Why are you doing this review now?
The primary purpose of this boundary review is to establish boundaries for the new St. Patrick Elementary and East Kitchener 7-12 Catholic Schools in advance of their opening (anticipated September 2024). A decision in November 2022 will allow a year and a half for transition planning and notice for affected families that are required to move school.
Will current students be provided with legacy exceptions?
Legacy exceptions will be determined through the boundary review process.
Staff have proposed that the East Kitchener 7-12 School opens with grades 7-10 and grow a grade every year as per the 7-12 Program Review recommendations that was completed in the 2020/21 School Year. This may be reviewed further during the boundary review process.
Can families request to stay at their current school instead of moving to a different school?
When a decision to change school boundaries occurs, students are expected to transfer to that school, subject to any legacy exceptions that may be determined through the boundary review.
Where should I register my child for kindergarten or grade 9?
No decisions have been made on changes to school boundaries, please register your child at your current/home school. Please visit: Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region for school direction information.
Have any boundary change decisions already been made?
No. The Board of Trustees will decide on any changes to school boundaries in November 2022.
When are students changing schools?
As noted above, no decisions have been made by the Board of Trustees. Staff will be recommending implementation to occur when the new St. Patrick Elementary and East Kitchener 7-12 Schools open.
What is the rationale for not allowing school staff and their immediate family members to be on the Boundary Review Committee (BRC)?
Board staff and their immediate family may have competing interests in their roles as parents and employees of the Board, whether real or perceived. To keep the process as transparent as possible, the preference is to have a boundary review committee member who does not appear biased.
Are the six options in the Initial Staff Report the only options that are being considered?
The BRC may consider other options if there is sufficient rationale.
How can I provide feedback?
There will be two public meetings: June 9, 2022 and September 14, 2022. Parents, guardians, and other stakeholders will also have the opportunity to provide feedback on options and implementation recommendations through a survey tool. Written comments can also be sent to EastKitchener@wcdsb.ca. All written comments will be shared with the BRC and the Board of Trustees prior to any decision.
Once recommendations are provided to the Board of Trustees, there will be two opportunities for parents and stakeholders to register as a delegation to address the Board directly with their comments, prior to a decision.
All opinions are welcome and we encourage parents and stakeholders to THINK before sending their comments (this is what we teach our students).
Is it True?
Is it Helpful?
Is it Inspiring?
Is it Necessary?
Is it Kind?
How are enrolment projections created?
There are four elements to enrolment projections: existing enrolment, housing development, retention rates (the number of students in Grade X that enter Grade X+1 the following year), and birth data (used to predict the number of students entering into JK for years later).
In addition, the Board’s enrolment projections are informed by municipal planning processes (e.g., Official Plans, Environmental Assessments, Secondary Plans, Draft Plans of Subdivision, etc.), internal enrolment analyses, experiences of other school boards, and regional population forecasts.