The Ontario School District's mission in elementary reconfiguration reflects our commitment to increasing opportunities for students (academic, social-emotional health, and extracurricular), providing quality instruction (enhanced professional development, collaboration, and mentorship for staff) with the goal of increasing student proficiency while bringing unity to the community.
Moving Forward, Together Tigers.
Where Did This Idea Come From?
Reconfiguration Plans began in 2019
Grade Level Schools: Focused Learning Model
The original plan was to transition to a grade level model around the same time as the 6th-grade transition to their new building. We hope to still be able to transition at the same time to limit the number of interruptions to the school year. That means that we would prepare the grade level shift to happen in the Fall of 2024-barring any construction delays with the 6th-grade building construction that would then push reconfiguration out to the Fall of 2025. Our team of Elementary Principals and Assistant Principals have come together to plan and strategize the execution of the transition. As we work at a swift pace to catch up to the original timeline, our next step is informing parents of the shift. A lot has happened since we began this planning several years ago. Much of our planning was stalled due to school shut-downs and other implications of the pandemic. We anticipate that parents will have questions and we want to provide as many opportunities for feedback as we can, where possible.
We are still working through the best options for which grade bands will be at which facility, which administrators will be at which grade bands, and how staff placements will be determined. We know that we will most likely group buildings as K-1, 2-3, and 4-5. Cairo and Pioneer school facilities will not immediately be utilized for students in the reconfiguration, but OSD will not sell or get rid of these buildings. They will serve as opportunities to enhance our district in the future; potential pre-k space, childcare space, magnet school facility, etc.
The Ontario School District's commitment has always been, and will continue to be, to do what is best for the children of Ontario. This transition will certainly be difficult and won't be without its challenges, but it is what is best for our students. We truly have the most amazing staff, parents, and students in Ontario and we would not be able to execute this type of shift without each and every one of you.
During COVID, Plans adapted and projects were prioritized
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