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Community Planning and Partnerships

Annual Meeting - November 2, 2017

Overview

The Board values cooperative, collaborative, and compatible facility partnerships.  These partnerships benefit the Board, students and community while optimizing the use of public assets owned by the Board.

The Ministry of Education developed the Community Planning and Partnerships (CPP) Guideline to encourage school boards to reach out to community organizations to share planning information with community organizations on a regular basis.  The sharing of information may lead to:

  • Facility partnerships involving unused school space (that is not required for school programs in the short term or medium term) 
  • Facility partnerships in capital projects such as major facility renovations, additions or the construction of new schools.  

Boards are encouraged to ensure that additional efforts are made to share this information with community organizations prior to commencing a Pupil Accommodation Review.

Partnership Compatibility

Facility partnerships are only be considered in schools where they are compatible and they do not interfere with ongoing school operations or the Board’s long-term operation or capital plans.

To ensure compatibility:

  • Potential partners and partnerships shall be carefully vetted by central staff, the superintendent of education and school administration.  
  • School Councils and/or Student Councils, as appropriate, shall be part of the consultation process that will inform decision making. 
  • The Board shall make decisions about partnerships through the approval of partnership agreements in the form of leases. 

Criteria for Selection

Criteria for the selection of potential facility partners must align with the mission and values of the Board and be based on the following principles:  

  • The values of the Board must be respected.
  • Health and safety of students must be protected.
  • Student achievement strategies must be supported.
  • School board operations shall not be negatively impacted.
  • Partnerships must be appropriate for the school setting in accordance with the mandate of the public school system.
  • The value of the partnerships to students must be considered.
  • All costs must be recovered.
  • Organizations that provide competing education services such as tutoring services, JK-12 private schools or private colleges, and credit offering entities that are not government-funded, shall not be eligible facility partners unless specifically approved by the Board.
  • Both non-profit and for-profit entities may be considered, in compliance with local bylaws.

Programs, services and organizations that support the physical health and mental wellbeing of students, staff and communities have a priority among external requests for space.   

Rooms Available for Potential Partnership

Rooms Available for Potential Partnership List

Rooms Available for Potential Partnership Map

Capital Priority Projects

Capital Priority Projects List

Capital Priority Projects Map

Pupil Accommodation Reviews 

The Long-Term Program and Accommodation Strategy included a number of Pupil Accommodation Reviews that are listed below.  Following the Board of Trustee approval of the strategy in June 2017, the Ministry of Education announced that it will be reviewing its Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline.  A revised guideline is expected to be released in spring 2018.

During the review period, school boards cannot begin new Pupil Accommodation Reviews.  As a result, no new Pupil Accommodation Reviews can be initiated by the Toronto District School Board until the new Ministry guideline has been released and the Board’s policy and procedure have been updated to comply with the guideline.  The reviews that were scheduled to be done during the 2017-2018 school year are now on hold.  One review which began last year will be completed by spring 2018.  The review includes the following elementary schools:  Elizabeth Simcoe Junior Public School, Guildwood Junior Public School, Jack Miner Senior Public School and Poplar Road Junior Public School. 

Pupil Accommodation Reviews List

Pupil Accommodation Reviews Map

Non-Operating School Sites 

Non-Operating School Sites List

Non-Operating School Sites Map

Application Process

After reviewing the Community Planning and Partnerships policy; and procedure; , interested organizations are required to complete the application form.

Contact Us

 For information or questions regarding applying for space under the Community Planning and Partnership policy, please contact Andrew Chua by email at CommunityPartnerships@tdsb.on.ca or by phone at 416-394-7277.

If you would like to add your organization's name to our notification list, please contact us.

 

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