NEW -- If plan 3 goes ahead, will there be bussing available in the evening for students taking part in extracurricular activities?
This could be a consideration for the Board. If plan 3 goes ahead, extra busses could be placed on the road for at least a year to provide support for extracurricular activities after school. The long-term plan to support transportation for extracurricular activities would be determined by the Board in consultation with the District. The District and Board is always reviewing its transportation policies and procedures.
NEW -- If plan 3 goes ahead, this will increase the number of bus trips and will add to the District’s carbon footprint. Is the District taking the environment into consideration when planning a middle school for the DW Poppy region?
The Langley School District is committed to sustainability and has supported a number of environmental and energy conservation initiatives across the District. The District is taking the environment along with other factors into consideration when planning a middle school for the DW Poppy region. The District is aware increased bus trips will produce more emissions. Sustainability also includes operating facilities that are more efficient and use less energy. It is challenging to meet goals when the student population is not at full capacity.
NEW -- If plan 3 goes ahead, will we see French Immersion? What programs will we see at Aldergrove Secondary School? What will happen to the trades programs at ACSS? Will we see more advanced placement courses? What will happen to all of the programs at DW Poppy such as band, sports, theatre, BCIT, etc.?
At this point, it is difficult to determine all of the programs expected to be offered at Aldergrove Secondary School if plan 3 goes ahead. In general, implementing a program is driven by interest and enrollment numbers.
An increase in students at ACSS, could lead to an interest in French Immersion. Currently, there are no plans to change any of the trade programs at ACSS or advanced placement courses. No decisions on programming and courses can be determined, until a Board decision is made. As mentioned above, interest from students and enrollment numbers are the main driver behind school programs such as trades and advanced placement courses.
In relation to DW Poppy programs, the District would make efforts to maintain these programs at its new location. With the increase in student population, the expectation would be more robust programs.
The District would be using secondary student guides from other schools in the District when planning programming.
NEW -- What will happen to all of the programs at DW Poppy if it becomes a middle school under plan 1 and plan 2? What will happen to band, sports, theatre, athletics programs for the secondary students, etc.?
Under plan 1, DW Poppy as a middle school, would have programming that would be similar to all the other middle schools in the District. For secondary students, the District would make efforts to maintain the same programs.
Under plan 2, DW Poppy as a middle school there would be similar programming to all the other middle schools in the District. For secondary students, the District would make efforts to maintain the same programs. The only consideration would be potential changes in timing/resources/facilities due to the sharing of facilities by both the middle school and secondary school.
NEW -- Under plan 3, what will happen to Betty Gilbert? What will happen to all of the feeder elementary schools in Aldergrove under plan 3? Alternatively, what would happen to all the feeder elementary schools under plan 1 and plan 2?
At this point, it is difficult to determine what would happen to Betty Gilbert. Any changes or potential reconfigurations would be dependent on the Board’s decision. Under all three of the plans, any feeder elementary school would become a grade K-5 school. Under all three of the plans, there are no plans to close any of the feeder schools in both the DW Poppy and Aldergrove catchment at this time.
NEW -- If plan 3 goes ahead, what will happen when students get sick and need a ride home? Some families living in both the Aldergrove and DW Poppy catchment of schools don’t have a vehicle?
For all schools in the District, if a student is sick there is a medical room available for a student to stay in until they are able to go home safely. The school calls parents/guardians to inform them of their child’s illness and for them to pick up their child. Currently, there is no procedure in place to provide transportation for families without a vehicle but it is an idea the Board could consider.
NEW -- Why is option 3 being suggested when it was rejected in 2016? In 2016 the District sent a letter to DW Poppy families clarifying how a suggestion for option 3 was redacted from the local newspaper?
The District stands by its position in 2016 about how option 3 was not at the table at that time. The District realizes that situations and the needs of school communities can change. Plan 3 came out of preliminary consultation with transition committees in both the DW Poppy and Aldergrove families of schools.
NEW -- The District had a surplus in 2018, why isn’t any of this money being put into DW Poppy schools? Why can’t the District spend more money on DW Poppy?
