Long Range Facilities Plan School Closure Process

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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 #11

    over 2 years ago
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    A number of French immersion schools are on the school closure list, does that mean there will be fewer French immersion schools available or will other schools take on the program?

    We will continue to have quality French Immersion programs in Richmond. The number of French Immersion schools will depend upon the decisions that result from the Long Range Facilities Process. We will continue to offer French Immersion opportunities to a similar number of students as we have now; we have no plans to decrease the program. Richmond's French Immersion program as a program of choice has a history of...

    A number of French immersion schools are on the school closure list, does that mean there will be fewer French immersion schools available or will other schools take on the program?

    We will continue to have quality French Immersion programs in Richmond. The number of French Immersion schools will depend upon the decisions that result from the Long Range Facilities Process. We will continue to offer French Immersion opportunities to a similar number of students as we have now; we have no plans to decrease the program. Richmond's French Immersion program as a program of choice has a history of providing quality educational opportunities to our students and we strongly believe in continuing the program.
  • Long Range Facilities Plan - Report to the Board

    over 2 years ago
    Update

    The LRFP Report to the Board is being present at the April 4th, 2016 Board Meeting. The entire report is located in the Document Library (to the right) under Board Reports and Policy

    The LRFP Report to the Board is being present at the April 4th, 2016 Board Meeting. The entire report is located in the Document Library (to the right) under Board Reports and Policy

  • Next Phase in Long Range Facilities Plan

    over 2 years ago
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    On Monday April 4, 2016 the Board of Education will receive a staff report that will list the elementary schools that meet the district's school closure policy (Policy 704R) requirements. The Board will be asked to confirm the list of schools, and to direct staff to set up consultation committees with each of the schools that are listed. A school being on the list does not mean that a school will definitely close - it means that the school meets at least one of the policy criteria and could be considered for closure.

    There will be opportunities for consultation with...

    On Monday April 4, 2016 the Board of Education will receive a staff report that will list the elementary schools that meet the district's school closure policy (Policy 704R) requirements. The Board will be asked to confirm the list of schools, and to direct staff to set up consultation committees with each of the schools that are listed. A school being on the list does not mean that a school will definitely close - it means that the school meets at least one of the policy criteria and could be considered for closure.

    There will be opportunities for consultation with the school community at each of the listed schools. These meetings will include the consultation committee, which will have two parent representatives as well as the school principal, and public input meetings set for May 17th, 18th and 19th, as well as online opportunities through this website.

    A copy of the staff report will be available online at the school district website as well as this website on Friday April 1, 2016 after 6:00 pm. If you wish to attend the Board meeting, it will be held at the school district offices at 7811 Granville Avenue at 7:00pm on April 4, 2016.


  • "You Asked...We Answered" #10

    over 2 years ago
    Question 10 blue

    I would like an email notification when there is a new survey or new important information on the Let’s Talk website.

    Email notifications are sent to registered users of the Let’s Talk SD38 website. These emails include a complete review of the process over the last month as well as any updates that have been posted to the website. We encourage members of the community to register on the Let’s Talk SD38 website to remain informed on the process. For more info see "FAQ's"


    I would like an email notification when there is a new survey or new important information on the Let’s Talk website.

    Email notifications are sent to registered users of the Let’s Talk SD38 website. These emails include a complete review of the process over the last month as well as any updates that have been posted to the website. We encourage members of the community to register on the Let’s Talk SD38 website to remain informed on the process. For more info see "FAQ's"


  • "You Asked...We Answered" #9

    over 2 years ago
    Question 9 yellow

    Will siblings be split up to meet class size in new appointed schools?

    The goal of the school district is to place all children from the same family into a school that can accommodate all in their respective grade levels. For more info see "FAQ's"


    Will siblings be split up to meet class size in new appointed schools?

    The goal of the school district is to place all children from the same family into a school that can accommodate all in their respective grade levels. For more info see "FAQ's"


  • "You Asked...We Answered" #8

    over 2 years ago
    Question 8 salmon

    If a school is marked as under capacity, why are kids turned away in September?

    There are two definitions of capacity that need to be taken into consideration, there is the physical capacity of a school and then there is the staffing capacity. The physical capacity is a number determined by the Ministry of Education which takes into account the number of classrooms and the number of students in each class. This may vary slightly depending on “class size” numbers. Staffing capacity is based on the number of students enrolled in each grade, then staffing is assigned to the school....

