The primary class size cap is the main reason for the clampdown on out-of-area students, particularly in the JK-3 classes. The board has no flexibility when it comes to its primary ratios, as most of its leeway for classes over 20 is used due to facility issues (ie: no room to create a second class or add a portable).
(Angela) Forster said she's disheartened by the board's decision.This story has been coming down the pipe for several years now, since the primary class size initiative reached full implementation two years ago. At the time, the Ministry of Education told boards they could not exceed their board cap-- 90 per cent of JK-3 at 20, with only 10 per cent allowed over 20 but still under 23. If a school received a late registration in the fall, it could bump the student to the next nearest school with space available, or bump an existing student out.
"Kids should not be forced away from what they know," she said. "They're getting kicked out of school not because they did anything wrong, but because someone who never met them made a financial decision."
So while the parents here are claiming their kids are suffering as a result of full enforcement of an existing board policy, would it be any better to tell a neighbourhood (within attendance boundaries) family their seven-year-old can't attend the school because two spots are being taken by out-of-area students? I would flip a lid if that ever happened to me.
Unfortunately, Forster's child will have to deal with change this fall because she took a chance and, on exemption, registered her child in the school she wanted, not her own neighbourhood school.