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Prince Edward Island extends closures for schools, daycares, non-essential services

Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, has announced extensions to closures for Island schools, daycares, non-essential government services and non-essential businesses due to COVID-19.

All schools across Prince Edward Island will remain closed for in-person classes and daycares will remain closed until, at minimum, May 11. This will be re-evaluated closer to the date.

Non-essential government services and non-essential businesses will remain closed indefinitely as the situation continues to be re-evaluated on a regular basis. Staff should continue working from home wherever possible, and only essential workers should be on site.

Dr. Morrison reminded Islanders that anyone travelling across the Confederation Bridge should be doing so only out of necessity.

FREE Food Resources on PEI

March 25, 2020 FREE Food Resources on PEI Update…….

 

**New toll free number to call if you need someone to deliver food to your home 1-833-533-9333.

And checkout the information below for organizations and businesses across PEI who are providing food.

Tammy MacKinnon shares on her Facebook that she has been sending out tons of messages and on the phone trying to find all the free food resources available for people across PEI. “I will add more as I hear of more available,” says Tammy.

Home Learning Resources

 

The following information was prepared by PEI's Department of Education and Lifelong Learning:

Home Learning Resources

Home Learning Resources (.pdf) 363KB

In light of the school closures, the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning is providing ongoing learning opportunities for students while at home. We recommend home learning that focuses on three key areas; health and well-being, literacy and numeracy.

Initial activities that support ongoing learning can be found below. Additional learning resources will be posted on Wednesday, March 25th.

For those who do not have Internet access, we are working to provide offline access to activities. 

Public School Branch schools and offices across the Island will be closed for the next two weeks, until April 3.

Information from the Public Schools Branch:

We recognize that this March Break has presented significant challenges for families, and as it draws to a close, we understand that parents, students and staff are thinking about school in the days ahead. Public School Branch schools and offices across the Island will be closed for the next two weeks, until April 3.

The purpose for closing schools is to try to prevent further transmission of COVID-19. The PSB is doing our part to follow Public Health experts who are urging everyone to be aggressive in their efforts to “flatten the curve”. The health and safety of our students and staff as well as all islanders is our priority. In addition to closing PSB schools and offices for the next two weeks, please note the following: *

Provincial Home and School office closed to the public in support of Chief Public Health Office...

To support the efforts of the Chief Public Health Office to deal with COVID-19, the PEI Home and School Federation office is closed to the public. Please contact the office by phone 902-620-3186 / 1-800-916-0664 or email: peihsf@edu.pe.ca Thank you.

 

 

 

 

Keeping calm amid COVID-19

Information from the Public Schools Branch and Employee Assistance Program

If you are feeling nervous about COVID-19, you are not alone.  Being concerned about this outbreak is a normal reaction.  In times of uncertainty, it is very normal to be preoccupied with the situation, worry about loved ones, experienced disrupted sleep and overthink.  Below are some tips from the professionals with the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), to help with some of these normal stress reactions:

Premier announces initial financial support, declares public health emergency

News Release

Published Date: Monday, March 16, 2020

Premier Dennis King today announced an initial $25 million Emergency Contingency Fund to support Island workers, including the self-employed, and small businesses who are affected by COVID-19.  

“We know the decisions that we are making today as Cabinet and as a government are significant; however, we are making them with the best interests, health and safety of Islanders in mind,” said Premier King.

“Our three special executive council committees – Economy and Business Supports, Labour and Social Support, and Government Operations – are actively working to develop measures to address economic and community. I have invited the leader of the official opposition, Peter Bevan Baker, and the leader of the Third Party, Sonny Gallant, to join these committees.

Schools and child-care centres close in light of COVID-19 on P.E.I.

Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison, announces additional provincial measures to protect the health and safety of Islanders as the COVID-19 situation continues. 

Effective March 17, 2020, all public licensed child care centres will be closed until further notice and all public schools will be closed for two weeks following March Break (March 23 to April 3) and will be reassessed.

“School and licensed child care centre closures will assist in our efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and keep all Islanders, especially our most vulnerable citizens, safe,” said Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Heather Morrison. “This is a rapidly evolving situation and we continue to make decisions in the public interest as new information becomes available.” 

Additional measures include the immediate closure of Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park at Brookvale, and all provincially run visitor information centres. 

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