Student Learning and Accommodation Planning: Eastern Secondary Area Pupil Accommodation Review (Phase One): FINAL REPORT
I wanted to share
some important information about changes coming to Rideau High School beginning September 2017. These changes are the result of decisions
from the recent Eastern Secondary Accommodation Review. More information about the review and the
decisions is available on the district website at www.ocdsb.ca.
High School Closes and Students Will Move to Gloucester High School
Effective September 2017, Rideau High School will close and Gloucester High School will
welcome our students. Grade 9 to 12
Immersion program students residing within the Rideau High School attendance
area will be redirected to Gloucester High School. Students residing within the Rideau High
School attendance area and currently enrolled (2016-2017) in schools other than
Gloucester High School for French Immersion will be permitted to remain at
those schools. The Secondary Learning Disabilities specialized program class
will be redirected to Gloucester High School.
at Gloucester High School
In order to support these changes renovations are
planned for Gloucester High School, including: science lab upgrades, the
establishment of a culturally friendly space comparable to the Lodge, new
Learning Commons areas, upgrades to the entrance/lobby area, improvements to
the cafeteria acoustics, ceiling/lighting replacements, a new PA system, and
paving of the parking lot and tennis courts.
Supports for Transition
A number of additional supports have been approved
to help with this transition. This includes:
- all students at Rideau High School will be provided with transportation
to Gloucester High School, and where possible, this would occur through the
issuance of Presto cards;
- additional staffing will be provided for a two-year period to support
students during their transition;
- work will be done with community partners to
create a room which is culturally friendly and comparable to the Lodge at
- annual monitoring of student achievement and
well-being will be done (with some of this data disaggregated by the current
attendance boundaries of the two schools); and
- the transition team will be asked to consider
is a possible name change for the school.
to Community Support Programs at Rideau
The following community
based programs will be relocated by September 2017:
- The Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada program (LINC) will
move to Ottawa Technical Secondary School on Donald Street;
- The Infant, Toddler and Preschool Childcare program currently operated
at Rideau High School will move to Queen Elizabeth Public School at 689 St Laurent Blvd, Ottawa.
The accommodation review process has been
challenging for our community and I would like to thank you for your
participation in support of our school.
Over the next few months, as a school community we will need to develop
plans to celebrate our school's rich history, and prepare for the transition of
our students. I know that the students
and staff at Gloucester High School will be working hard to create a very
welcoming new home for our students.
Families will have questions relating to these
changes and we will continue to provide you with more detailed information as
it becomes available. In the weeks
ahead, we will be establishing a transition planning committee with staff,
students and parents from both schools.
If you have any further questions, please do not
hesitate to contact me directly. Thanks for your ongoing support.