HCPSS MPIA Request #2021-084

Eric Greenberg
Requested Information
Requesting all documents, including but not limited to emails, correspondence, memos, and calendar items (including attachments), regarding student reassignment requests for students who were redistricted. Search period is September 1, 2019 to May 15, 2020. Exclude items regarding specific students.
Date Received
Response Notes

Responsive to this request, staff indicates reassignment requests for students who were redistricted were handled using the existing procedures as outlined in Policy 9000. For reference, available information about the student reassignment process can be found on the HCPSS website: https://www.hcpss.org/schools/student-reassignment/ as well as on the student reassignment request form: https://www.hcpss.org/f/schools/student-reassignment-request-form.pdf. Available records can also be found under our recent response to an MPIA request seeking information on directions/guidance given to staff regarding the redistricting process: MPIA 2021-069: https://mpia.hcpss.org/requests/2021-069.

Outside the records provided above, staff indicates existing communications related to the actual processing of reassignment requests for redistricted students were specific to individual students as they were handled on a case-by-case basis. Per discussions to exclude items regarding specific students, one communication staff was able to identify that was generic/did not call out a specific case is attached below, along with a memo to the Board of Education referencing student reassignment requests.

Responsive Documents
Under both MPIA GP §4-301(1), which requires a custodian to deny inspection of a record if by law the record is privileged or confidential, and MPIA GP § 4-344, which allows a custodian to deny inspection of confidential opinions, deliberations, advice or recommendations from one governmental employee or official to another for the purpose of assisting the latter in the decision-making function, we have made redactions where information constitutes advice regarding legal matters, and thus are subject to non-disclosure.

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