Vista/ Hunt Club Review
review was scheduled to begin in the Alta Vista/Hunt Club area in April
2017. The review has been delayed and is now scheduled to begin in
The District is
holding a Community Meeting for parents and community members in the Alta
Vista/Hunt Club area. The meeting will be held at:
2597 Alta Vista Drive – Cafeteria
Monday, May 29, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE
Childcare will be available
At the meeting,
the District will explain why an accommodation review is being planned and how
the review process works. Parents and community members will have a chance
to share information about their school and their community. There will
also be an opportunity to share thoughts about how the District can best
communicate with you during this process.
meeting is a chance for the District to hear your thoughts and to help in the
development of options/ recommendations that will be considered this coming September
2017. Staff will not be presenting options/recommendations at this meeting.
brought you here?
- Supporting Student Learning through Accommodation Reviews
· Your Thoughts About the Review Process - Activity
- What are some things you’d like the
district to hear about the review process
· Tell Us What Matters to You
is important to you about your school?
factors/unique things about your community do you think need to be considered?
can we best engage you through this process?
· Insights and Questions
· Wrap-up and Closing
The Alta Vista /Hunt Club Review will include the following schools:
Vista Public School
Street Public School
Park Public School
H. Hulse Public School
Drive Public School
Drive Public School
Vanier Public School
Park Public School
Bateman Public School
Bondar Public School
Creek Elementary School
Massey Public School
will be provided in advance of the meeting.
next 5 years the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) will be
conducting student learning and pupil accommodation reviews that will cover
most geographic areas across Ottawa.
What does this mean?
This means we are reviewing our
schools, programs and student enrolment to ensure we have sustainable and
vibrant learning environments. There will be recommendations for change; this
may include changes in grade structure at a particular school (eg. K-5 school
becomes K-6), changes in program offerings (eg. adding or removing
Middle or Early French Immersion), changes in school boundaries, and
in some cases school closure.
Why are the
reviews being done?
These reviews are designed
to enhance opportunities for student learning. In order to provide the
best learning environments for students, the district has to look at student
enrolment, pupil space, school building conditions and program offerings and
ensure all of these things are balanced. Over the past five years, the
OCDSB has reviewed and updated our Elementary School Program Framework and our Secondary School Program Framework. These involved a
series of reviews of how programs are offered and what changes to program
delivery could better support student learning. In addition, there have
been changes in provincial policy and funding which require school districts to
deal with unused pupil space. These reviews are the formal opportunity for the
district to consider all of these issues and make recommendations which will
better support student learning.
How is student learning enhanced through the review?
The potential benefits of the reviews are very broad and
- the range of programming and courses available;
- fewer transitions for students (reducing the number of
school moves that a student has to make and the number of schools that students
are directed to at transition points);
- sufficient enrolment to support course offerings, sports
teams and other extracurricular activities;
- the availability of specialized support services for
individual students or small groups;
- improvements to and/or improved access for grade 7 and 8
students to specialized facilities, such as gyms, libraries, design and
technology, music and science rooms in secondary schools;
- improved school building conditions; and
- improved accessibility features with respect to entry,
movement within the facility and outdoor play space.
The Ministry of Education funds schools on a per-student basis. And
in some areas of Ottawa, our OCDSB schools are operating at less than 60%
capacity where others are operating at more than 100% capacity. Therefore to
help keep education funds focused on student needs, we must manage the costs
associated with empty space in schools. These reviews are the process
that school districts must use in order to make decisions about school
accommodation planning including school closures.
The proposals for change will result in wider program
opportunities for students at the District level, better consolidation of
support services for students, more equitable access to programs of choice and
facilities that are in better condition to support student learning.