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No rule on using Kamloops school playgrounds during school hours

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November 14, 2015 - 10:30 AM

KAMLOOPS – What started as a day at the park, turned into an annoyed rant on social media.

A parent posted to the Facebook group Brock Watch claiming to have been kicked out of, what she thought, was a public space.

I am disappointed. Yesterday I took my son to the school park at Oak Hills and was told to leave because we didn’t belong to that school. They told me during school hours nobody could use the park. Has anybody heard something like that? They say that is the rule.

After only 13 hours, the post received 39 comments. Some said they had heard of the rule, but few seemed to understand the rationale.

A park is for children to play; all children and all the time. Give me a break.

“We actually had a call about that,” Kamloops Thompson School District Assistant Supt. John Churchley says of the park incident.

He says the district essentially leases the Oak Hills grounds to the French school board, Conseil Scolaire Francophone, and is unaware if there is policy in place at the primary school dictating who can use the space.

“They set whatever rules they want,” Churchley says. “We don't have a set rule.”

“We don't like to have strange adults on school grounds during the day,” he says, but adds the public using playgrounds usually doesn’t become an issue.

"If someone walks their dog every day and leaves a mess, then, yes, we’d ask them not to use the yard,” Churchley says. “It's a problem when it’s a problem.”

To contact a reporter for this story, email Dana Reynolds at dreynolds@infonews.ca or call 250-819-6089. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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