SD71 Briefing Note: Alternative Instruction Week Update

DRAFT: The whole process used last year to talk and review the Alternative Week Schedule raised more questions than answers and fostered numerous rumours resulting in a lot of misinformation. It was only before administration presented their summary to the board when the community was able to discern what was being proposed to the board for their approval. It felt like the process for a 4.6 day school week was a complete sham that had been rammed down our throats without any consultation or engagement on a 4 day week, 9 day week, or year long school alternatives.

Shared Documents

https://portal.sd71.bc.ca/group/b9da9w9/Pages/default.aspx

Alternative Week Schedules

School District No. 71 (Comox Valley) is engaging the community in a consultation process where the Board of Education is asking for feedback related to the Alternative Week Schedule. Please use the links below for more information and to provide feedback.

The consultation notes below are from the respective community consultation table report outs. Each tables detailed report (from Isfeld and Highland) will be posted once they have been typed.

https://portal.sd71.bc.ca/group/b9da9w9/Pages/default.aspx?RootFolder=%2Fgroup%2Fb9da9w9%2FLists%2FSharedDocuments%2FSample%20Alternative%20Week%20Schedule&FolderCTID=0x012000DF173C451CC0234F95BD32AF844EE2B6&View=%7BADE0FA54-8034-4262-B5F9-BA8882D65329%7D

 

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The document states “A sample of an alternate structure was presented and discussed. The presentation led to conversations about other alternative week structures.

In addition, all of our schools have engaged staff in alternative instructional week discussions. Many sites have used both formal and informal staff meetings to have these conversations.

The following Community Forums are being scheduled (tentative dates provided). The purpose is to provide the public with some background information on why we are looking at an alternative instructional week. A sample of an alternative instructional week will be shared, and participants will have an opportunity to engage in table talk and group discussions around a set of guiding questions.”

Conversations will continue in all schools, with all staff and with respective parent communities through our PAC groups.”

 

I have bolded the phrases that concern me such as “A sample of an alternate structure was presented” which didn’t allow all groups to fully understand what a normal school week would look like such as the start and finish times for each school week, what time recess and lunch would occur, when prep time would happen for teachers.

Schools engaged with staff in “formal and informal staff meetings” fostered a lot of rumours and misinformation for the community.

Only providing “some information” kept some members of the community in the dark about everything that was being talked about.

“Conversations will continue in all schools, with all staf and with respective parent communities through our PAC groups” just kept all members of the community in the dark with misinformation and rumours.

 

It was a terrible process with lack of information about all the alternate instruction week options, too many meetings with different information being presented, discussed, and answered in both formal and informal settings. Members of the community were left in complete darkness until the board was presented with the final recommendation and forced to make a decision without adequate time to change anything. It felt like the whole thing was rammed down our throats especially when you add the statement “engage in table talk and group discussions around a set of guiding questions.” 

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