Our Schools, Our Students, Our Future

In most of Richmond declining neighbourhood enrolment has resulted in under utilization of school capacity. In some schools student populations are so small that the School District cannot offer the optimal range of programs. Trustees need to make a decision on which schools to close to ensure facilities are used in an effective and fiscally responsible way.

We want to hear from you as we gather information to inform our decisions and make our way through this process. Please be advised that you may not receive a direct response. Please be assured that your communication has been forwarded to the Long Range Facilities Plan process. We appreciate your input.

In most of Richmond declining neighbourhood enrolment has resulted in under utilization of school capacity. In some schools student populations are so small that the School District cannot offer the optimal range of programs. Trustees need to make a decision on which schools to close to ensure facilities are used in an effective and fiscally responsible way.

We want to hear from you as we gather information to inform our decisions and make our way through this process. Please be advised that you may not receive a direct response. Please be assured that your communication has been forwarded to the Long Range Facilities Plan process. We appreciate your input.

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  • A Summary of Richmond School District Trustee Engagement and Advocacy

    13 days ago
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    July 1 - August 31, 2015
    Survey: How Do You Want To Be Engaged

    September 11 - October 9th, 2015
    Survey: Getting Your Child to School

    October 15 – November 16, 2015
    Open Houses and Online Survey Feedback

    • Thursday, October 15, 2015
    • Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
    • Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
    • Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
    • Thursday, October 29th, 2015
    • Online Survey: Open House Feedback

    November 16, 2015 – May 2016

    Evaluate Feedback

    December 7, 2015
    Trustee Meeting with Mike Bernier, Minister of Education

    • Discussed the Districts strategic plan, developmental objectives, adequate capital funding for schools and funding for seismic upgrading.

    April... Continue reading

    July 1 - August 31, 2015
    Survey: How Do You Want To Be Engaged

    September 11 - October 9th, 2015
    Survey: Getting Your Child to School

    October 15 – November 16, 2015
    Open Houses and Online Survey Feedback

    • Thursday, October 15, 2015
    • Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
    • Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
    • Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
    • Thursday, October 29th, 2015
    • Online Survey: Open House Feedback

    November 16, 2015 – May 2016

    Evaluate Feedback

    December 7, 2015
    Trustee Meeting with Mike Bernier, Minister of Education

    • Discussed the Districts strategic plan, developmental objectives, adequate capital funding for schools and funding for seismic upgrading.

    April 22, 2016

    Trustee Meeting with MLA Teresa Wat, Linda Reid and John Yap

    • Discussed the Long Range Facilities Plan and advocated on behalf of parents and the community regarding their concerns of a 95 per cent capacity requirement and how it is calculated.
    • Administration cuts and exempt staff compensation were also discussed.

    May 17 – May 19, 2016

    LRFP Open Houses Spring 2016

    • Tuesday, May 17, 2016
    • Wednesday, May 18, 2016
    • Thursday, May 19, 2016

    May 2016 – Fall 2016

    Evaluate Feedback

    June 10, 2016
    Trustee Meeting with MLA Teresa Wat, Linda Reid and John Yap

    • Discussed the Long Range Facilities Plan and advocated on behalf of parents and the community regarding their concerns of a 95 per cent capacity requirement and how it is calculated.
    • Budget cuts, exempt staff compensation and international students were also discussed.

    June 20, 2016
    Trustee Discussion with Dave Byng, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education

    • Discussed the Long Range Facilities Plan and clarified concerns of a 95 per cent capacity requirement.

  • An Update from Superintendent Sherry Elwood: Clarification of Utilization Targets

    2 months ago
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    To our Parents and Community,

    I am following up on information that the District recently received from the Ministry of Education in regards to the 95 per cent utilization target for Capital Planning requests.

    Since 2008, school districts have been using utilization targets to support the business cases required by the Ministry of Education for new space acquisition and seismic mediation. Our discussions with the Ministry have been guided by the need to show purposeful action in maximizing our utilization rates from their current rate of 81 per cent towards a target rate of 95 per cent. This work also... Continue reading



    To our Parents and Community,

    I am following up on information that the District recently received from the Ministry of Education in regards to the 95 per cent utilization target for Capital Planning requests.

