What are the negative effects of switching school buildings on elementary school children?
Currently we have three separate K-6 schools spread out around town. There is a proposal to change the grade configurations so that only 2 or 3 grade levels are housed in each building. This would require our kids to change schools an additional two times. I believe that having children change schools is harmful to them. Is there proof of this?
I'm sorry to hear that your town is having a difficult time restructuring their grade configurations. While your child will hopefully stay with their current classmates and friends in your town, you have every right to be concerned regarding the stress of a new environment and classroom.
There has been research that has shown increased likely hood of behavioral problems in children who have frequently changed schools, along with the usual pains of getting readjusted and making new friends. Here's an article with more specifics on the results and the study itself: http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1091/changing_schools_tough_on_kids/