West Guelph French Immersion (FI) Boundary Review

COMMENT on Edward Johnson PS Interim Student Accommodation
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 Note: the deadline for public feedback for consideration in the final report is Thursday, August 31st


In January 2017, the report "The Annual French Review Process and JK Waitlist Process for the UGDSB French Immersion Program" was presented to Trustees. This report described a modified review process that would be undertaken to determine the feasibility of any new FI program(s) for 2018-19 and feasibility and location of any 2017-18 regional holding sites. 

In February 2017, Staff presented the 2016-2017 French Review Report. This report identified Willow Road PS as a regional holding school for the Guelph area on-time waitlisted students for the 2017/18 school year. The feasibility of a new 2018/19 FI program for West Guelph was also confirmed.

At the Program Committee meeting on May 2, 2017, staff presented the details for the new West Guelph FI program. Gateway Drive PS will accommodate JK-3 FI with students feeding into Grades 4-8 FI at Willow Road PS. The report indicated that Gateway Drive PS would begin with JK/SK in 2018/19 and grow by one grade per year. 

A process is needed to confirm the new JK-8 FI boundary for Gateway Drive PS and Willow Road PS while considering the impact of the new boundary on Paisley Road PS and John McCrae PS. The Initial Report of the boundary review was presented to Trustees at the Business Operations Committee meeting on May 9, 2017. This report describes Options 1-3, with Option 3 being the Staff Committee's recommended option. Direction from the Program Committee meeting on May 2, 2017 resulted in the creation of an additional option (Option 4) where Gateway Drive PS begins JK-3 in 2018/19 instead of just JK/SK. Option 4 was presented to the Business Operations Committee along with the Initial Report.

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Key Dates 

May 9, 2017 Business Operations Committee Meeting
Initial Boundary Review Report Presented 
       May 23, 2017      Board Meeting
Decision on Initial Boundary Review Report
Opportunity for Delegations
June 21, 2017 Public Information Session
Gateway Drive PS - Gym
33 Gateway Drive, Guelph
7:00-9:00 pm
Display Boards
Q & A
     Aug 31, 2017      Public Feedback Deadline
Last day to provide comments for consideration in the final report
Sept 12, 2017
Business Operations Committee Meeting
Final Boundary Review Report Presented
Opportunity for Delegations 
    Sept 26, 2017    Board Meeting
Decision on Final Boundary Review Report
Opportunity for Delegations

Public Information Session

A public information session was held on Wednesday, June 21 at Gateway Drive PS. This meeting was an opportunity for parents and the public an opportunity to learn about Staff's preferred boundary and ask questions or provide feedback on the review. Copies of the display boards, powerpoint presentation, and public Q&A are posted below.



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