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Thoughtexchange Frequently Asked Questions

What is Thoughtexchange?

Thoughtexchange uses Group Insight Platform™ that fosters information exchange and collaborative leadership to collect and share the community's thoughts. During the three-step process, stakeholders share their thoughts, star what others say, and discover what matters most throughout the process. Participants will be invited by email to participate in the survey. After sharing thoughts on two questions about City of Sarnia elementary schools, participants will be able to prioritize the thoughts/responses of others in the 'Star' phase. A final report of the results will be publicly available in May.

The LKDSB and Thoughtexchange will keep your email address confidential and will not share it with anyone else. You can opt out of the conversation at any time by clicking the opt-out link in any email from Thoughtexchange. Although your thoughts will be shared with others during the "Star" step in the process, your name and email will never be publicly connected to your thoughts, nor will that information be shared with the LKDSB.

Why is the LKDSB looking for public input on future phases of Pupil Accommodation?

The LKDSB is looking for public input proposed plan for the Sarnia Elementary phase of pupil accommodation, which will solicit community input on the following:

1. We are considering plans to reduce the number of Sarnia elementary schools to maximize student supports and increase efficiencies.  Please share your thoughts.

2. We are considering consolidating French Immersion (FI) programming in Sarnia to create single track FI school(s). Please share your thoughts.

Please note that this is not the start of a pupil accommodation review for the area. An Initial Staff Report has not been presented to Trustees for approval.

The LKDSB is committed to engagement of all its stakeholders – students, parents/community and staff. We want our communities and key stakeholders to provide input and work with us to shape what our schools will look like now and into the future.

The LKDSB is currently facing two main challenges – declining enrolment and limited finances, both of which are linked. Our funding is pupil-based; therefore, when student enrolment moves up or down, the funding follows. As well, the maintenance of aging buildings presents its own unique challenges. As a result, the LKDSB is forced to make difficult decisions in order to remain fiscally responsible. The opportunity to consolidate and rebuild our facilities will allow the LKDSB to position itself for the next 50 years, as well as support program enhancements and improve access to facilities.

As outlined in the LKDSB Pupil Accommodation Report 2017/2018, the LKDSB is conducting an online community engagement/study for the potential phase for the City of Sarnia Elementary schools. To facilitate this online engagement, the LKDSB has contracted Thoughtexchange to assist with collecting feedback from various stakeholders. The overall timeframe of the engagement process will be from March 26 to May 2018.

Which schools are considered part of the City of Sarnia Elementary Schools catchment area?

The City of Sarnia Thoughtexchange includes only the elementary schools within the city limits. following elementary schools are included in the City of Sarnia Thoughtexchange:

Bright's Grove Public School
Cathcart Boulevard Public School (dual track English and French Immersion)
Confederation Central School
Errol Road Public School (dual track English and French Immersion)
Hanna Memorial Public School
High Park Public School (dual track English and French Immersion)
King George VI Public School – Sarnia
Lakeroad Public School
Lansdowne Public School
London Road Public School
P.E. McGibbon Public School
Queen Elizabeth II Public School – Sarnia
Rosedale Public School

Click here to see a map of the City of Sarnia elementary schools. Please note, the blue icons indicate schools with dual track English and French Immersion programming and the green icons indicate schools with English programming only.

Please note that these schools are not part of a pupil accommodation review. An Initial Staff Report has not been presented to Trustees for approval.

Click here to read the School & Site Information Summaries.

How can I participate in the Thoughtexchange process?

In order to encourage broad participation in the Thoughtexchange process, the Lambton Kent District School Board is offering multiple options to students, staff, parents and community members in the City of Sarnia. The following methods will be offered:

  1. Online participation: Anyone with an active email account will be able to access the survey online and participate in the process. The Thoughtexchange survey uses responsive design to allow access on multiple devices.
  2. Library: Lambton County's 26 Libraries offer free computer Internet access and WiFi access for those who wish to participate online, but do not have access to technology at home. For a list of locations, please visit the "Branches" page of the Library's website.
  3. Paper Format: If anyone wishes to participate in a paper format, there will be copies of the survey at each of the City of Sarnia elementary schools March 26-30. There will also be copies found at both LKDSB board offices March 26-30. Participants can fill out the information and submit it to the LKDSB to have it included in the 'Share' phase. Please note, paper format for the 'Star' phase is not available.

Please note: A reliable Internet connection is needed to participate in the Thoughtexchange. If you receive an error message indicating that your participation may not be saved, you may be experiencing low or intermittent Internet connectivity. If that happens, switch to a better/different Internet connection and try again, or try again later. 

If you are having trouble accessing the Thoughtexchange, please contact Thoughtexchange for support at 1-800-361-9027 ext. 2 or email support@thoughtexchange.com.

I am not a member of these school communities, but I have some thoughts I would like to share. Can I participate in the Thoughtexchange process?

The LKDSB is looking for input from all interested stakeholders – regardless of whether you live in the school catchment areas or not. We want to hear your voice. As long as you have a valid email address, you can participate in the online process.

Alternatively, participants can also complete the paper format. If anyone wishes to participate in a paper format, there will be copies of the survey at each of the City of Sarnia elementary schools March 26-30. There will also be copies found at both LKDSB board offices March 26-30. Participants can fill out the information and submit it to the LKDSB to have it included in the 'Share' phase. Please note, paper format for the 'Star' phase is not available.

If you have any questions about the process or require additional information, or if you require this information in an accessible format, please contact thoughtexchange@lkdsb.net.