The District has spent $1.3 million on DW Poppy in the last five years. Renovations have included improvements to the gym, creation of common areas, electrical work, painting, new windows and floors. With a lower student enrolment, the District is subsidizing the school in order for it to operate as close to the level of other schools in the District.
NEW -- Why isn’t a third party being hired to execute the consultation, collate and analyze the data?
In the past, the District has executed public consultations with and without public engagement firms. The Board motion requested for District staff to execute the public consultation. The District has proven in the past it has upheld values of integrity and transparency in its previous consultations.
NEW -- Has the District taken into consideration the amount of development that is expected in Aldergrove?
The District always takes future development and projected student enrolment into consideration. District staff are reviewing data in the five- and ten-year range when it comes to planning for all catchments. The District recognizes there will be some growth in the Aldergrove catchment in the next decade. The District’s plan 3 is in alignment with student enrolment projections for both the Aldergrove and DW Poppy catchment.
NEW -- Why can’t you turn Aldergrove Community Secondary School into the grade 6-12 model?
At this point, this is not one of the options outlined in the public consultation. This idea as well as other ideas could be up for consideration by the Board.
NEW -- Has the District taken the catchment boundaries into consideration?
The District is continually reviewing catchment boundaries when planning schools. Catchment boundaries could change, these alterations would be dependent on the Board’s decision.
What is the purpose of the consultation process?
The process taking place in Fall 2019 is to inform the public of the three middle school transition plans and gather feedback necessary for the District to make a recommendation to the Board. The Board will make a decision on the District’s recommendation. The public will be consulted. Please refer to International Association for Public Participation graphic below for definition of consult.
On June 18, 2019, the Board of Education passed the following motion:
“That District staff commence a consultation process with parents and staff in the DW Poppy and Aldergrove families of schools and Coghlan Fundamental Elementary, regarding the three options presented to the Transition Committee, and report back to the Board of Education at their Regular Meeting in December 2019 with the feedback they receive and possible next steps.”
What are the three plans considered by the Langley School District?
- Plan 1: Re-submit the request for capital funding to the Ministry of Education.
- Plan 2: Place portables onsite to accommodate at least one middle school grade.
- Plan 3: DW Poppy becomes a standalone middle school and Aldergrove Community Secondary School would become the feeder secondary school for both catchments.
How did the District come up with these plans?
District staff conducted initial consultation with a Transition Committee made up of administration, teachers, and parents in the impacted family of school communities. The committee discussed plans based on three non-negotiable considerations: educational programming, student safety and well-being, and facility. These three factors along with the District’s vision, values and Framework for Enhanced Student Learning guided the discussions.
Why does the District need to transition DW Poppy into a middle school?
The Board decided in 2017 for the District to move to the middle school model.
The Board of Education passed the following motions at the May 30, 2017 regular meeting of the Board regarding middle schools in the DW Poppy region of the District:
“That the Board of Education approves the establishment of a Grade 6 to 12 middle/secondary education delivery model at the DW Poppy Secondary facility and directs staff to establish a Transition Committee to report back to the Board by December 2017 with an implementation plan for establishing the model which will include a timeline, facility change requirements and education programming implications.”
“That the Board of Education directs staff to report back to the Board by December 2017 on facility implications for the elementary schools in the DW Poppy zone by transitioning to a Kindergarten to Grade 5 education delivery model.”
“That the Board of Education directs staff to include representation from Coghlan Elementary as part of the DW Poppy Transition Committee and report back to the Board by December 2017 with an implementation plan to transition Coghlan to a Kindergarten to Grade 5 model.”
“That the Board of Education directs staff to report back to the Board by December 2017 on facility implications for Coghlan Fundamental Elementary School by transitioning to a Kindergarten to Grade 5 education delivery model.”
When will the consultation process take place?
Consultation will begin September 18, 2019 and conclude November 15, 2019. Feedback submitted before September 18, 2019 will be included in the consultation summary. Due to time constraints, any feedback submitted after November 15, 2019 will not be included in the consultation summary. A summary of the feedback will be presented to the public at the same time as it is presented to the Board.
