Time is running out for the relocation of students from École Rocher-du-Nord

An information meeting was held on Tuesday evening, organized by the Conseil scolaire francophone provincial (CSFP) of Newfoundland and Labrador. More than 70 people were present. The purpose of the meeting was to inform the parents about the next steps regarding the move to the school for the deaf.

Michael Clair is First Vice-President of the Conseil scolaire francophone provincial de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador

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septembre prochain, alors nous suivons ce dossier de très près”,”text”:”Ça se prépare à la hâte, on a beaucoup de travail à faire avant septembre, mais le gouvernement nous assure que tout le travail va être fait pour la rentrée le 6septembre prochain, alors nous suivons ce dossier de très près”}}”>It is being prepared hastily, we still have a lot of work to do before September, but the government assures us that all the work will be done before the start of the school year on September 6, so we are keeping a close eye on this file.says Michael Clair, president of the Conseil scolaire francophone provincial de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador.

Several parents have expressed concerns about what will happen if the renovation of the Deaf School is not completed in time to welcome the students back to school next year.

Their first concern, like ours, is: will the school be open on time.

A quote from Michael Clair, President of the CSFP of Newfoundland and Labrador

B. Pas encore parce que nous venons justement de recevoir des renseignements assez détaillés du gouvernement à savoir comment progressent les rénovations. Nous allons regarder cela de très près alors si, disons pendant l’été, on s’aperçoit que les choses ne vont pas aussi vite que ça devrait, on pourra commencer à voir ce qu’on peut faire”,”text”:”[Les parents] nous ont demandé si on avait un planB. Pas encore parce que nous venons justement de recevoir des renseignements assez détaillés du gouvernement à savoir comment progressent les rénovations. Nous allons regarder cela de très près alors si, disons pendant l’été, on s’aperçoit que les choses ne vont pas aussi vite que ça devrait, on pourra commencer à voir ce qu’on peut faire”}}”>[Les parents] asked us if we had a plan B. Not yet because we have just received quite detailed information from the government about how the renovation is progressing. We’re going to be monitoring this closely, so if we find, say in the summer, that it’s not going as fast as it should, we can go see what we can doexplains Michael Clair.

Michael Clair remains optimistic and assures that the government and school board are working together to get the start of the new school year.

People are sitting in a gym and listening to a presentation.

More than 70 people attended the information meeting organized by the CSFP to learn about the next steps in moving students to the buildings of the deaf school.

Photo: Radio Canada

The Rocher-du-Nord schoolhouse is currently owned by the Archdiocese of Saint-Jean, which must sell it to compensate victims of sexual assault at the Mount Cashel orphanage. Therefore, it is not possible to keep the school open if the school for the deaf is not ready to welcome the students.

juillet, nous devons sortir de l’école. À moins qu’il y ait des changements de ce côté-là, nous sommes vraiment engagés à déménager à la nouvelle école”,”text”:”Ce qu’on nous a dit, nous devons déménager, je crois, le 8juillet, nous devons sortir de l’école. À moins qu’il y ait des changements de ce côté-là, nous sommes vraiment engagés à déménager à la nouvelle école”}}”>What we were told, we have to move I believe, July 8th, we have to get out of school. Unless there are changes on that side, we are really committed to moving to the new schoollaunches Michel Clair, who indicates that the new school will always bear the name École Rocher-du-Nord.

the CFSP becomes the owner, the property is borrowed by others

The provincial government is investing $10.2 million to renovate the School for the Deaf building. According to Michael Clair, the work, which has already started, will continue until September 2023.

If all goes according to plan, École Rocher-du-Nord’s grades 7 to 12 students will be able to move to this new building in September, followed by other kindergarten to grade 6 students in the region in September 2023.

By email, the CFSP indicates that he will be the owner of the vast majority of the school as of September 2023

The school board adds that part of the school will be occupied by speech therapists from the English school system and the organisation School Lunch Association† however, the CFSP states that these groups will have to look for other classrooms when the number of French-speaking students increases and more space is needed for them.

The new school will eventually not accommodate French-language childcare, as many parents had hoped.

Major renovations would be required to accommodate a nursery in the school, and such renovations would prevent the school from expanding as the number of students increases. On the other hand, we are planning to create a kindergarten in the school from September 2023specifies the CSFP by email.

With information from Kyle Mooney and the show The Awakening / Nova Scotia and NL

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