Today parents exiting the Family Resource Center at Lake Area High School are saying that RSD One App staff is telling them that there are not 4th and 8th grade seats in the system. This is disputed by representatives of two schools who have shown up on the site. Representatives from Tubman and Milestones schools both say they have seats available in those grades and can also accommodate siblings. Parents have been told by RSD One App staff that sibling preference can no longer be accommodated and some parents are forced to split up their kids. Apparently there is still confusion.
Parents are also saying that they are being told that only Landry-Walker and Cohen College prep have seats available. Parents living in New Orleans East are unhappy with these options. You may remember that the Recovery School District closed Reed high school which is in New Orleans East. Had they not done so, Reed high school would be an option for parents in New Orleans East. Cohen and Landry Walker are very far away from these parents homes. It seems that the RSD is forcing parents to choose these two schools, which in effect means there really isn’t choice at all. The parents we spoke to wanted to choose Mc Main High School, Mc Donogh 35 High School, Karr High School. and Wright High School, yet those choices were full. Many also wanted to choose Warren Easton High School, but Easton does not participate in One App.
I encourage all parents to contact schools to see if there are seats available before going to Lake Area High School and getting in line.
Many parents are being turned away because they don’t have the necessary paperwork. I would be helpful if the RSD would create a phone message clearly stating what paperwork parents need to bring. The paperwork requirements should be posted on the door of every school in New Orleans so that parents would have access as well as be placed on the front page of the RSD website. It is unacceptable to have people wait in long lines to only find out that they have to leave and come back.
We are seeing more Latino parents in these lines and we are told that Spanish speaking translators are on site to help parents enroll their students.
If you are concerned about this chaotic process and want to work with other parents to recommend solutions to the Recovery School District, leave you name, email address and cell phone number on our School Justice Line 504-365-3006. We will inform you of the next meeting to work on solutions.
If you are as outraged by this week’s RSD One App Enrollment process, please call your state senator and state representative today and demand solutions for the dysfunctional Recovery School District.