The new school year in the Queen City is less than a month old some Regina Public students are already on their second teacher.
This year 16 teachers have been re-located since school resumed for the new year.
The opening of the new joint-use schools along with more late registrations and student transfers is the reason, says Terry Lazarou with Regina Public Schools.
Lazarou knows it can be a tough transition for students, but underscored situations like this are often unavoidable.
“Is it an ideal situation? Absolutely not,” Lazarou said. “We always strive to minimize stress that happens at the beginning of the year. Both for staff and especially for students. But the beginning of this year has been a bit of an anomaly.”
Lazarou says educators aim for the average class to have 24 students and some late registrations this year along with the opening of the joint-use schools forced them to make some extra re-locations late this year.
“Some of the families that move to new schools don’t necessarily let the school division know they are going to a different school,” Lazarou said. “They haven’t registered in advance. So we have to — as a school division — scramble to ensure that we have an appropriate and equitable level of staffing at every school.”
Most years, ten teachers are re-located and are notified about the moves in May or June, Lazarou says.
“We have a larger number of students showing up for school on the first day,” Lazarou said. “So, we have to rebalance our teaching staff. It’s a normal thing which happens frequently. And every school year, we adjust our staffing levels.”