Boulder Valley School District's Shadowing Ban Riles Parents

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Boulder Valley School District is no longer allowing shadowing as fifth-graders and their parents decide where to attend middle school during open enrollment.District officials said elementary principals complained of too many absences, while middle-school principals didn't like all the disruptions to the school day. But the change isn't proving popular with parents.

"We've been talking about this for a few years and looked at it as a team," said Deirdre Pilch, Boulder Valley's assistant superintendent for school leadership. "It's really just about learning and wanting kids learning at their maximum. There are lots of other ways to get information about a school."

Shadowing allows a prospective student to follow current students during a regular school day.

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