- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) - Students from the Riverview Gardens School District enrolled at other schools have been notified that their home district may receive an upgrade in its accreditation status, which could force them to change schools next year.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1J5297h ) reports that if Riverview Gardens is upgraded, nearly 540 students who attend other schools under the state’s transfer law could be forced to change schools again because they won’t have the right to remain at their current schools.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education issued revised guidance Monday, emphasizing the possible upgrade to the north St. Louis county district. Riverview lost accreditation in 2007 after several years of academic issues.

The state is asking school districts “to provide a transition that is in the best educational interest of transfer students” if Riverview Gardens does receive a status change.

Sarah Potter, spokeswoman for the Missouri education department, said that the department hopes that students will be able to continue to transfer with an agreement from that district.

“But there’s nothing in the law that says this is what you do if a district becomes accredited again,” Potter said.

The school district’s superintendent requested an accreditation status change in October from the Missouri Board of Education.

The board put off any decision regarding the accreditation at its meeting this month, and directed the education department to develop a system to review Riverview Gardens’ performance at the end of the school year. A status change may be possible at that time.

The state will inform Riverview Gardens about what the review process will involve on Jan. 12.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com

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