Update: Plan revised for slower transition for bilingual students

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Updated: November 22, 2016

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- A rezoning plan is seeing some changes, that would allow some students to stay at their current schools until they graduate.

Current RPS 205 bilingual program students will be able to stay at their current school until they graduate from either high school or middle school.

Incoming students into the bilingual program for the 2017-18 school year will begin at the new program locations at RESA Middle School and Jefferson High School.


ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Rockford Public Schools asks for feed back as they propose a change that could affect dozens of Rockford students. This comes as they take their first steps in moving the district's bilingual program.

The move comes as a part of a secondary rezoning plan, one that hasn't been updated since the 2011-2012 school year. The new proposed zones take into account enrollment changes and distance to each school for students.

In the plan, the bilingual program will move from Eisenhower to RESA Middle School and from Guilford to Jefferson High School, but some students say the proposed changes would be taking them out of their comfort zones.

"It would be like starting all over again", says Guilford High School junior, Carolys Hernandez. "It's new people to me, a new environment, and in my last year of high school I don't think it's a good idea."

Another meeting will be held in the last week of September at Jefferson High School. Teachers say they want to hear more from the families that would be affected to make sure the transition would be beneficial for the students.

If approved, the bilingual program would move at the start of the 2017-2018 school year.