November and is for 2022/23. The early choice option will be offered now to incoming 6th grade River and incoming 6th grade and 7th grade Harvest families and is for the immediate upcoming year 2021/22.  

9. If I chose to place my student at a new school through early choice for 2021/22, does that guarantee my child a spot there in 2022/23?
Yes, your student will remain enrolled at the early choice school. 

10. If a family decides to choose a middle school during early choice, and this is not the family’s resident middle school, will they automatically get into the high school that middle school feeds into?
For high school placement, the district will follow our policy for non-resident schools. If a student wants to attend a high school other than a resident high school, they will need to participate in Open Enrollment.

11. I want my student to attend River or Harvest as planned for next year (2021/22.) Will we receive a priority registration spot when we need to select a new middle school? Do we need to do anything now?
You will receive a priority Open Enrollment spot for 2022/23 per Board Policy (BP/AR 5116.1) No action is needed now. Harvest resident families will receive support over the summer months concerning changes.   

12. In 2022/23, what middle schools will be open?  
American Canyon, Redwood, Silverado, and the language academy that will occupy the River campus on Salvador avenue.   

13. What is changing on the River campus?
In 2022/23, the River campus will be changed into a language academy to accommodate our robust Dual-language Immersion program currently running at NVLA, Pueblo Vista, Harvest, and Napa High School. This academy will allow NVUSD to offer  a high quality school wide dual language middle school program that fully embraces bilingualism, biliteracy and biculturalism.

14. In 2022/23, which students will attend the redesigned River campus? 
Dual Language Immersion students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. The River students who will be in 8th grade for 2022-23 will be allowed to remain for 8th grade. 

15. In 2022/23, where will Harvest resident students attend middle school?
Redwood or Silverado. By September 2021, new middle school boundary lines will be drawn and Harvest resident students will receive a new school of residence based upon their address.

16. How is middle school enrollment going to work for Harvest?
By September 2021, Harvest resident families will be notified of their new resident school, either Redwood or Silverado for a future year, 2022/23. If they wish to choose a different school, they can participate in Open Enrollment from October 1- November 30, 2021.  

17. If our student attends Harvest or River and we choose to utilize either the early choice option or Open Enrollment, are younger siblings given an Open Enrollment preference at that school? (Assuming the school is not their school of residence).
Yes, as per Board Policy (BP/AR 5116.1) students attending a school that has been designated by the Board to close; and who either: (a) are currently attending the school designated for closure, or (b) in the following school year will be entering the earliest grade level of the school designated for closure.

18. What if any NVUSD family wants siblings to be together in a school that is not their resident school? 
Siblings of students already in attendance in a school, and who will be attending the school the same year a new sibling is entering the school, receive sibling preference. (BP 5116.1) 

19. In 2022/23, where will Dual Language Immersion students from Pueblo Vista, NVLA, and Harvest attend middle school? Where will the middle school Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program be located? 
At the redesign River campus located at 1850 Salvador Ave.  

20. What about transportation for 2021/22?
Transportation will remain the same for the upcoming school year. Therefore, enrollment changes during the early choice option will not receive transportation. 

21. What about transportation for 2022/23?
The District work for middle school changes will continue throughout next school year and transportation will be communicated to families prior to the start of the 2022-23 school year. 

22. What about families in NVLA and Pueblo Vista who want to open enroll into the Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program? 
Dual Language Immersion students will receive an enrollment priority, per School Board policy (BP 5116.1) which allows students moving from an elementary school DLI program to receive a lottery priority to a middle school DLI program. 

23. Why is NVUSD closing and redesigning middle schools?
The current and projected low enrollment of elementary students is rolling upward which results in lower student enrollment entering middle schools. One of the District’s major asset categories is real property, which includes land and school facilities. It is the Board’s fiduciary responsibility to maximize these assets, ensuring that they are utilized efficiently and effectively so the District can continue to provide exceptional learning opportunities for all middle students.

