Programs Could Be Removed at Hopewell!
The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDB) is undergoing a proposed new framework for schools. In theory parents are currently being consulted and there is a survey on the OCDSB website (the deadline is December 13. 2016 to share your opinion).
However, many parents do not seem to be aware of this survey, its deadline, nor the implications. The OCDSB makes reference to single track versus dual track schools. For example, an all English or all Early French Immersion (EFI) is a single track school such as the changes to Elgin Street Public School that occurred this year. English students are now being sent to Centennial Public School. The key change that the OCDSB is proposing across the board is that there needs to be: “at least one-and-a-half classes per grade, per program. This provides flexibility for student placement and allows for teacher collaboration in support of student learning”. If there are insufficient students, those programs would likely be removed. Currently at Hopewell Avenue Public School, both the English program and the Middle French Immersion programs do not have enrollment numbers that would satisfy the criteria of 1.5 classes per grade and so Hopewell would become a “single track school”.
If Old Ottawa South residents are opposed to single track schools and are in favor of community schools (“dual-track”) that reflect the diversity of our community, then you are encouraged to share your opinion through the survey which can be found here: