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Junior High Program, School Closure Report - Our Lady of Mount Carmel

** updated on January 18, 2022, to correct a typo regarding the number of students affected.

Frequently Asked Questions - OLMC - Junior High Program, School Closure Proposal

What We Heard Report - February 2022


February 23, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,                                                                 

 

At the February 23, 2022, regular Public Meeting of the Board, the Edmonton Catholic School Division Board of Trustees approved the closure of the Junior High Program (Grade 7, 8, and 9) at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary/Junior High School effective June 30, 2022.

 

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we would like to extend our appreciation to everyone who contributed to the public participation process in making this decision. Thank you to the families and community stakeholders who attended the Information Session, shared their thoughts in Table Talks, and took the time to provide feedback in writing, and over the phone.

 

The decision to close a school is always very challenging and complex.  We understand this information is difficult to receive and that you will have many questions regarding the next steps for your child’s education, particularly if they are in the junior high program. The mission of Edmonton Catholic Schools is to provide a Catholic education that inspires students to learn and prepares them to live fully and serve God in one another. Our commitment is to help our junior high families transition to a new school community so that their children can continue to experience this beautiful mission.

 

ECSD will be working with designated Catholic schools regarding the registration of junior high students for the upcoming school year and planning for a positive transition.

 

The Division will provide more information on the transition process in the coming weeks. 


Yours truly, 

Sandra Palazzo
Chair, Board of Trustees



January 27, 2022

On January 27, 2022, the Edmonton Catholic School Division received a letter from the City of Edmonton clarifying the total number of affected students. Click here to read the letter.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School Partial Closure Community Impact Statement - January 12, 2022


January 26, 2022

The engagement process for the Our Lady of Mount Carmel School Closure Proposal, Junior High Program (Grade 7, 8, and 9) is now complete. All emails received prior to midnight on January 25, 2022, will be compiled and forwarded to the Board of Trustees for their consideration. Edmonton Catholic School Division thanks you for participating and values all perspectives that have been shared throughout this process.


January 21, 2022

On Thursday, January 20, 2022, a virtual information session was held for all stakeholders.



January 17, 2022

If you need help registering for the info session on Thursday, January 20, 2022, or for the Table Talks on January 21 and 24, 2022, please feel free to email the event organizer brittany@rmdelaney.com for assistance.


December 15, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,  

The Edmonton Catholic School Division Board of Trustees passed a motion at the November 24, 2021, regular board meeting to consider the closure of Grade 7, 8, and 9 (the junior high program) at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary/Junior High School (OLMC) effective June 30, 2022, and commence the public participation process to gather information, ask questions, and share thoughts as set out in Policy 14, School Closure. The school closure proposal does not impact K-6 programming at OLMC. 

The Division invites all stakeholders to participate in the engagement process for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary/Junior High School in the following ways: 

Survey and Written Submissions 

You may complete an online survey to provide your feedback to the Board of Trustees. In addition, you may also email feedback to engagement@ecsd.net.   

Paper copies of the survey will also be available at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary/Junior High School.   

You can mail a completed form or written submission to: 

Lumen Christi Catholic Education Centre 
Attention: Communications and Engagement Services 
9405 50 Street NW, 
Edmonton, AB T6B 2T4

All surveys and written submissions must be received by Tuesday, January 25, 2022. All submissions will be compiled and forwarded to the Trustees for consideration. 

Virtual Meeting 

On Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 7:00 PM, all stakeholders are invited to attend a virtual information session to learn more about the Junior High Program, School Closure Proposal. We will share the most frequently asked questions to date and provide responses to them.  

Due to ongoing COVID-19 health measures, the meeting will be held online. If you are unable to attend, the presentation will be available to view on-demand the following day. 

Please click here to attend this virtual information session. 

Table Talks 

Following the information session, stakeholders are invited to sign up to attend one of the online Table Talks on Friday, January 21, 2022, or Monday, January 24, 2022. There will be multiple times to choose from, and we request that you sign up for only one session. The Table Talks will be facilitated by a professional faciliator, and you will be able to share your feedback on the School Closure Proposal. Feedback will be compiled and forwarded to the Board of Trustees for consideration. 

Stakeholders interested in participating should click this link to register.  

Video Submissions 

Finally, we welcome video submissions as a method to share feedback on the School Closure Proposal. You are invited to record and submit a three-minute (or less) video, emailed to engagement@ecsd.net. All submissions will be compiled and forwarded to the Board of Trustees and posted online for public viewing. 

The deadline to receive video submissions is Tuesday, January 25, 2022. 

Engagement Contact 

All stakeholders are invited to contact Karen Garlitos, Engagement Specialist, by telephone at 780-441-6122 with any comments or email her at engagement@ecsd.net. Notes of each call and conversation will be kept and included with the feedback presented to the Board of Trustees. Please note that all submissions will be included in their full and original form for review by the Board of Trustees. 

The deadline for phone submissions is Tuesday, January 25, 2022.   


School Closure Proposal Information 

The School Closure Proposal is available on the ECSD public website and Our Lady of Mount Carmel school website. We strongly encourage you to review the information so that you are informed about the School Closure Proposal.  

Board Decision 

The Board of Trustees will hold a regularly scheduled Public Board meeting to decide whether to close Grade 7, 8, and 9 (the junior high program) at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary/Junior High School. Prior to the meeting, a report with a summary of what we heard during the public participation process will be shared with the Board of Trustees and the public.  

The Public Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at 3:00 PM  

In accordance with the public comment procedure outlined in Policy 7, Board Operations, members of the public may offer comments at this Board meeting. 

The Board of Trustees looks forward to your input regarding this important matter. 

Sincerely,  
Sandra Palazzo 
Board Chair 

Letter to Parents - Our Lady of Mount Carmel Public Participation - Dec 15, 2021
Engagement Plan for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School - Dec 15, 2021


December 7, 2021

On December 7, 2021, Superintendent John Fiacco attended a special OLMC meeting. For meeting minutes, please click  here.


November 24, 2021

Re:     Junior High Program, School Closure Proposal - Our Lady of Mount Carmel Elementary/Junior High School

Dear Parents and Guardians,   

At the November 24, 2021, regular Public Meeting of the Board, the Board of Trustees accepted a recommendation from ECSD Administration to commence the public participation process to gather information, ask questions, and share thoughts regarding the possible closure of Grade 7, 8, and 9 (the junior high program) at Our Lady of Mount Carmel as set out in Policy 14, School Closure. The Board passed the following recommendation:

  • That the Board of Trustees hereby provides notice that a motion regarding the closure of the Grade 7, 8 and 9 located at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary/ Junior High School, Thursday, June 30, 2022, be considered at the Board of Trustee’s public meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 23, 2022.

The Board of Trustees' Policy 14, School Closure, sets out the formal process that must be followed when the closure of three more consecutive grades in a school is being considered, prior to the Board making its decision on whether to close or relocate the junior high program. This includes providing notice to parents and students who are affected by the decision. The school closure proposal does not impact K-6 programming at OLMC.

Public Meeting

The Board of Trustees will hold a public meeting for parents, guardians, students, and other persons regarding the proposed closure and relocation of the junior high program. 

At the meeting, ECSD will share information, including the rationale, the plans for students, and timelines for decision making. The meeting will be held on:

Date: Thursday, January 20, 2022
Time: 7 p.m.
 
 Information on how to participate in this meeting and facilitated discussions will be communicated no later than Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

 Questions and Written/Video Submissions

The Board of Trustees welcomes your input and invites you to provide comments at engagement@ecsd.net.

Please note all written and video submissions must be received by Monday, January 24, 2022, for the Board of Trustees to give due consideration to the submissions received prior to making a final decision on the proposed closure. In the December 15, 2021, communication, we will provide more information on how to submit written and video submissions.

Any questions regarding the Board of Trustees' consideration of the school closure proposal and relocation of the junior high program at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Elementary/Junior High School may be submitted in writing to engagement@ecsd.net

While it is not possible to respond individually to questions or inquiries prior to the public meeting, select questions will be answered at the public meeting. 

Please visit our website for more information on the closure and relocation of the junior high program at Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Board Decision

The Board of Trustees will hold a regularly scheduled Public Board meeting to deliberate and decide whether to close and relocate Grade 7, 8, and 9 (junior high program) at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Elementary/Junior High School. The meeting will be held on:

Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Time: 3:00 p.m.

In accordance with the public comment procedure outlined in Policy 7, Board Operations, members of the public may offer comments at this Board meeting.

Following the February 23, 2022, Public Board meeting, the Board of Trustees will communicate its final decision, and any other relevant information.

The Board of Trustees looks forward to your input regarding this important matter. 

Yours Truly,

Sandra Palazzo
Chair, Board of Trustees



November 22, 2021

RE: Notice Regarding Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary/Junior High School

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

The Edmonton Catholic School Division would like to inform you that ECSD Administration will be presenting a recommendation to the Board of Trustees on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, to consider the commencement of the public participation process regarding the possible closure of the junior high program at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary/Junior High School (OLMC) effective June 30, 2022. Should this occur, it is proposed that the junior high program will likely be relocated as follows:

  1. The Enhanced Academic Program, Hockey Academy, Soccer Academy, and Elite Athlete programs be relocated to Louis St. Laurent Catholic Junior/Senior High School.
  2. The Junior High Recreation Academy be relocated to St. Brendan Catholic Elementary/Junior High School.
  3. The regular program attendance boundaries be redefined as double designated to Louis St. Laurent Catholic Junior/Senior High School and St. Brendan Catholic Elementary/Junior High School.

 The Board of Trustees has not made a decision on whether to close the junior high at OLMC. The Public Board meeting will be live-streamed, and a link to view the meeting is available on the ECSD website.

 Why is a relocation of Grade 7, 8, and 9 (junior high program) being considered?

Through the initiative of Walking Together Towards a Glorious Future, the Edmonton Catholic School Division is committed to continuing to find effective and efficient ways to provide a learning environment that aligns with the Division Plan for Continuous Growth.

Since 2016 and despite the strong efforts made by the school, parents, and the Division, enrolment in the junior high program at OLMC has decreased by 48 per cent. With this proposed change, ECSD would enhance the effectiveness of the junior high program delivery and provide alternate school choices for a vibrant experience.

What about K-6?

The recommendation is for the junior high program only. The Division will continue to offer K-6 at OLMC with the added enhancement of a new Green STEM Program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Next Steps: Public Meeting (November 24, 2021, at 3:00 pm)

To ensure the decision being made is in the best interest of all ECSD students, the Board may provide notice to consider the closure of the junior high program (Grade 7, 8, and 9) at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary/Junior High School.

 Should the Board provide notice on November 24, 2021, that it will be moving to consider the closure of Grade 7, 8 and 9 (junior high program) at OLMC, stakeholders will be notified, and Administration will be directed to begin the public participation process.  You will also be alerted of the opportunities to gather information, ask questions, and share your thoughts regarding a possible closure. A final decision regarding closure would be made by the Board of Trustees at the Wednesday, February 23, 2022, Public Board meeting.

 Where can I get more information?

The report recommending the commencement of the formal process to consider the closure of Grade 7, 8 and 9 (junior high program) at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Elementary/Junior High School is now available on both the OLMC website and our Division website

Sincerely, 

 

John Fiacco

Superintendent, Educational Planning


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