Welcome Back!

Dear PSB Families –

 

Welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year!  We are excited to be returning to in-person learning in schools next week and look forward to seeing your children.  All schools have been working hard to prepare for the return to school and will provide you with specific details about your child’s school.  

 

We would like to provide you with some information that applies to all 56 schools in the Public Schools Branch.

 

Back To School Website – All school operational plans can be found on the Back to School Website.  https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/back-school

 

Communication with Parents – Schools work hard to provide excellent communication and information to parents on a wide variety of school specific matters.  The PSB will provide parents with  system related information through the following.  Check us out!

PSB website (https://edu.princeedwardisland.ca/psb/)

PSB Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/publicschoolsbranch)

PSB Instagram (https://instagram.com/psbpei/)

PSB Twitter (https://twitter.com/PSBPEI)

 

Pre-Screening your Children – Every morning we ask that you check-in with your child to see how they are feeling.  Your school will provide you with a pre-screening checklist that will help to decide if your child should come to school.  If your child is feeling unwell and is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that they stay home and suggest you call 811 or your healthcare provider for information.  The pre-screening checklists can also be found on the PSB website and PSB social media. https://edu.princeedwardisland.ca/psb/

 

At School – If you child feels unwell while at school, a staff person will call you and ask you to come pick up your child.  If the child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, the school will suggest you call 811 or your healthcare provider.  If your child is advised to get tested for COVID-19, your child must remain home until a negative result is found.  Others in the household do not need to self-isolate at this time.  We appreciate your support with these unexpected circumstances.

 

COVID-19 Positive Case in Schools – Schools and the PSB have developed a protocol in the event of a student or staff person testing positive for COVID-19.  This would include timely communication with those impacted, working collaboratively with CPHO to determine contact tracing and case-by-case decision making on if classes, cohorts or schools would need to remain home.  

 

Contact Information – Please ensure your contact information is up-to-date at your school.  It is important that the school can reach you or a caregiver for your child when necessary.  

 

Alternate Arrangements Sometimes unpredictable events occur that require your child to go home from school early.  Please ensure alternate arrangements are made in the event that your child needs to go home when feeling unwell or in the event of an early school closure due to a power outage, inclement weather, etc.. 

 

Visitor’s in Schools – Schools remain welcoming environments to students, staff and visitors.  With our ongoing focus on student and staff safety, visitors in schools will be reduced and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  We encourage parents and other visitors to limit the number of visits to schools.

 

Meet the Staff Events – Many schools usually host mid-September “Meet the Staff” events to provide parents an opportunity to meet the staff at each school.  At this time, PSB schools will not be hosting in-person events.  If you have questions or concerns, we encourage parents to reach out to their child’s teacher.

 

Masks in Schools – Please visit the PSB Guidelines for Return to School 2020 to see the new masking guidelines.  https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/back-school  It will be important for us all to work together to help students understand the guidelines.  Please purchase a personal, non-medical mask for your child and talk to them about wearing it. Please watch these videos with your children before school!

 

Mask Video 1 – https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-and-lifelong-learning/wearing-masks-and-ppe-schools

 

Mask Video 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzXZcOObiyo

 

Before/After school activities – All before and after school activities have been “paused” during the school start up.  Schools will communicate further when this changes.

 

Helpful Videos – A few other videos that you may find helpful are below.  Please take some time to watch them with your children.

 

Back to School Info – https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/keeping-everyone-safe

 

Younger children – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOclshVIKss

 

Older children – https://youtu.be/jlnqaXoPm_o 

 

Physical Distancing –

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-and-lifelong-learning/physical-distancing-schools

 

Thank you for your ongoing support with Back to School 2020!  See you soon!

Public Schools Branch

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Important Details Regarding this School Year

Cohort Information :
Lower 1 Cohort LC1 : This will include grades K and 1. Approximately 33 students
Lower 2 Cohort LC2 : This will include grade 2 and 3. Approximately 36 students
Upper Cohort UC : This will include grades 4, 5, and 6. Approximately 46 students

Arrival Information:                                                                                                                    Parent drop off – This can begin at 8:00 and will end at 8:15 . Parents will drop off the
Upper Cohort students at the side entrance beginning at 8:00 and then continue to the
back entrance where they will drop off the Lower Cohorts students. All students will be
encouraged to keep their non-medical masks on as they enter the school and proceed
directly to their classroom. Parents remain in their vehicle.
Bus – Buses will unload the Upper Cohort students at the side entrance beginning at 8:20
and then continue to the back entrance where they will unload the Lower Cohorts. Only
one bus will be allowed to unload at a time. All students will be encouraged to keep their
non-medical masks on as they enter the school and will directly proceed to their
classroom.
Walkers – Students who walk to school will enter the school, they will be encouraged to
wear a non-medical mask, and they will enter through the main entrance (visitor’s
entrance). From here they will be met by a member of the administrative team and will be directed to their classroom.