24. How will River students participate in a Spanish language program when the campus transitions to a Dual Language Immersion program? 
Next year, during Phase 2 of the redesign process, the exact program integration and experience will be determined. In 2022-23, students will have the opportunity to experience Spanish prior to high school, with language instruction scaffolded to address various learning levels of students. 

25. What is the enrollment path for a rising 6th grade student who attends River for 6th grade next year?  
In (2021-22) 6th grade students attend River; (2022-23) students open enroll to remain at River for 7th grade and experience the language program; (2023-24) 8th grade students guaranteed an 8th grade seat to continue the language program.   

26. What is the enrollment path for a rising 7th grade student who attends River for 7th grade next year?  
In (2021-22) 7th grade students attend River; (2022-23) 8th grade students guaranteed an 8th grade seat and experience the language program.

27. What is the enrollment path for a rising Harvest resident 6th grade student who attends Harvest for 6th grade next year?  
In (2021-22) 6th grade Harvest resident students attend Harvest; (2022-23) 7th grade students attend new resident school until high school or open enroll to attend another school and remain until high school. 

28. What is the enrollment path for a rising Harvest resident 7th grade student who attends Harvest for 7th grade next year?  
In (2021-22) 7th grade Harvest resident students attend Harvest; (2022-23) 8th grade students attend new resident school until high school or open enroll to attend another school and remain until high school.  

29. What is the enrollment path for a rising Dual Language Immersion (DLI) 6th grade student who attends Harvest for 6th grade next year?  
In (2021-22) 6th grade DLI students attend Harvest; (2022-23) 7th grade DLI students attend the new language academy at Salvador Avenue until high school.  

30. What is the enrollment path for a rising Dual Language Immersion (DLI) 7th grade student who attends Harvest for 7th grade next year?  
In (2021-22) 7th grade DLI students attend Harvest; (2022-23) 8th grade DLI students attend the new language academy at Salvador Avenue until high school.  

31. Is the District considering forming K-8 schools?
The District is considering piloting K-8 grades at Shearer and Browns Valley elementary schools. 

32. Does this mean that Shearer and Browns Valley will immediately offer 6-8 grades next year in 2021-22? 
No, the initiation of a K-8 at Shearer and/or Browns Valley would be through a phased-in approach.  For example, year one would include only 6th grade, year two would include 6th and 7th grade and year three would include 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

33. What is the enrollment path for students if Browns Valley (BV) forms a K-8 school? 
In (2021-22) 5th grade BV students may remain at the BV campus for 6th grade; (2022-23) 6th & 7th grade BV students may remain at BV; (2023-24)  6th, 7th, 8th grade BV students may remain at BV

34. What is the enrollment path for students if Shearer (SH) forms a K-8 school? 
In (2021-22) 5th grade SH students may remain at the SH campus for 6th grade; (2022-23) 6th & 7th grade SH students may remain at SH; (2023-24)  6th, 7th, 8th grade SH students may remain at SH

35. Can other students transfer into Browns Valley or Shearer for 6th grade next year?
Capacities will be reviewed for currently attending 5th grade students at BV and SH to remain for 6th grade. More information will be provided at a later date. 

36. Will siblings be considered in the planning of Browns Valley and Shearer?
Siblings attend resident schools together so this would not change for resident students. If students are attending Browns Valley and Shearer through a transfer or open enrollment, the siblings of students already in attendance in a school, and who will be attending the school the same year a new sibling is entering the school, receive sibling preference. (BP 5116.1)

37. What if my student is a rising 7th grade student to River next year? 
Your student will complete 7th grade at River and automatically be enrolled to remain at the River campus for 8th grade and will experience exposure to Spanish prior to entering High School.

38. What if I want to make a change for my student's 7th grade placement at River next year? 
You are welcome to complete an intra district transfer request to return to your school of residence for 7th grade. Please access the intra district request at nvusd.org/enroll