Will current students be grandparented?
Grandparenting clauses have not yet been discussed and will be determined through the review process.
Can families request to stay at their current school instead of moving to a different school?
When a decision to move an area to a different school occurs, students are expected to transfer to that school, subject to any grandparenting provisions that may be determined through this review.
Where should I register my child for kindergarten?
As no decisions have been made on changes to school boundaries, please register your child at your existing/home school as normal. Should school boundaries change after you register your child, you will be notified of the change and any necessary information you will need for your new school will be provided.
Have any boundary change decisions already been made?
No. The Board of Trustees will decide on any changes to school boundaries on April 27, 2020.
When are we moving?
As noted above, no decisions have been made by the Board of Trustees. However, staff has recommended a September 2020 implementation date to address the lack of capacity at St. John.
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. In order to keep the process as transparent as possible, the preference is to have a boundary review committee member wear only one “hat”.
Are the two options in the Initial Staff Report the only options that are being considered?
Other options will be considered by the BRC if there is supporting rationale.
How can I provide feedback?
There will be two public meetings: January 20, 2020 and February 12, 2020. Parents, guardians, and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to provide feedback on options and implementation recommendations through a survey tool. Written comments can also be sent to email@example.com. All written comments will be shared with the Boundary Review Committee and the Board of Trustees prior to a decision.
Once a recommendation is provided, there will be two opportunities for parents and stakeholders to register as a delegation to the Board of Trustees 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?
Why are you doing this review now?
St. John is the fastest growing Catholic elementary school in the Region. It also has one of the smallest sites. There are currently six portables on site which occupy a large portion of the playground. Additional portables would reduce the playground further and may require additional washrooms in the school. An immediate solution is needed for St. John.
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 into 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, etc.), internal enrolment analyses, experiences of other school boards, and regional population forecasts.