PRINCE GEORGE- Parents, faculty, and school district staff gathered Monday night to talk about a survey that may change the way the French immersion program operates. It's being sent out to combat the growing capacity issue at Duchess Park, the city's only French high school. District Parent Advisory Council hosted the meeting and it has one clear message for concerned parents: the survey options are not set in stone and a final decision has not been made. The survey will be sent out to parents, staff, and students and lays out a number of options. Options include moving the French program to PGSS or split it between two separate high schools. It also provides room for additional input. However, former DPAC Executive, Sarah Holland, ensured the crowd those options are not set in stone. "The options that are given are by no means the only options that are going to be looked at by the district," said Holland, "people have that opportunity to write in, let the district know what they think about this, and give their opinion." There is also a survey for parents of students at Edgewood Elementary in grade five and younger to give input on the option to send their kids to Kelly Road or Duchess Park. To view the draft survey visit this link.
Holland added the Board of Education will allow parents in District 93 to voice their opinion, as well as parents of students not enrolled in French programs by contacting them directly. "If you're not getting a survey contact the board members, you've got ways that aren't just related to the survey to make your opinions heard," said Holland, "parents have a voice, students have a voice, use that voice and make your opinions heard."
The Prince George District Teachers' Association was unwilling to give a comment before survey results are in.
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