Welcome news for parents with children who attend two specialized schools in London.
On Monday, the Ministry of Education announced that all provincial demonstration schools, including the Robarts School for the Deaf (pictured) and Amethyst Demonstration School in London, will remain open.
Ministry officials say they made the decision based on consultations held in the spring with students, families and education and community partners.
“We need to ensure equity and better serve our students who are deaf, blind or have severe learning disabilities by providing them with robust services and effective programs in their home communities,” said Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education.
“The consultation gave us valuable insight and feedback about how to best meet students’ needs so they can reach their full potential in school, and in life. It is important for us to listen to parents and to respond to their advice and insights.”
The issue dates back to the 2012 Drummond Report, which recommended closing all demonstration schools and moving their students to mainstream schools.
Parents protested after the government halted admissions for this fall while it consulted on the future of the schools in London as well as in Belleville, Milton, and Ottawa.