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Public Engagement

The Vancouver School District is committed to transparent and accountable public engagement and stakeholder feedback processes to inform planning decisions. Public engagement and stakeholder feedback processes will be designed and developed in accordance with Board policy and District administrative procedures. Public engagement activities are designed based on the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation.


Consideration to close QEA
Staff at the Vancouver School District have recommended the Board of Education (Board) consider the closure of Queen Elizabeth Annex (QEA) school site by June 30, 2023. The Board approved the launch of a public engagement process in January, which is occurring February through April 2022. Learn more and share your input.


2022-2023 School Year Budget
Each year, the Board considers a proposed budget for the upcoming school year. All school districts in the province have a legislative duty to pass a balanced budget for the upcoming school year by early summer. Ideas and comments about the budget were also encouraged through written submissions and an online engagement that took place in February and March. An engagement summary report was shared at the April 20, 2022 Finance Committee meeting. See our budget development timeline for more information and ways to share input.

The Multi-age Cluster Classes (MACC) program  model was introduced in 1988 and the program has remained largely unchanged since its inception. As part of this change, we are asking for feedback from students, families, teachers, stakeholders, gifted associations, and MACC alumni. Learn more and share your input.

Education Plan 2026
The Vancouver School District’s Education Plan 2026 will be a roadmap that will lead the District to improve outcomes for students. We are asking students, families, staff, and the public to share their expectations and aspirations for Vancouver schools. The plan will focus on the District’s core goals to support student achievement and well-being. Learn more and share your input.

Anti-Racism and Non-Discrimination Framework
We are committed to providing an environment where all students, staff and families feel safe and welcome in school, and have equal and fair opportunities to lead a meaningful life. To advance this commitment, the VSB is developing an Anti-Racism and Non-Discrimination Framework. A series of engagement activities ran from June 8 to July 9, 2021 to support the framework’s development.

Educational and Facilities Planning: South Portion of Sir Fleming Elementary School
The new Fleming school required the reconfiguration of the entire school site during the design and construction process as part of the Seismic Mitigation Program. This created an opportunity for a portion of the site to become available for re-purposing subject to Board and Ministerial approval. Following information sessions with the school community, the Board approved staff to proceed with the disposition process as per Board Policy 20. Learn more about the public engagement steps so far regarding the disposal (repurposing) of a portion of the school site. 

Building for Modern Learning
Throughout 2020, the Board engaged Vancouverites to build a vision for using VSB buildings and spaces across the city. Our priorities were to explore how to create modern learning spaces and ensure all students were in seismically safe schools.

Learn more about what we heard.


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