Non-Attendance School Zone

Assignment to a Non-Attendance School Zone

Assignment to a Non-Attendance School Zone

Families that face demonstrable hardships or challenges to attend their assignment zone schools may submit a written Assignment Zone Appeal throughout the school year or the summer (the form is available here – Zone Appeal Application 2018-19 (PDF)). HPS may request additional information to document a family’s particular challenge or hardship. Families with an approved Zone Appeal are responsible for transporting students to school on time every day. Please know that the assignment to your preferred school outside of your zone is not guaranteed. HPS reserves the right to revoke a zone appeal and assign the student back to their school zone due to attendance, discipline or other placement issues. The Assignment Zone Appeal is NOT available for PK.


Assignment Zone Appeals are approved only in special cases of extraordinary hardships that may warrant a particular student attending a school outside their Attendance Zone, for example:

  1. Need to keep siblings together in one school because of a sibling having been assigned to a particular school by HPS
  2. The family’s address is close to the border of another school zone and walking to the school zone of origin represents a challenge


For the 2018-19 school year only, we will also accept Assignment Zone Appeals for students in the EN White, Kelly and Morgan school zones who want to opt-out of their assigned middle school option (Veritas Prep or Holyoke STEM Academy). Please note that an assignment to another middle school preferred by the family is not guaranteed due to space and other considerations. In addition, the family is responsible for transporting the student to school on time every day.

An Appeals Committee is in charge of reviewing the Assignment Zone Appeal applications several times a year. The Appeals Committee is comprised of HPS staff and administrators. There is a set schedule of committee meetings. Parents need to be aware of the cut-off dates for submitting an appeal:

July 13, 2018           October 5, 2018          January 11, 2019          March 8, 2019


The Appeals Committee is responsible for making a recommendation for the approval or denial of the appeal. Decisions of the Appeals Committee will be reviewed by the Superintendent or his designee before final approval is made. Call the Student Enrollment & Family Empowerment Center at 413-534-2000, ext. 1100 if you have questions or require additional information.

Please note that Assignment Zone Appeals should not be used to try to resolve issues pertaining to academic, discipline or bullying challenges a student may be facing at a particular school by trying to have them switch schools. We advise parents to establish regular communication with the school leaders and staff at your zone school to explore all alternatives to contribute to the student’s success. If you have concerns related to your child’s progress or safety at a particular school, you should contact teachers and school leaders first. If there are issues that remain unresolved at the school level, you may file a complaint at the Student Enrollment & Family Empowerment Center (57 Suffolk Street, First Floor Right).

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