Attendance areas for the elementary schools of the town of Amherst
will be drawn up by the Superintendent and approved by the School
Committee. The primary considerations that govern the establishment of a
school attendance area are school capacity and transportation
considerations. Generally, students will attend the school in the
attendance area in which they live, except as enrollment in a school in
another area is approved in accordance with the Open Enrollment Policy
or as a Special Education Placement.
In establishing an attendance area, the following general guidelines will also be applied:
- Use of safe walking conditions consistent with the Committee’s
transportation policies; where possible, major traffic thoroughfares and
natural barriers will be used for boundaries.
- Honoring community of interest; where possible, school attendance zones will incorporate community patterns.
From time to time an overcrowded condition in an existing school, the
development of new residential areas, or the opening of a new school
may require the establishment or change of previously established school
The Superintendent is authorized to make exceptions to attendance
lines for individual children in the best interests of the student
and/or the school.
Region Voted to Approve:
Amherst Voted to Approve: 8/19/86
Pelham Voted to Approve:
Effective Date: 8/19/86