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Extensions Program Relocation

BACKGROUND

In 2018, Edmonton Public Schools started working with parents and guardians who have children in the Extensions District Centre special needs program to develop a plan for relocating the program and make the transition as smooth as possible for students. Thank you to everyone involved for your participation and feedback. We considered everything we heard when making a decision. 

RELOCATION DECISION

Edmonton Public Schools decided to relocate the program to Hardisty School and Laurier Heights School, effective for the 2019-20 school year. Current Extensions students have the following options:

Option 1: Stay in the Extensions District Centre special needs program

Students will be placed at either Hardisty School or Laurier Heights School through the Special Needs Assisted Placement (SNAP) process. Eligible students will receive transportation.

Option 2: Stay at McKernan School

Students can stay at McKernan School and will receive “gifted and talented” enrichment through the Pre-Advanced Placement Program (Grades 7-9) or the regular program (Grades 1-6). Students will need to pre-enrol in SchoolZone between March 11 and April 15, 2019. Families will need to make their own transportation arrangements.

NEXT STEPS

  • Families need to contact the school as soon as possible to indicate their choice.
  • Students who choose to remain in the Extensions District Centre special needs program need to be placed in the program through the SNAP process.
  • Students choosing to stay at McKernan School need to let the McKernan administration know, so they can make this option available when families pre-enrol in SchoolZone.
  • Edmonton Public Schools will schedule a parent workshop in spring 2019 to talk about the supports and resources needed to transition students smoothly.

QUESTIONS 

If you have questions about next steps, please contact Programs and Student Accommodation at 780-429-8539 or email programs@epsb.ca

For questions about transportation, call Student Transportation at 780-429-8585.