Increased enrolments, a greater variety of program offerings and changing models for the delivery of education services have resulted in an increased demand for space for a variety of purposes. With limited funding available for portable facilities or renovations, the Board of School Trustees (the “Board”) recognizes the importance of maximizing the use of space in order to reduce costs and use space resources effectively. The priorities for the use of space are outlined in FNA-R-1.
Regular K - 12 Program and District Education Programs
While the majority of Vancouver school-aged children receive the regular program in Vancouver schools, the Board also supports district education programs. Both regular and district programs use classroom space and ancillary spaces (gyms, libraries, computer rooms, and special education rooms) for the delivery of these education programs, generally between the hours of 7:00 am to 4:00 pm.
As the Board recognizes the facility implications associated with both the regular and district programs, Board approval is required in order to establish a district education program. SMT Senior management approval is required to expand or relocate a district education program. As part of the approval process, the Board will assess both the long- and short-term program space needs and cost implications associated with their uses.
Support Services K - 12
In order to meet the educational needs of all children, the Board provides a range of support services that are offered in various types of school or other district facilities. In consideration of providing support services, the Board will also consider the support space requirements. Support Services offered by the district include:
- identification and assessment services (Oakridge Reception Centre and Orientation, teaching and evaluation centre);
- counselling services (secondary school counsellors, area counsellors, and district psychologists);
- other related support services (school-based learning assistance, speech language pathologists, special education assistants, itinerant teachers for the hearing impaired, visually impaired and mentally handicapped, multicultural workers, First Nation workers, child care workers, and district staff consultants resource teachers);
- administration services (Student Services, Teachers' Centre, Curriculum Resource Processing Centre District Learning Services, Media and Library Services).
DMT Responsibility: D-FSS