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Winnipeg School Division Community consultation with
École LaVérendrye, Earl Grey School, École Robert H. Smith School and Sir William Osler School
Due to concerns raised by parents regarding the increase in student enrolment in the French Immersion program, in particular, at École LaVérendrye, the Board of Trustees agreed to revisit this matter and explore possible options and solutions to provide assistance to the community in addressing spacing issues.
An overview on possible short term solutions for the 2015/2016 school year and long term solutions effective by the 2016/2017 school year was undertaken which included relocation of a portion of the École LaVérendrye program or certain grade levels to Earl Grey School; relocating the Earl Grey School grade 7 and 8 Junior High programs; establishment of a milieu school in an existing setting such as École Robert H. Smith School or Sir William Osler School; opening a new milieu school; and maintaining status quo at École LaVérendrye.
Questions and Answers
What are parents being consulted about?
The Board of Trustees is asking parents and community stakeholders for their feedback on the possible short and long term solutions to address the growing need for French milieu schools in the South District. The Board wants to know how various solutions will effect the community and minimize disruption while addressing space issues.
Who is being consulted and when?
- Parents and guardians with children attending École LaVérendrye, Earl Grey School, École Robert H. Smith School (February 25 – March 15, 2015)
- Residents living in the area of Sir William Osler School (February 25 – March 15, 2015)
- Daycare operators in this community (March 18 – 31, 2015)
- The community-at-large (February 25 – March 15, 2015)
- Staff at École LaVérendrye, Earl Grey School, and École Robert H. Smith School (February 25 – March 15, 2015)
How is the consultation going to happen?
The Winnipeg School Division has retained Prairie Research Associates (PRA) to do the consultation. A letter will be sent home to parents with a web address to complete an online survey as well as information regarding each of the possible solutions that have been identified. The letter, to be sent home with one child per family attending each school identified, will be followed up with a phone call to confirm receipt and completion of the survey. Parents who request a paper survey will be provided with one. In circumstances when parents do not reside together, each parent will receive a letter and survey. For residents near Sir William Osler School, a door-to-door survey is being undertaken.
The consultation will also include separate focus groups with parents from École LaVérendrye, Earl Grey School, and École Robert H. Smith School. When the surveys and focus groups have been completed there will be town hall meetings at each school to provide the results of the consultation.
Where do I enrol my child for this fall?
Until the Board of Trustees has received feedback from the consultation process and makes a decision regarding future programming, parents and guardians should enrol their children based on current programming.
What will happen to the daycares and Before and After School programs in the schools?
Even though the daycares are independent of the school (daycares lease space in the schools) they will be included in the consultation process. Before and After School programs will continue to be offered provided space is available in the school.