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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.

A Home and School first: Federation conducts virtual meeting.

More than 60 people from across P.E.I. met using Zoom on Sept.14th to conduct the 67thannual meeting of the P.E.I. Home and School Federation. Delegates reported that the meeting was well organized and they will participate online again during the pandemic. The business meeting included the passage of resolutions covering issues including principal/vice principal allotment, school websites hosted on the government’s server and analysis of report cards.

Election for new president on Sept. 14: P.E.I. Home and School Federation AGM to be held virtually

The PEI Home and School Federation will elect a new president this September. It is hard to believe my two years as president of the Federation has been here and gone so quickly.

I want to start my last column by thanking the Chief Public Health Officers, scientists, and health-care professionals who have guided Canadians through the global pandemic thus far. It is important to take the advice of experts in health and science to guide P.E.I. through the pandemic. Dr. Heather Morrison, P.E.I. Chief Public Health Officer, also has to be recognized for getting Islanders through these difficult times.

A new look to year-end activities: Pandemic forces teachers, students, parents to learn, adjust and support each other.

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.

Learning at home. Wide variety of materials have been designed for parents to support their children

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.

Classrooms at home: Students can access online learning opportunities provided by the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning

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.


Details announced for 67th annual event. Resolutions passed give P.E.I. Home and School Federation direction to take in terms of advocacy on education, health, and safety topics as related to student learning and well-being.

The theme of the 67th Annual Meeting & Convention is Healthy Bodies = Healthy Minds. You are invited to attend the AGM on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel!  


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