Board Approves Revised Boundaries for Rural Strathcona County
At the December Board Meeting, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Board of Trustees approved revised elementary and senior high boundaries for rural Strathcona County, which will take effect in September 2014.
The revisions designate the area west of Range Road 232 between the Whitemud Freeway extension and Wye Road to Pine Street Elementary and Salisbury Composite High (this area is already currently designated to Sherwood Heights Junior High for grades 7-9). These changes follow the feeder school philosophy we have implemented wherever possible in EIPS by aligning the elementary, junior high, and senior high boundaries with each other so all students living in this area are designated together to the same series of schools for Kindergarten to Grade 12. The approved maps will be available on the division website at www.eips.ca/schools/boundaries/maps later in January.
The Board also approved the opportunity for all current students affected by the boundary changes to finish out all grades at the school they are currently attending, rather than moving to a new school in the middle of their elementary or senior high years. Transportation services will be available for these students, but a non-designated school transportation fee will apply for students accessing busing.
EIPS staff will now begin planning for the changes and communicating with families who will be affected by the revised boundaries. Watch your school newsletter, mailbox, and school and division websites for additional information in January and February.
Boundary Exemption Request Process
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) wants to remind you that the boundary exemption request process will take place February 18 to March 14, 2014 for students who want to attend a non-designated school in the 2014/2015 school year. During this time, interested families must fill out and submit the Boundary Exemption Request Form (found on the EIPS website at the beginning of February) to the desired school.
More information about the boundary exemption request process, key dates, a list of schools with closed boundaries, and frequently asked questions will be available on the division website at (www.eips.ca/boundary-exemptions) in January 2014.