Long Range Facilities Plan School Closure Process

Consultation has concluded

In most of Richmond declining neighbourhood enrolment has resulted in under utilization of school capacity. In some schools student populations are so small that the School District cannot offer the optimal range of programs. Trustees need to make a decision on which schools to close to ensure facilities are used in an effective and fiscally responsible way.

We want to hear from you as we gather information to inform our decisions and make our way through this process. Please be advised that you may not receive a direct response. Please be assured that your communication has been forwarded to the Long Range Facilities Plan process. We appreciate your input.

In most of Richmond declining neighbourhood enrolment has resulted in under utilization of school capacity. In some schools student populations are so small that the School District cannot offer the optimal range of programs. Trustees need to make a decision on which schools to close to ensure facilities are used in an effective and fiscally responsible way.

We want to hear from you as we gather information to inform our decisions and make our way through this process. Please be advised that you may not receive a direct response. Please be assured that your communication has been forwarded to the Long Range Facilities Plan process. We appreciate your input.

Consultation has concluded
  • You Asked...We Answered #19

    over 2 years ago
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    Question:

    Will children be moved to an H1 school while upgrades to their catchment school are done? For example, an H1 school is planned to be shut down. Students in neighbouring H2 or H3 schools are moved to that H1 while their schools are upgraded, then moved back once upgrades are complete. We purposefully moved to a neighbourhood that did not have an H1 school. It would be absolutely unacceptable for children to be moved to a school that is considered unsafe. Thank you in advance for your reply.

    Response:

    Student safety is a priority of the Richmond School District...

    Question:

    Will children be moved to an H1 school while upgrades to their catchment school are done? For example, an H1 school is planned to be shut down. Students in neighbouring H2 or H3 schools are moved to that H1 while their schools are upgraded, then moved back once upgrades are complete. We purposefully moved to a neighbourhood that did not have an H1 school. It would be absolutely unacceptable for children to be moved to a school that is considered unsafe. Thank you in advance for your reply.

    Response:

    Student safety is a priority of the Richmond School District and we will work to the best of our ability to provide safe learning environments.

    The Ministry of Education has prioritized seismic mitigation into two major funding phases:

    Funding Phase 1: the Ministry will fund the repair of H1 and H2 schools

    Funding Phase 2: the Ministry will fund the repair of H3 schools.

    Funding Phase 1 schools are likely to be seismically upgraded prior to any work commencing on either of the Funding Phase 2 schools.

    Of the 16 schools being discussed for potential closure, all of them belong to Funding Phase 1 except Diefenbaker and McKinney.

    As a result, the most likely situation will be moving students between schools of similar seismic impediments. If a school is needed to temporarily provide accommodation for Diefenbaker or McKinney students, the temporary location for the students is likely to have been upgraded by that time.


  • Let's Talk SD38 Open House Survey to Close on Friday, June 10 at 4 p.m.

    over 2 years ago
    Reminder
    We would like to provide a friendly reminder that the May Open House Survey will close on Friday, June 10 at 4 p.m.

    We want to hear from you as we gather information to inform our decisions and make our way through this process.

    Survey link: http://bit.ly/1YbMZ4Z

    We would like to provide a friendly reminder that the May Open House Survey will close on Friday, June 10 at 4 p.m.

    We want to hear from you as we gather information to inform our decisions and make our way through this process.

    Survey link: http://bit.ly/1YbMZ4Z

  • "You Asked...We Answered #18"

    over 2 years ago
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    It took us a long time to get into a before and after school program (West Richmond) that services the school our child attends (Gilmore, French Immersion). Will the district be working with before and after school programs to accommodate the increase of children who need these services if we are relocated to Ferris Elementary, as the wait-lists can be substantial and often give priority to those who are already attending or have siblings that attend?

    The Richmond School District will be working with day care providers to support our families when closure decisions are made.

    It took us a long time to get into a before and after school program (West Richmond) that services the school our child attends (Gilmore, French Immersion). Will the district be working with before and after school programs to accommodate the increase of children who need these services if we are relocated to Ferris Elementary, as the wait-lists can be substantial and often give priority to those who are already attending or have siblings that attend?

    The Richmond School District will be working with day care providers to support our families when closure decisions are made.
  • "You Asked...We Answered #17"

    over 2 years ago
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    Because Gilmore Elementary is a French immersion school, has anyone done a study on the impact to the French immersion program if Gilmore Elementary does close? Concern being that many parents may not continue with the French immersion program if they were reassigned to a school considerably farther away from home (i.e. Ferris Elementary).

    At the moment there have been no studies on the specific implications of moving EFI at Gilmore or any other school. As we move forward, all options will be reviewed in more detail along with the feedback we received at the open houses.



    Because Gilmore Elementary is a French immersion school, has anyone done a study on the impact to the French immersion program if Gilmore Elementary does close? Concern being that many parents may not continue with the French immersion program if they were reassigned to a school considerably farther away from home (i.e. Ferris Elementary).

