June 27, 2017 - Alta
Vista Hunt Club Accommodation Review will NOT Proceed in September
District School Board will NOT proceed with an accommodation review in the Alta
Vista/Hunt Club Area this fall. The review was planned to begin in
September 2017. The Board of Trustees was to approve the timelines for
the review on Monday, June 26th. Instead, the Board of Trustees referred
the item back to staff until more information is available.
The Ministry of
Education has advised that they will be making an announcement tomorrow.
That announcement is expected to include changes to the pupil accommodation
review guidelines. While these changes would not affect any review that
has already been completed, changes would affect the process and timelines for
new reviews. Knowing this, the Board did not want to start a new review with
uncertainty about the review process. As a result, the item was referred back
to staff until more information becomes available.
The OCDSB would like to
extend sincere thanks to all parents, students, staff and community members who
have taken an interest in this issue, including those who participated in the
Community Input Meeting on May 29th. We remain committed to working
with all members of our community to support student achievement and
well-being. Over the next two months, staff will review the Ministry
announcement to consider what changes are required and to determine next
steps. We remain committed to sharing additional details with the
community when more information is available.
On May 29, 2017 the
District held a Community Input Meeting for parents and community members in
the Alta Vista/Hunt Club area. At the meeting, the District
explained why an accommodation review is being planned and how the review
process works. You can view the staff presentation from the meeting here. To help inform the development of
the options/recommendation, attendees were asked:
· What is important to you about your school?
In response, we heard
about the importance of a diverse school community, a sense of belonging,
proximity/walkability to school, access to extra-curricular activities, and
quality education, among other things.
· What factors/unique things about your community
do you think need to be considered?
information about the unique aspects of their school buildings and properties,
green space and school yards, access to community resources (e.g., parks,
recreation centres), neighbourhood demographics, relationships with teachers
and/or administrators, etc.
· How can we best engage you through this process?
participants asked to be contacted via email. Other suggestions included
website updates, social media, online feedback tools, and translation
into different languages. There were also requests for meetings, including
meetings at individual schools. Participants also highlighted the need
for communication to be open and honest, with as much detail as possible.
We have explored themes
and trends in the responses and created a one-page summary by school, when sufficient information was provided. These
summaries can be found below.
We also used this
opportunity to collect feedback online about the review
process. Using an online tool, participants were asked to share
their thoughts and assign stars to the thoughts of others. There
were many great thoughts and we have responded to some of the key issues that
emerged. You can read the results under the discover tab, here.
Although the timeline
for the review has been delayed, the feedback obtained from the community input
meeting has been insightful for staff and will be valuable for future planning.