Always be aware of school buses on the road


School Bus Safety
School bus drivers are doing their utmost to keep students safe. Remember to slow down when you see flashing amber lights and prepare to stop. When red lights are flashing motorists must make a full stop, no fewer than six metres (20 feet) from the bus.  
It is illegal and dangerous to pass a bus when lights are flashing. I challenge each person who reads this article to speak to another two to three people about school bus safety. We need to create a culture of school bus safety; our students lives are at risk.

School Walkways and Masks
School entrance and exit walkways will be cleared as winter approaches. Many of these paths and doorways were not built for heavy traffic, and wet weather adds to increased safety precautions for students and staff. Masks help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Washing your child’s masks regularly and packing an extra mask is helping everyone. Home and Schools are encouraged to review the current revised operational plans with administrators.


School Governance
A key determinant of student success is parental and community involvement in school-decision making at the local level. The Charting the Way final report of the Education Governance Commission March 2012  provides 48 key recommendations, after extensive research and collaboration with stakeholders across P.E.I., which include the recommendation  that “school districts be governed by elected boards of trustees.”  Home and School Associations, Islandwide, passed a resolution in 2018 requesting a revision of the education act and return to elected school. The current government has committed to returning to elected officials. Federation representatives met Oct. 27 with the government’s standing committee on education and economic growth to present on an elected school governance model.


Parent Leadership Grants
Home and Schools may apply for a Parent Leadership Project grant up to $1000. Topics are to educate school communities in areas that impact families (health and wellness, diversity, cultural awareness) and aid parents in helping children with math homework, literacy, and more. Go to The submission deadline is Dec. 11. Contact the federation office for  information and project tips.


Recognition and Awards Programs
It’s time to think ahead about celebrating school staff and volunteers in 2021. Parents, school staff and students may nominate deserving individuals for recognition by the P.E.I. Home and School Federation. Award programs include the Extra Mile Award, Home and School volunteer of the year, Home and School life member, school bus drivers, and school crossing guards. Submission deadlines apply with the Extra Mile Award, due Jan. 22nd.  Go to to find all award details.


Sign up for School Lunch Program
Anyone interested in signing up for the Healthy School Lunch Program can do so at   An email will then be with a username and password. Participants log in at and order meals for two weeks at a time. It is necessary to complete the order the Friday before each new cycle. For information call, 902-438-4895 or email (link sends e-mail)


Thanks to the teachers, educational assistants, administrators, bus drivers, custodians and all educational staff for the great start to the 2020 school year. It has been one for the history books and we the additional work being done to make their school environment safe and ready for learning is appreciated.

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Heather Mullen, president of P.E.I. Home and School Federation, lives in Lot 38, Canavoy with her husband and two children, who attend Mount Stewart Consolidated School and Birchwood Intermediate School. Her column appears in The Guardian during the school year on the first Friday of the month. She welcomes comments from readers and information from the column and can be reached at 902-620-3186.