(re: School trustee wants guaranteed access to immersion program; Western News, Dec. 13)
In the article, trustee Shelley Clarke is quoted as saying that despite waiting lists, School District 67 has always been able to accommodate every student who wanted to enrol into the late French Immersion program.
I am very curious to know where she got this information from, because it is not accurate.
Not every student who has wanted to enrol has been accommodated.
I know first-hand, as our daughter, who has been a School District 67 student since kindergarten, was excluded from the French Immersion program, not even entered into the draw and had a sibling in the program at KVR.
She was on the waiting list and never got in.
Ms. Clarke’s quoted facts in this article are false and very misleading to people reading this article.
We wrote letters, made phone calls and enquiries, all to be met with, “Sorry, your daughter is not accepted.”
The policies are exclusionary and discriminatory.
This program should, indeed, be open to all students who are interested, as it is public education after all.