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Accommodation reviews for schools in Belleville, Centre Hastings and Prince Edward County


Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) is committed to providing the best educational opportunities while ensuring fiscal responsibility and to enhancing the learning environment in its schools for all students.

From time to time the Board will consider the need to consolidate, close or relocate a school(s) due to changes in curriculum, program demands, student enrolment, community demographics and other factors. In some circumstances these considerations may result in the need to carry out an accommodation review for a school or group of schools. The Board may recommend that an Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) be formed, as outlined in Policy 15: Student Enrolment/School Capacity - Pupil Accommodation Review.

The Board is committed to the following guiding principles:

  • Student achievement and well-being.
  • Effective stewardship of school board resources.

  • Student curriculum and program needs, as well as funding and renewal needs, will drive facility planning.

  • Upgrades to the condition of facilities will occur where feasible.

  • The Board will comply with Ministry of Education guidelines for school consolidation and closure decisions.

  • The Board will exemplify open decision-making, Board oversight and public participation in capital planning.

Approved accommodation reviews

Accommodation reviews have been approved for the Belleville and Madoc areas and a number of schools in Prince Edward County. An accommodation review happens through the school board, with public input, to determine the future of a school or group of schools. Accommodation reviews follow a very specific schedule over about seven months.

School board officials will be working with principals to organize accommodation review committees (ARCs) (pdf) in each area. The ARC is a committee established by the school board that represents the affected school(s) of an accommodation review. The ARC acts as an official conduit for information shared between the school board and the school communities.

Members of an ARC include:
• the school principal or designate
• one teacher
• one non-teaching staff member
• three parents, one of whom is the school council chair or designate
• two municipal/business/community members
• one intermediate or secondary student

Accommodation review reference documents

Letter to families/students of affected schools, November 23, 2016 (pdf)

Accommodation review areas (Belleville, Centre Hastings, Prince Edward County) (pdf)

Timeline for an accommodation review (pdf)

Initial recommendation report about the Belleville schools (pdf)

Initial recommendation report about the Centre Hastings schools (pdf)

Initial recommendation report about the Prince Edward County schools (pdf)

Information bulletins

arrow Bulletin #8: Understanding accommodation reviews, December 2016 (pdf)

arrow Bulletin #7: The plan is in place, now what?, October 2016 (pdf)

arrow Bulletin #6: Making sense of Facility Condition Index data, September 2016 (pdf)

arrow Bulletin #5: Date extended for public input, June 2016 (pdf)

arrow Bulletin #4: Next steps in the long-term capital and accommodation planning process, May 2016 (pdf)

arrow Bulletin #3: Looking at enrolment data, May 2016 (pdf)

arrow Bulletin #2: A road map for future planning, April 2016 (pdf)

arrow Bulletin #1: Our commitment is to students, April 2016 (pdf)

Upcoming meeting dates

arrow Public Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee meetings

2016 Long-Term Capital and Accommodation Plan

arrow Long-Term Capital and Accommodation Plan, October 2016 (pdf)

arrow Date extended for public input extended to September 30, 2016 (pdf)

Accommodation reviews and other resources from previous years (web page)


arrow Policy 15: Student Enrolment/School Capacity: Pupil Accommodation Review (pdf)

arrow Policy 17: Transportation of Students (pdf)

arrow Procedure 178: Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) (pdf)

arrow Procedure 570:Community Planning and Partnerships (pdf)

arrow Watson & Associates Economists Ltd, Long-Term Capital Study Report and Recommendations, November 9, 2015 (pdf)

Ministry of Education reference documents/information

arrow Letter from the Minister of Education regarding Pupil Accommodation Reviews and Support for Education Rural and Remote Communities, March 6, 2017 (pdf)

arrow Facility Condition Index (pdf)

arrow Guide to Pupil Accommodation Reviews (pdf)

arrow Pupil Accommodation Reviews

arrow TVO video: “An Education For All" Jan. 16, 2017. The episode examined what school boards across Ontario are facing with regards to tough choices when it comes to closing and merging schools.

Contact Us

Education Centre
156 Ann Street

Belleville, Ontario  K8N 3L3

Phone: +1 613 966-1170, 
1-800-267-4350, x2201

Fax: +1 613 962-1048

Email: information@hpedsb.on.ca


Address: 156 Ann Street, Belleville, Ontario, Canada K8N 3L3  Phone: +1 613 966-1170  Toll-free: +1 800 267-4350  
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Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
156 Ann Street, Belleville, Ontario Canada K8N 3L3
Toll-free: +1 800 267-4350
Phone: +1 613 966-1170
Fax: +1 613 961-2003

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2007 All rights reserved