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Closing the Loop on Building for Modern Learning

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Throughout 2020, the Board engaged Vancouverites to build a vision for using VSB buildings and spaces across the city. Our priorities were to explore how to create modern learning spaces and ensure all students were in seismically safe schools.

The Board engaged people who live, learn, work and play in Vancouver to build a vision that reflects student needs today and into the future. This engagement process was designed to hear from a wide variety of voices. The Board knew that engaging students, families, staff and community members was the best way to understand and plan with your priorities in mind.

What We Did

The Board hosted two phases of engagement. We used different methods to give Vancouverites more options for how they chose to engage:

  1. Online engagement held in February (Phase I)
  2. Stakeholder workshops held in October and early November (Phase II)

Phase II engagement was originally planned as a series of in-person public events and workshops. Public health recommendations made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic led the project team to change the approach. The project team pivoted to host 10 digital dialogues with participant groups, including students, families, community members, staff, formal District stakeholder groups, self-identifying Indigenous peoples and local First Nations.

What We Heard 

To read a complete overview of what we heard through Phases I and II, please read through our engagement report here.

What’s Next: Long-Range Facilities Plan (LRFP)

Our Building for Modern Learning engagement and report support and contribute to the foundation of our latest Long-Range Facilities Plan (LRFP). Required by the Ministry of Education, the LRFP outlines facilities management strategies that support VSB’s long-term vision for educational programs and ensuring all students attend seismically safe schools. It provides a framework for facilities planning and investment decisions to support the District’s annual review of its Five-Year Capital Plan and proposed capital projects. The LRFP also establishes facility needs, space requirements, priorities, and strategies to inform and guide projects, priorities, and decisions from a Ministry requirement perspective and a local Vancouver perspective. The LRFP presents an inventory of current and future capital assets that VSB can use for both current and future learning needs, and community use.

The draft LRFP will be presented to the Facilities Planning Committee on January 13; and is anticipated to move to the Board for a decision at the meeting on January 25, 2021.

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