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Regina mom worried about classroom switch for son who has learning disability
Published Tuesday, September 19, 2017 6:41PM CST
A Regina woman is upset after finding out her son would be moved from a Grade 3 class to a Grade 2-3 split class at the Ruth M. Buck School.
“You think that your child is going into the school year and is happy with his class and is going to have a good year and you get told that all the things that he's happy about aren't happening anymore so it's really hard," said Ann Farn.
Farn’s eight-year-old son, Xander, has a learning disability and she’s worried he has been selected to change classrooms because of that.
Whether he's being singled out for being a challenging kid or that kind of stuff," said Farn.
The Regina Public School board said it's very normal for schools to move teachers or students from different rooms in the first month of school to ensure all classes have an appropriate student-teacher ratio.
The board said it tries to estimate how many students will be attending a school before the first day, but some parents don't enroll their child until the first day of school, which causes these sorts of challenges.
"Students that are staying in the school would automatically be enrolled but if, let's say, somebody moves to a new neighbourhood and they want to go to that new school that they enroll or apply to go to that practically school then we have numbers in advance," said Regina Public Schools spokesperson Terry Lazarou.
The board says deciding which students will change classrooms is a decision made by the principal, teachers and the school board. The board says it works to create equity within the schools and classrooms and also look at what's best for every student.
The board says it aims for a student-teacher ratio in every classroom of about 24 students. The board said this year, there are more students being moved to different rooms because of the three new schools that have opened.
"What happens is those schools open and they draw students out from existing schools," said Lazarou.
Farn met with her son's principal on Tuesday and expects to hear on Wednesday which classroom her son will finish out the school year in.
"It's going to be hard on him at a social level, at a learning level and at a family level because it's going to impact all those aspects and it's going to be challenging for him," said Farn.