Nanaimo school district is giving consideration to rebranding its distance education program from Learn at Home k-12 to Island ConnectEd k-12.
The two Learn at Home programs, for grades k-7 and 8-12, are slated to be combined into the Learn at Home k-12 program in September, headquartered at the Mount Benson Elementary School site. K-7 was situated at Departure Bay Eco-School previously, while 8-12 was at Nanaimo District Secondary School.
At the committee’s June 8 meeting, the name change was recommended. The program has become more than just a learn at home program, said Scott Saywell, assistant school superintendent, at the meeting.
“I think we’ve moved to some different learning formats, face-to-face, some other things. It’s time for a change. It’s always been Learn at Home is a bit of a misnomer because kids are often learning at school,” said Saywell.
A special committee, comprised of administrators and stakeholders, selected Island ConnectEd out of three options. The district said the word Island isn’t “limiting,” as the program includes more than just Nanaimo students.
ConnectEd is in reference to a number of notable aspects the district has for the school vision. The district wants to be connected with students, teachers and other stakeholders – it is also connected through online studies.
Furthermore, the program initials form ice, which could hold good potential for marketing, although that topic would broached in the future.
Arbutus ConnectEd and Coastal ConnectEd where the other possible options.
The school board is anticipated to give final approval of the recommendation at its June 22 meeting