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Important Message from Acting Director Norbert Carpenter. Island children and education staff have been back in school for one month....

This message is from Norbert Carpenter, Acting Director, Public Schools Branch


Parents and Guardians,

Island children and education staff have been back in school for one month. At this time, it is important to recognize the tremendous work our education system, parents, students and the Chief Public Health Office have put into ensuring this school year, while different, can be successful. The health and safety of our school community is our top priority and we have put measures in place to support a positive learning experience for all.

Back to School Plan, Fall 2020

Government News Release Published Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 | View More

Students return to in-class learning 

Island schools will be ready to safely welcome students and staff this fall with additional resources and enhanced health and safety measures. 

Public schools across the province will return to full-time in-class learning on Tuesday, September 8. The plan for the 2020-2021 school year, outlined today, was developed with education partners based on guidelines from the Chief Public Health Office. 

Message to Parents/Guardians and Students from the PSB During COVID-19.

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

Public Schools Branch

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.

Everybody is Working Hard

PEI School Food Project

PEI School Food Project


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


Provincial Heritage Fair cancelled....coordinating Canada's Virtual Heritage Fair

Canada's History, the national coordinating body of the Heritage Fairs program will coordinate Canada's Virtual Heritage Fair. 

Any student in grades 3 - 11 can register, with parent/guardian's permission. More information : or in French( )

Province outlines next steps for children and students

The Province of Prince Edward Island announced plans to support children, students, families and teachers impacted by school and daycare closures due to COVID-19.


To ensure the health and safety of students, teachers and administration, all schools across Prince Edward Island remain closed for in-person classes until, at minimum, May 11. Over the past few weeks, the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning has been working with the Public Schools Branch, Commission scolaire de langue française and teachers from across the province to develop at-home learning activities.

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.


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