Accommodation Planning Reviews

Attendance area reviews, program reviews and pupil accommodation reviews are utilized to balance enrolment within a family of schools, to ensure programming meets the needs of students and to address facility pressures. 

Attendance area reviews
An attendance area is the geographic area that each school draws enrolment from. Attendance area reviews (AAR) may result in a change to attendance area boundaries. The purpose is to help balance enrolment across schools, ensure programming meets the needs of the students and/or address facility accommodation pressures.

Program reviews
The SCDSB offers programming options such as French as a Second Language (FSL) in our elementary and secondary schools. In some circumstances, these programs draw students from a larger geographical area than their assigned attendance area. The programs are reviewed on a regular basis to help to balance enrolment across the county and to minimize impacts on home school student populations. 

Pupil accommodation reviews
A pupil accommodation review is used in situations with declining enrolment. They address enrolment, programming, and facility condition challenges. This involves reviewing two or more schools together to determine an accommodation solution, which may include closing school(s) and consolidating students. It’s a longer process that involves an Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) made up of parent, student and school representatives and various opportunities for community input.

The consolidation process can help increase program availability for students, and address buildings where the facility condition is not ideal or there is underutilized space. In July 2017, the Ministry of Education approved a school closure moratorium. When the moratorium is lifted, the board will be required to amend the current policy and procedures. Currently, due to the moratorium, there are no pupil accommodation reviews under consideration. 

Current attendance area reviews

AAR 2020:01 – Cundles Heights Public School and Maple Grove Public School

The SCDSB Board of Trustees has approved an attendance area review (AAR) for Maple Grove PS and Cundles Heights PS. Schools in the northeast portion of the City of Barrie have had varying degrees of low enrolment, except for Maple Grove PS, which has seen a small increase in enrolment. The Maple Grove PS school site is unable to accommodate further portables, resulting in the need for an attendance area review to balance enrolment.

The goals of the attendance area review are to: 

  • maximize walk zones

  • minimize busing

  • reduce enrolment among area schools

  • align secondary feeder schools

Notification letter for families - Dec. 2021
Background information and proposed changes (video) - Dec. 2021
Background information and proposed changes (pdf) - Dec. 2021
Questions and answers regarding the Cundles Heights PS and Maple Grove PS review - Dec. 2021
Letter to families regarding attendance area recommendations
Report presented to the Business and Facilities Committee in February 2022

AAR 2020:02 – Townships of Essa and Springwater Attendance Area Review

The SCDSB Board of Trustees has approved an attendance area review (AAR) for the northeast portion of Essa Township and the southwest portion of Springwater Township. Baxter Central Public School in the Township of Essa has experienced varying degrees of low enrolment, while Portage View Public School is over capacity and the City of Barrie is currently seeing further residential intensification and growth pressures, impacting the enrolment pressures. This attendance area review is proposing to transfer rural elementary students from Portage View PS to Baxter Central PS. 

The goals of the attendance area review are to: 

  • align the rural portions of Essa Township and Springwater Township to attend Baxter Central PS
  • families within this area have requested out of area permission to attend Baxter Central PS 
  • balance enrolment among the two schools 
  • align the secondary feeder schools
  • minimize busing

Notification letter for families -April 2022
Background information and proposed changes (video) -April 2022
Background information and proposed changes (pdf) -April 2022
Questions and answers regarding the Essa- Springwater review -April 2022

Current program reviews

PR 2020:01 – Southeast Area of the City of Barrie - French Immersion Program Review

The SCDSB Board of Trustees has approved a program review (PR) for the French Immersion (FI) feeder schools of Allandale Heights PS and Assikinack PS from Hillcrest PS, Portage View PS to Warnica ES.

The goal of the new boundaries will be to:

  • align the FI feeder schools to the secondary FI schools 
  • support balanced enrolment in the FI programs

Notification letter for families - April 2022
Background information and proposed changes (video) - April 2022
Background information and proposed changes (pdf) - April 2022
Questions and answers regarding the Allandale Heights PS and Assikinack PS review - April 2022

Approved planning studies

(as of February 2022)

Attendance area review
 Study name Elementary schools  Secondary schools Status 
 Current
 AAR 2020:01 Cundles Heights PS
Maple Grove PS 
Barrie North CI
Eastview SS 
Boundary review to be completed in March 2022 
 AAR 2020:02  Baxter Central PS
Portage View PS
Bear Creek SS
Barrie North CI
Nottawasaga Pines SS 
Boundary review to begin in Spring 2022 

Upcoming
AAR 2017:01 Secondary   Nottawasaga Pines SS
Banting Memorial HS
Bear Creek SS
Feeder Schools
Proposed boundaries will be provided once the Banting Memorial HS replacement opening date is established
 AAR 2018:01 Birchview Dunes ES
Worsley ES
New Wasaga Beach ps 
   Proposed boundaries will be provided once the opening date of the new Wasaga Beach Ps is established

Completed
AAR 201:01  Chris Hadfield PS
 Fieldcrest ES
Fred C. Cook ES
W.H. Day ES
New north Bradford ps
New south Bradford ps
  Complete, with boundaries to be implemented in September 2022 
 
Program review

Current
 PR 2020:01 Allandale Heights PS 
Assikinack PS
Warnica PS
 FI program schools Program review to begin in Spring 2022 

Upcoming
PR 2018:01   Guthrie PS
Forest Hill PS
W.R. Best Memorial PS
New Oro-Medonte ps
  Proposed boundaries will be provided once the opening date of the new Oro-Medonte ps is established 
PR 2020:02  FI feeder schools  FI program schools  Program review to begin in Fall 2022 
 
Pupil accommodation review
None