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 Thur., Oct. 17
Wed., Oct. 16 *New
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. 7
Tues., Nov. 12 *New
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.