Sun Peaks Consultation

Sun Peaks Elementary

The Board of Education of School District No. 73 (Kamloops-Thompson) is serving notice that a re-configuration of Sun Peaks Elementary School is being considered to integrate grade 8 and 9 students for Sept. 2020.

As per Board Policy 13 the consultation period regarding the re-configuration of Sun Peaks Elementary School is now open. A public consultation meeting is planned for Jan. 20, from 5 to 7 pm, at the Hearthstone Lodge in Sun Peaks. 

Discussion


The community consultation period is to obtain feedback on the proposed plan to re-configure Sun Peaks Elementary School to fully integrate grades 8 and 9 into the school for the 2020-2021 school year. This would lead to the implementation of a five-day per week school calendar to best accommodate hours of instruction. The community will also be consulted on the name change to Sun Peaks School from Sun Peaks Elementary.

The public consultation meeting is planned for Monday, Jan. 20, from 5 to 7 pm, at the Hearthstone Lodge in Sun Peaks. For more information, please read the Sun Peaks Reconfiguration memo, Dec. 12, 2019.

Background


In 2012, a K-7 school was established at Sun Peaks, and, as the enrolment grew, the District`s 2018 Capital Plan included a submission for a school at Sun Peaks. Currently, the Sun Peaks Education Society supports on-line programs for secondary students that are delivered through @KOOL School. Some staffing resources from @KOOL School are used to support secondary students accessing distributed learning course work.

On Oct. 29, 2019, Maria Cannon, President of the Sun Peaks Education Society, sent a letter requesting that the Board consider options to fully integrate the grade 8 and grade 9 students into Sun Peaks Elementary.

Staffing Considerations


With additional students in the school, increased staffing will also be needed in the form of an additional 1.0 FTE teacher. The cost of this additional position will be covered by the increased student enrolment. The levels of ancillary supports such a library, preparation coverage, learning assistance, certified educational assistant support and administrative time will need to be reviewed. Face-to-face traditional teaching and blended learning may need to be considered for the grade 8 and 9 students to cover the range of curricular areas students are expected to learn.

School Calendar


Another consideration is the school calendar. According to the Ministry of Education regulations a School Board is legislated to offer 853 hours of kindergarten, 878 hours for grades 1-7 and 952 hours for grades 8-12.  An additional 99 hours of instruction is therefore required to operate a secondary program. A five-day schedule will be required to accommodate the secondary program. 

Furthermore, teaching and learning in a school on two separate school calendars within one school is challenging. Similarly, parents who have children in both sites would be faced with this dual calendar model. Another consideration is the length of day for the youngest students on a four-day week. Students as young as 7 are expected to attend school for over 7 hours in a four-day week model. A five-day week is better for students and optimal for learning.   

Name Change


Finally, if the program expands to include grade 8 and 9 students, it would be worthwhile to consider changing the name of the school from Sun Peaks Elementary to Sun Peaks School to reflect the addition of middle school students.

Questions, comments and feedback are welcome. Please forward any questions, comments and feedback to facilityinput@sd73.bc.ca. Check below for answers, which will be posted as feedback is received.

For additional information, please contact the office of the Superintendent of Schools, at 250-374-0679.

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