Pupil Accommodation & Enrolment Projections
Guidelines Governing Pupil Accommodation Reviews
The Ministry of Education (Ministry) provides parameters regarding how School Boards are to conduct Pupil Accommodation Review processes. Locally, the Avon Maitland District School Board (AMDSB) has in place Board Policy No.15: Pupil Accommodation Reviews which aligns with the Ministry’s most recently finalized Revised Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline which was released on March 26, 2015.
Since that time, the Ministry embarked on an extensive consultation to update the Accommodation Review Guideline, releasing the Final Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline on April 28, 2018. Following this release, a further consultation process took place over the fall of 2017 and the winter of 2018. As a result of this second phase of consultation, the Ministry has confirmed that they will be working with its partner ministries and education and municipal stakeholders to develop templates (including initial staff report and economic impact assessment templates) and other resources to support boards in conducting pupil accommodation reviews. Until these resources are developed, the moratorium on pupil accommodation reviews will remain in place unless the reviews are related to coterminous board joint use initiatives. Full details can be found on the Ministry’s website: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/reviewGuide.html
Most Recent Accommodation Analysis Report
The Board of Trustees last received a Pupil Accommodation Analysis Report in April of 2018. At the time of the report, the moratorium on pupil accommodation reviews was in place, thus staff did not recommend any schools for further review. The full report can be found here.
Long Term Enrolment Projections
Student enrolment projections inform planning and decision-making activities in all departments. These figures form the basis of the Annual Preliminary Accommodation Report to the Board, assist with long term accommodation planning and provide information for various Ministry reporting requirements. The Board utilizes a Demographic Consultant, Watson and Associates, to produce the enrolment projections and updates. Updated projections, which include the most recently (2016) available census data, were shared with AMDSB Trustees on January 28, 2020. A recording of the presentation to the Trustees is linked below as is the information report shared at the Board Meeting.