Where will consultation public meetings take place?
Public meetings will take place at the following locations:
Date Time School Communities Location Wed., Sept. 18 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Betty Gilbert Middle School/Parkside Centennial Elementary School Betty Gilbert Middle School Thur., Sept. 26 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. North Otter Elementary/Wix-Brown Elementary School North Otter Elementary Thur., Oct. 3 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Aldergrove Community Secondary School/Shortreed Elementary School Aldergrove Community Secondary School Thur., Oct. 10 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. DW Poppy Secondary School DW Poppy Secondary School Wed., Oct. 16 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fort Langley Elementary Fort Langley Elementary Wed., Oct. 23 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Peterson Road Elementary School/Coghlan Fundamental Elementary School Peterson Road Elementary School Thur., Nov. 12 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Districtwide School Board Office – livestream
How meaningful is public input?
Public input is critical to help inform District staff before making a final recommendation to the Board. It also informs the Board ahead of making a final decision on a middle school transition plan. The District is seeking input from staff, students, parents, and the broader community. All of the information collected in the consultation process will be shared with District staff and the Board to help make a final recommendation and decision.
How can I provide my feedback?
When will the Board decide?
The Board is expected to make a decision at the regular board meeting on December 10, 2019.
Once the Board makes a decision, when will the plan be put in place?
The implementation of the plan is dependent on the Board’s decision.
What potential learning opportunities or programs will we see if DW Poppy Secondary School adds portables on site for at least one grade group (plan 2)?
There will be new explorations offered to the younger grade group. A split bell schedule is likely in order to accommodate the needs of both the middle school and secondary school programming. The two groups of students would be sharing the same facility and staff. With this plan, the schedule for middle school students would be fixed with limited flexibility which can impact the variety of courses available for students. The courses available would be similar to what you would find at other middle schools in the District such as HD Stafford and Yorkson Creek middle schools.
What potential learning opportunities or programs will we see if DW Poppy becomes a standalone middle school (plan 3)?
DW Poppy middle school students will see new explorations and flexible scheduling. Similar to HD Stafford and Yorkson Creek middle schools, the explorations will cater to students’ passions. With this plan, scheduling and programming is not dependent on the sharing of staffing and the facility.
What potential learning opportunities or programs will we see if Aldergrove Community Secondary School becomes a high school encompassing students from both DW Poppy and Aldergrove family of schools (plan 3)?
Aldergrove Community Secondary School will see an increased flexibility and variety of courses. Students will be able to choose advanced placement courses much like you would see at Walnut Grove Secondary School. Students will also get to choose from more extracurricular activities and clubs, and Career Ed programs such as BCIT courses.
What would enrollment look like under each plan? (approximate numbers only for 2020-2021 school year)
Plan 1 – Re-submit the request for capital funding to the Ministry of Education.
Middle Enrollment Secondary Enrollment 300-350 600-650
*Based on approved funding from province
Plan 2 – Place portables onsite to accommodate at least one middle school grade.
Middle Enrollment Secondary Enrollment 300-350 600-650
Plan 3 – DW Poppy becomes a standalone middle school and Aldergrove Community Secondary School would become the feeder secondary school for both catchments.
Secondary Enrollment *Aldergrove 700 1100
What does bussing under plan 1 look like?
If funding from the province comes through, busses could be making two trips to accommodate students.
What will bussing under plan 2 look like?
Busses could be making two trips to accommodate students.
What will bussing under plan 3 look like?
Students will be bussed and the District’s goal is to keep trips at a maximum of 40 minutes.
If plan 3 goes ahead, will there be enough buses for extra-curricular activities and field trips?
This could be a consideration for the Board. If plan 3 goes ahead, extra busses could be placed on the road for at least a year to provide support for extracurricular activities.
Will these buses be taken away from other schools/catchments?
No. Buses are not expected to be taken away from other schools/catchments.
Will there be later buses for students involved in after school activities?
This could be a consideration for the Board. If plan 3 goes ahead, extra busses could be placed on the road for at least a year to provide support for extracurricular activities after school.