    If a school is marked as under capacity, why are kids turned away in September?

    There are two definitions of capacity that need to be taken into consideration, there is the physical capacity of a school and then there is the staffing capacity. The physical capacity is a number determined by the Ministry of Education which takes into account the number of classrooms and the number of students in each class. This may vary slightly depending on “class size” numbers. Staffing capacity is based on the number of students enrolled in each grade, then staffing is assigned to the school. This number does typically not change during the school year. Staffing is assigned to each school the the spring of the previous year with some adjustments made by the end of June. For further information please refer to district policy on student placement. For more info see "FAQ's"


  • "You Asked...We Answered" #7

    over 2 years ago
    Question 7 medium blue

    Will you close the school if the school's number of students increases during the process?

    The availability of this data allows the District to know future student populations before making a decision about which schools to close. Overall trends and patterns are taken into consideration and over time have proven to be reliable. Future enrollment and student populations are factors that are considered in the process of closing a school. Specific data on capacity is available on the Let’s Talk SD38 website in the document library in the file titled “Demographics – Individual School Projections”. For more info see "FAQ's"

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    Will you close the school if the school's number of students increases during the process?

    The availability of this data allows the District to know future student populations before making a decision about which schools to close. Overall trends and patterns are taken into consideration and over time have proven to be reliable. Future enrollment and student populations are factors that are considered in the process of closing a school. Specific data on capacity is available on the Let’s Talk SD38 website in the document library in the file titled “Demographics – Individual School Projections”. For more info see "FAQ's"


  • "You Asked...We Answered" #6

    over 2 years ago
    Question 6 lime

    What defines “capacity”? Is there data available for each school?

    There are two definitions of capacity that need to be taken into consideration, there is the physical capacity of a school and then there is the staffing capacity. The physical capacity is a number determined by the Ministry of Education which takes into account the number of classrooms and the number of students in each class. This may vary slightly depending on “class size” numbers. Staffing capacity is based on the number of students enrolled in each grade, then staffing is assigned to the school. This number...

    What defines “capacity”? Is there data available for each school?

    There are two definitions of capacity that need to be taken into consideration, there is the physical capacity of a school and then there is the staffing capacity. The physical capacity is a number determined by the Ministry of Education which takes into account the number of classrooms and the number of students in each class. This may vary slightly depending on “class size” numbers. Staffing capacity is based on the number of students enrolled in each grade, then staffing is assigned to the school. This number does typically not change during the school year. Specific data on capacity is available on the Let’s Talk SD38 website in the document library in the file titled “Demographics – Individual School Projections”. For more info see "FAQ's"


  • "You Asked...We Answered" #5

    over 2 years ago
    Question 5 tangerine

    What are the key factors that will be considered in deciding if a school will be closed?

    Key factors that will be considered when deciding if a school will be closed include seismic rating, facility condition, location, capacity, enrollment and population to name a few. The influence that each of these key factors has on the decision making process will be based on feedback from the public. To date, the District has gathered input from the public from three surveys and five open houses. For more info see "FAQ's"

    What are the key factors that will be considered in deciding if a school will be closed?

    Key factors that will be considered when deciding if a school will be closed include seismic rating, facility condition, location, capacity, enrollment and population to name a few. The influence that each of these key factors has on the decision making process will be based on feedback from the public. To date, the District has gathered input from the public from three surveys and five open houses. For more info see "FAQ's"
  • "You Asked...We Answered" #4

    over 2 years ago
    Question 4 magenta

    Once a decision is made on which schools to close, how long will it take to close down a school?

    The process of closing a school from an operational standpoint is expected to take several months to a few years, from the time that it is announced. For instance, if the closure of a school is announced sometime in the Fall of 2016, the school would continue to operate for that school year and perhaps longer based on needed remediation of other sites. Some school will need to remain open to accommodate students from other schools...

    Once a decision is made on which schools to close, how long will it take to close down a school?

    The process of closing a school from an operational standpoint is expected to take several months to a few years, from the time that it is announced. For instance, if the closure of a school is announced sometime in the Fall of 2016, the school would continue to operate for that school year and perhaps longer based on needed remediation of other sites. Some school will need to remain open to accommodate students from other schools that are undergoing seismic remediation. Other schools may close September 2017. At this point as specific sites have not been identified there are no definitive dates. The earliest would be September 2017. For more info see "FAQ's".