LETTER: School reconfiguration isn’t good for the kids

Many families feel that attending a neighbourhood school is vital to the interconnectedness of our community.

I am writing this, as a concerned parent, in regards to the proposed reconfiguration of Mission Central and Christine Morrison.

My daughter attends one of the above mentioned schools. Before enrolling her, we made a checklist of all the things that we looked for in a school:

Is it within walking distance?

Does it have a population of students that we are comfortable with?

Does it offer both English and French programs so that our younger children can decide which path they’d like to take and be involved in a diverse student population?

Does it offer kindergarten readiness programs (StrongStart, ABC 123) that my younger children can participate in?

Is it a neighbourhood school that she can attend with children living close by us?

There are many other families who have based which school to enrol their child on points similar to these. Many families don’t have transportation and need to live close by to the school. They shouldn’t have to move because their program does.

Many families have children enrolled in both English and French programs, for a variety of reasons, and need to attend a school that offers both. They shouldn’t be forced to decide between taking a child out of a program, or having to travel to two different schools.

Many families feel that attending a neighbourhood school is vital to the interconnectedness of our community. They shouldn’t be forced to dismiss their values to accommodate an unnecessary change.

It doesn’t seem to me that changing the way the school is configured will be a positive for the children and families in these two schools, the downtown core, or families in the rest of the community.

Why do we need to fix something that isn’t broken? Leave our schools as they are!

 

Samantha Palmer

Mission

 

Just Posted

Police investigate sexual assault of teen girl in Abbotsford

Incident occurred Wednesday night along Oriole Crescent

Bad behaviour to lead to expulsion at Abbotsford council

New rules lay out how a member can be booted from a meeting

More extreme weather beds needed in Mission

Council allocates another $5,000 to help keep people safe, warm and dry

Input sought for road works for Maple Ridge

Consultation on Haney Bypass upgrades

Trial begins for man charged with 2010 murder of Mandy Johnson

Langley single mom was fatally shot while in vehicle in Abbotsford

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

WestJet appeals lost bid to scrap harassment lawsuit

Airline argues judge was wrong to have dismissed the company’s application to strike the legal action

Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here’s how

Secretary of homeland security explains a new policy that let’s border guards check phones

‘Beautiful writer’ Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital

Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in B.C. as a fiction writer and novelist

B.C. commuters vote to rename bus service to ‘Jeff’

The company asked and the people of Facebook answered

Students frustrated by UBCO response to harassment allegations

Students on the Kelowna campus were unaware of resources and worried about lack of communication

Sexsmith set to suit up for Giants

Vancouver signs ninth overall pick in 2017 WHL bantam draft

Women’s March Canada Fraser Valley slated for Saturday morning

It’s a march for women’s rights and social justice for the most marginalized

White Rock plans to effectively ban legal pot dispensaries

Opponent says the plan is inspired by ‘a real right-wing mentality’

Most Read