    At the moment there have been no studies on the specific implications of moving EFI at Gilmore or any other school. As we move forward, all options will be reviewed in more detail along with the feedback we received at the open houses.



  • "You Asked...We Answered #16"

    over 2 years ago
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    I have seen a lot of information about the closure of elementary schools. Are you also looking at closing secondary schools, and if so, what is the timeline for this process?

    The District will begin discussions about secondary school programming and facilities after we have made a decision on the elementary school closures.

    I have seen a lot of information about the closure of elementary schools. Are you also looking at closing secondary schools, and if so, what is the timeline for this process?

    The District will begin discussions about secondary school programming and facilities after we have made a decision on the elementary school closures.

  • "You Asked...We Answered #15"

    over 2 years ago
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    Can school closures be used as a reason for an extraordinary reason for transferring schools?

    As the decision about school closures will not be made until October 2016 the District will not be considering school closure as a reason for a Late Transfer Application for the 2016 / 2017 school year.

    Can school closures be used as a reason for an extraordinary reason for transferring schools?

    As the decision about school closures will not be made until October 2016 the District will not be considering school closure as a reason for a Late Transfer Application for the 2016 / 2017 school year.

  • "You Asked... We Answered #14"

    over 2 years ago
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    How is the 15 minutes walking distance measured (e.g., door-to-door, corner of one catchment to another)? We noticed that two of the "replacement" schools if ours is closed are significantly longer than 15 minutes, especially for little legs.

    A "walkshed" is defined as the land area within a defined walking range of a specific location.

    At the Fall Open Houses, the District heard that it was important to provide Elementary school children with the ability to walk to school within 15 minutes.The 15 minute walking distance was measured from each of the elementary school addresses using web-based mapping software. The...

    How is the 15 minutes walking distance measured (e.g., door-to-door, corner of one catchment to another)? We noticed that two of the "replacement" schools if ours is closed are significantly longer than 15 minutes, especially for little legs.

    A "walkshed" is defined as the land area within a defined walking range of a specific location.

    At the Fall Open Houses, the District heard that it was important to provide Elementary school children with the ability to walk to school within 15 minutes.The 15 minute walking distance was measured from each of the elementary school addresses using web-based mapping software. The District realizes that age and mobility issues of some children may extend this walk time however the intend is that it is a reasonable guide.


  • Reminder - Long Range Facilities Plan Open Houses

    over 2 years ago
    Reminder

    LRFP Open Houses

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - Steveston-London Sec. - 6:30 - 8:30 pm

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - Palmer Sec. - 6:30 - 8:30 pm

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 - Boyd Sec. 6:30 - 8:30 pm



    LRFP Open Houses

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - Steveston-London Sec. - 6:30 - 8:30 pm

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - Palmer Sec. - 6:30 - 8:30 pm

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 - Boyd Sec. 6:30 - 8:30 pm



  • "You Asked ... We Answered" #13

    over 2 years ago
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    My child is a cross-boundary student in one of the schools being considered for closure (McKinney neighbourhood program). If it were to close, would she move to the new school along with her fellow McKinney students? I'm concerned that she would be forced to move (to) a different school, although our catchment school is also being considered for closure.

    Typically a cross boundary student who has been accepted into a school's regular program becomes part of the cohort at the school. If the school closes, then the student would move with the cohort to the new school. However, families may...

    My child is a cross-boundary student in one of the schools being considered for closure (McKinney neighbourhood program). If it were to close, would she move to the new school along with her fellow McKinney students? I'm concerned that she would be forced to move (to) a different school, although our catchment school is also being considered for closure.

    Typically a cross boundary student who has been accepted into a school's regular program becomes part of the cohort at the school. If the school closes, then the student would move with the cohort to the new school. However, families may chose to return to their catchment school or apply for a transfer to another school. As the Long Range Facilities Process continues, there will be more specific information pertinent to this question.
  • You Asked ... We Answered #12

    over 2 years ago
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    Hello, After having read the recent report on school closures, I just have a few quick questions regarding the closing of a French Immersion school. Is it correct that all students of that school will be relocated together? Also, will the group be relocated to a neighbouring school (within 3 km) or might they be relocated anywhere in Richmond. Any information that you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

    We will endeavour to locate the French Immersion programs at school sites that make sense geographically for revised French Immersion catchments and for the district. It is our goal to keep...

    Hello, After having read the recent report on school closures, I just have a few quick questions regarding the closing of a French Immersion school. Is it correct that all students of that school will be relocated together? Also, will the group be relocated to a neighbouring school (within 3 km) or might they be relocated anywhere in Richmond. Any information that you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

    We will endeavour to locate the French Immersion programs at school sites that make sense geographically for revised French Immersion catchments and for the district. It is our goal to keep cohort groups of students together if a move to a new location is required. Our focus is on continuing to be able to provide quality French Immersion programming as a program of choice now and in the future.