Letter to the editor, May 17, 2018

School daze

Dear Editor,

I am a resident of Vaudreuil-Dorion and last week I, along with many other young families, received a very unexpected and disappointing letter in my 6-year-old daughter’s school bag. Le Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs identified my daughter, son, and approximately 51 other 5 and 6-year-old children as students who would be transferred from École L’Hyme au Printemps (approximately 1.5km away) to another school located in Saint-Lazare. In speaking with Mayor Guy Pilon, he strongly recommended I reach out to each of you to highlight this unacceptable practice and ensure others are aware of the ongoing organizational mismanagement at Le Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs.

On April 11, 2017 following the registration and acceptance of my daughter at L’Hymne-Au-Printemps, I received a letter in the mail informing me that she was being transferred and her file had been sent to a different school. Following a discussion with the schoolboard, her file was transferred back to L’Hyme au Printemps, I assumed this was an isolated case. As the school year began and the weeks turned to months, I watched her thrive and love each day of kindergarten. She was making friends and adjusting to her new surroundings, her home away from home.

On May 10, 2018 I received another letter, once again informing me she was being transferred and her file has already been sent to a new school located four times further then L’Hyme au Printemps. My son, registered for kindergarten, also received a letter. In the span of 13 months, I have received three letters for my two children notifying me of transfers due to a surplus of kids. Since receiving the letter, I have tried contacting the schoolboard several times daily to understand how this could happen. My calls have gone answered. I assume they are fielding many calls and cannot manage the surplus.

Our mayor informed me the city advised this schoolboard several years ago that with all the young families moving to Vaudreuil, L’Hyme-au-Printemps would require a third floor. His recommendation was not considered and today, we are paying the price. Children establishing themselves in the first years of school are being uprooted and shipped outside the city as a result of organizational mismanagement. They are sending them to other schools without our consent and refusing to answer when we would like to understand why this is happening. Today, this letter is only the beginning. My husband and I will not give up until the first school day of 2018-2019. We hope you see the value this story brings to all the young families in one of the fastest growing cities in Quebec. The city is doing its best to build the required infrastructure to support its tax paying citizens, we can only hope Le Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs soon realizes it too needs to manage, plan and organize itself accordingly.

Sincere Regards

Anny-Claude O’Hearn

Vaudreuil-Dorion

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