WEST CHESTER About 526 students will be asked to change schools due to redistricting in the West Chester Area School District.

Though the plan has not yet been finalized by the school board, some attendance boundaries will change for the coming school year, according to a Nov. 26 letter from Superintendent Jim Scanlon.

The majority of them are elementary school students. Students now in fourth grade who want to finish elementary school at their current school will be allowed to do so.

All affected high school and middle school students, 184 in total, will also have the option to stay at their current school.

The district will provide transportation to affected students who need it.

In his letter, Scanlon said he understood that this is a "tough and emotional" process for all involved.

The district will send out a survey after Dec. 15 for parents to indicate where their children will be going to school.

It will provide orientations, a student buddy system, and summer open houses to help with the transition.

The final redistricting proposal is scheduled to be presented to the school board at 7 p.m. Monday at the Spellman Administration Building in West Chester. The board is set to make its final decision on Dec. 15.

A map of the proposed plan is available at www.wcasd.net. - Justine McDaniel