    Since 2008, school districts have been using utilization targets to support the business cases required by the Ministry of Education for new space acquisition and seismic mediation. Our discussions with the Ministry have been guided by the need to show purposeful action in maximizing our utilization rates from their current rate of 81 per cent towards a target rate of 95 per cent. This work also needs to recognize shifting demographics within our District as well as a continuing decline in enrolment.

    Recent consultation with the Ministry of Education's Capital Division affirmed that our work towards efficiency is appropriate. Linked to this update is a letter from the Ministry of Education’s Capital Division which we hope will help clarify some of your concerns surrounding our long range facilities planning process.

    We have openly shared in our consultation process with the Richmond community that we continue to be challenged with seismic issues and difficulties in offering equitable programming. These are our own District issues which we need to solve to provide long term sustainability for our students.

    We will continue to listen to the Richmond community and work with the Ministry of Education as we move forward with our long range facilities planning.

    Respectfully,

    Sherry Elwood
    Superintendent of Schools

    Ministry of Education Capital Division: SMP Clarification
  • You Asked...We Answered #20

    2 months ago
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    Question:

    I cannot find the option boards for each school, as presented at the open house. Where and when will this information be available online?

    Answer:

    The option boards for each school were made available on the Let's Talk website in the Document Library in the folder titled Open House Information. The specific file is titled "May 26 Open House Presentation Boards".


    Question:

    I cannot find the option boards for each school, as presented at the open house. Where and when will this information be available online?

    Answer:

    The option boards for each school were made available on the Let's Talk website in the Document Library in the folder titled Open House Information. The specific file is titled "May 26 Open House Presentation Boards".


  • You Asked...We Answered #19

    2 months ago
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    Question:

    Will children be moved to an H1 school while upgrades to their catchment school are done? For example, an H1 school is planned to be shut down. Students in neighbouring H2 or H3 schools are moved to that H1 while their schools are upgraded, then moved back once upgrades are complete. We purposefully moved to a neighbourhood that did not have an H1 school. It would be absolutely unacceptable for children to be moved to a school that is considered unsafe. Thank you in advance for your reply.

    Response:

    Student safety is a priority of the Richmond School District... Continue reading

    Question:

    Will children be moved to an H1 school while upgrades to their catchment school are done? For example, an H1 school is planned to be shut down. Students in neighbouring H2 or H3 schools are moved to that H1 while their schools are upgraded, then moved back once upgrades are complete. We purposefully moved to a neighbourhood that did not have an H1 school. It would be absolutely unacceptable for children to be moved to a school that is considered unsafe. Thank you in advance for your reply.

    Response:

    Student safety is a priority of the Richmond School District and we will work to the best of our ability to provide safe learning environments.

    The Ministry of Education has prioritized seismic mitigation into two major funding phases:

    Funding Phase 1: the Ministry will fund the repair of H1 and H2 schools

    Funding Phase 2: the Ministry will fund the repair of H3 schools.

    Funding Phase 1 schools are likely to be seismically upgraded prior to any work commencing on either of the Funding Phase 2 schools.

    Of the 16 schools being discussed for potential closure, all of them belong to Funding Phase 1 except Diefenbaker and McKinney.

    As a result, the most likely situation will be moving students between schools of similar seismic impediments. If a school is needed to temporarily provide accommodation for Diefenbaker or McKinney students, the temporary location for the students is likely to have been upgraded by that time.


  • Let's Talk SD38 Open House Survey to Close on Friday, June 10 at 4 p.m.

    3 months ago
    Reminder
    We would like to provide a friendly reminder that the May Open House Survey will close on Friday, June 10 at 4 p.m.

    We want to hear from you as we gather information to inform our decisions and make our way through this process.

    Survey link: http://bit.ly/1YbMZ4Z

    We would like to provide a friendly reminder that the May Open House Survey will close on Friday, June 10 at 4 p.m.

