I got this inquiry this morning:
I’m a hopefully soon-to-be San Francisco public schools parent but I am greatly dismayed by the lottery process this year and hope you can offer me some answers.
We are currently unassigned a school and waiting for the latest lottery run, which was apparently supposed to happen on Monday. It is now Wednesday and rumors (sf k files) suggest the most recent lottery will not be run until this morning and calls will go out to lucky parents later today. Could you please tell me what the delay is and if there’s anything parents should be doing, ie calling the EPC, going down to the office?
We are not alone in feeling greatly disheartened by this lengthy and chaotic process. One good family friend is also unassigned, and another is hoping to be moved to a school one block away from their house. I’m sure there are many, many others out there in a similar situation. This lack of news and information from SFUSD about delays is frustrating.
I know there are lots of anxious parents out there, so I’m taking my correspondent’s suggestion and posting my answer to him here:
I spoke to Darlene Lim about the lottery progress on Monday. The process of identifying and verifying open seats is laborious and is taking longer with the new process because there are more schools in “play” — with the old process, families just listed one school as their wait pool choice but under the new process as you know you can list multiple schools. It’s imperative that they be absolutely sure about their counts before starting the run.
The good news is that they are identifying a lot of openings and do anticipate significant movement when the run is completed. They had hoped to complete it yesterday and begin calling families yesterday afternoon but I gather the work took longer than anticipated. I know there are rumors of technical glitches on the K files but Darlene did not tell me that they were having any technical problems.
Please do not call or go down to EPC today! I know people are worried but EPC is shortstaffed and dealing with public inquiries just slows down the process. And, it won’t help you get a seat you want any quicker. I know it is very frustrating.
Anyway, sorry for the stress you are experiencing but as I said, I expect they will start making calls to families today. Good luck.
One thing I should add is that Monday was the last day to submit an amended list before the run, and according to Darlene there were a lot of families who changed their lists. Things look different after the first week in a school — I have definitely heard from families who are happier than they thought in the schools they “settled” for and so are taking schools off their lists in order to avoid being placed anywhere but their top choice school(s). So anyway, processing those amended lists has taken time as well.