During these unprecedented times, we continue to learn and adjust our usual habits working through this global pandemic. Continue to support our school communities and neighbours and follow the advice of chief public health officer Dr. Heather Morrison.
Congratulations are extended to all those students graduating from high school. Schools are excitedly working on plans for High School Graduations and year end closing activities, within the public health guidelines outlined by the Chief Public Health Office. While activities will not look the same as in previous years, schools are committed to offering a unique experience to mark the end of the school year and wish their students well.
As we move into June and the last month of school for the 2019-2020 school year, Public Schools Branch (PSB) staff are working diligently on the many year-end tasks and are planning and preparing to ensure success for September 2020. In accordance with the provisions of Phase 3 in Renew PEI, school staffs have more opportunities to support students and families throughout the month of June.
Teachers are available to schedule in-person appointments with students who wish to review their learning, the Respite Program is being offered in all PSB schools, some teachers are connecting with students through Google Meet, and PSB consultants and school counsellors have begun to reach out to families needing specialized supports. Home learning will continue until June 12 for high school students and June 19 for K-9 students.
To begin, the P.E.I. Home and School Federation would like to extend our deepest condolences to our friends in Nova Scotia. We are thinking of the school community in Nova Scotia who lost an educator in this tragedy, Lisa McCully was a teacher at Debert Elementary School in Debert, N.S.
This message is from Parker Grimmer, Director Public Schools Branch
April 29, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians and Students;
Former automobile racer Bobby Unser once said: ‘Success is where preparation and opportunity meet’. Some would say he was fortunate to have experienced the thrill of three Indianapolis 500 victories over his career. Success, however, is rarely a matter of luck, but more a matter of preparation, and of doing what needs to be done to be in the path of opportunity.
COVID-19 Update to PSB Parents/Guardians and Students
April 8, 2020
Dear Parents/Guardians and Students;
We appreciate that this continues to be a busy time for families and the learning opportunities happening for students at home may be both rewarding and, at times, frustrating. The Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning (DELL) said at his briefing last evening: ‘Schools are the heart of our communities and they are reaching out to parents and students in ways they have never before.’ By many accounts, so far, this new way of learning is going well. It was clear that there was a high level of engagement happening when listening to a student, parent, and one of our teachers recently on the evening news. We offer our sincere appreciation for the efforts that are taking place in homes across the Island right now.
With the global pandemic of COVID-19 in PEI, we need to support each other now more than ever.
Islanders must continue to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus as directed by the Chief Public Health Officer. Dr. Heather Morrison has recommended for schools to remain closed until at least May 11. This will be re-evaluated as we get closer to the date.
During these difficult times it is important that we continue to assist families experiencing financial difficulties and food insecurity. We know a number of private businesses, food banks, and other community organizations have already stepped up to support students and families with food challenges. To complement these great efforts, the Provincial government is partnering with the PEI Home and School Federation and the Breakfast Club of Canada to assist as many families and children as possible during the COVID-19 crisis.
Beginning the week of March 30, prepared meals and snacks will be provided to families who register for support. Please help ensure your school's families that may need help are aware of these supports and that they register by calling 902-368-5155 or emailing email@example.com