    We want to hear from you as we gather information to inform our decisions and make our way through this process.

    Survey link: http://bit.ly/1YbMZ4Z

  • "You Asked...We Answered #18"

    3 months ago
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    It took us a long time to get into a before and after school program (West Richmond) that services the school our child attends (Gilmore, French Immersion). Will the district be working with before and after school programs to accommodate the increase of children who need these services if we are relocated to Ferris Elementary, as the wait-lists can be substantial and often give priority to those who are already attending or have siblings that attend?

    The Richmond School District will be working with day care providers to support our families when closure decisions are made.

    It took us a long time to get into a before and after school program (West Richmond) that services the school our child attends (Gilmore, French Immersion). Will the district be working with before and after school programs to accommodate the increase of children who need these services if we are relocated to Ferris Elementary, as the wait-lists can be substantial and often give priority to those who are already attending or have siblings that attend?

    The Richmond School District will be working with day care providers to support our families when closure decisions are made.
  • "You Asked...We Answered #17"

    3 months ago
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    Because Gilmore Elementary is a French immersion school, has anyone done a study on the impact to the French immersion program if Gilmore Elementary does close? Concern being that many parents may not continue with the French immersion program if they were reassigned to a school considerably farther away from home (i.e. Ferris Elementary).

    At the moment there have been no studies on the specific implications of moving EFI at Gilmore or any other school. As we move forward, all options will be reviewed in more detail along with the feedback we received at the open houses.



    Because Gilmore Elementary is a French immersion school, has anyone done a study on the impact to the French immersion program if Gilmore Elementary does close? Concern being that many parents may not continue with the French immersion program if they were reassigned to a school considerably farther away from home (i.e. Ferris Elementary).

    At the moment there have been no studies on the specific implications of moving EFI at Gilmore or any other school. As we move forward, all options will be reviewed in more detail along with the feedback we received at the open houses.



  • "You Asked...We Answered #16"

    3 months ago
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    I have seen a lot of information about the closure of elementary schools. Are you also looking at closing secondary schools, and if so, what is the timeline for this process?

    The District will begin discussions about secondary school programming and facilities after we have made a decision on the elementary school closures.

    I have seen a lot of information about the closure of elementary schools. Are you also looking at closing secondary schools, and if so, what is the timeline for this process?

    The District will begin discussions about secondary school programming and facilities after we have made a decision on the elementary school closures.

  • "You Asked...We Answered #15"

    3 months ago
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    Can school closures be used as a reason for an extraordinary reason for transferring schools?

    As the decision about school closures will not be made until October 2016 the District will not be considering school closure as a reason for a Late Transfer Application for the 2016 / 2017 school year.

    Can school closures be used as a reason for an extraordinary reason for transferring schools?

    As the decision about school closures will not be made until October 2016 the District will not be considering school closure as a reason for a Late Transfer Application for the 2016 / 2017 school year.

  • "You Asked... We Answered #14"

    3 months ago
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    How is the 15 minutes walking distance measured (e.g., door-to-door, corner of one catchment to another)? We noticed that two of the "replacement" schools if ours is closed are significantly longer than 15 minutes, especially for little legs.

    A "walkshed" is defined as the land area within a defined walking range of a specific location.

    At the Fall Open Houses, the District heard that it was important to provide Elementary school children with the ability to walk to school within 15 minutes.The 15 minute walking distance was measured from each of the elementary school addresses using web-based mapping software. The... Continue reading

    How is the 15 minutes walking distance measured (e.g., door-to-door, corner of one catchment to another)? We noticed that two of the "replacement" schools if ours is closed are significantly longer than 15 minutes, especially for little legs.

    A "walkshed" is defined as the land area within a defined walking range of a specific location.

    At the Fall Open Houses, the District heard that it was important to provide Elementary school children with the ability to walk to school within 15 minutes.The 15 minute walking distance was measured from each of the elementary school addresses using web-based mapping software. The District realizes that age and mobility issues of some children may extend this walk time however the intend is that it is a reasonable guide.