Departure Information :
Bus – Students travelling by bus will be dismissed first. Buses will load the Upper Cohort
students at the side entrance beginning at 2:20 and then continue to the back entrance
where they will load the Lower Cohorts. Only one bus will be allowed to load at a time. All students will be encouraged to keep their non-medical masks on as they enter the bus
and will directly proceed to their assigned seat.

Parent pick-up – This will only happen between 2:30 and 2:45 . This can begin at 2:30 and will end at 2:45 . Parents will pick up the Upper Cohort students at the side entrance
beginning at 2:30 and then continue to the back entrance where they will pick up the
Lower Cohorts students. A staff member will check to see what student or students they
are picking up. Parents will remain in their vehicle.

Walkers – Walkers will be dismissed while the buses are being loaded. An administrator
will walk the students to the end of the school property.

Visitor Zone :
● All non-staff staff and non-student personnel will be required to enter the school
via the main entrance.
● Our “visitor zone” will be located at the front entrance landing. There will be a
maximum of two people permitted in the visitor zone at a time. Please remain
outside until space allows for entry.
● Visitor zone will be supervised by office staff who will direct the visit
appropriately.
● Unless urgent or an emergency, parents will not be permitted beyond the visitor
zone. A staff person will manage all parent requests.
● If you are coming to the school outside of our pick-up and drop-off times please
use this front entrance.

Lunch and Recess Times :
Little Recess :
○ LC1 and LC2 students will have little recess from 10:00 – 10:15.
○ Upper Cohort students will have little recess from 10:20 – 10:35.
Big Recess :
○ LC1 and LC2 students will have big recess from 11:40 – 12:10. Upper Cohort Students
will be eating during this time.
○ Upper Cohort students will have big recess from 12:15 – 12:45. LC1 and LC2 students
will be eating during this time.

Hot Lunch Program : The province is implementing a new lunch program this year in all schools. In discussion with our Home and School, we have decided to only use the
Provincial Program and we will reassess this at the end of this school year. This program
is a pay what you can up to $5. Register now: http://www.peischoolfood.ca
Students will still be able to order milk and yogurt tubes through school lunch orders.

Breakfast Program : We will be having a Breakfast Program. The start date for this is not yet determined.

Bus Information : Our bus routes are unchanged for this year. You can refer to the Bus
Planner https://psbbusing.princeedwardisland.ca/ for your specific pick up and drop off
time. Bus drivers will be taking attendance this year and loading and unloading buses
will take more time as well. Therefore pick-up and drop-off times may vary.
● The PSB will impose restrictions regarding bus passes. Until further notice, PSB
buses will only consider pick-ups and drop-offs of students at the collection
points associated with their primary place of residence/child care.
For full details regarding the Alberton Elementary Operational Plan please visit:

Click to access alberton_planning_template.pdf

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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

Our staff have been working very hard over the last week, with our partners at the DELL, preparing for this new reality and how we will continue to create learning opportunities for students. Our teachers and staff care very deeply about the success of students and their commitment to ensuring that students have the skills they need to be successful is unchanged, even in these challenging times.

We are also realizing that our education system does not stand by itself. We are linked with everyone’s realities and we are partners dealing with this global health crisis. We are all working hard under these circumstances, including following all the health advice of the Chief Public Health Office, to make this transition to home learning as seamless as possible. What students, parents, and teachers are doing has never been done before in our lifetime. Feeling successful as we learn and work differently is going to take some time. It is appropriate to start slowly while we establish new routines. Our teachers are presently looking at ways to develop and share learning resources that will be helpful to students, parents, and learning.

Learning Materials for Students

We understand that some of our students and parents are interested in collecting learning materials at their schools to support learning at home. We are exploring ways to do this that would follow the necessary health requirements of the Chief Public Health Office. We thank everyone for their patience and we look forward to providing you with more information in the future.

A basic school supply package including paper, pencils, and scribblers is being made available for any student or parent who may not have access to these materials at this time. Families are asked to contact the Support for Families line at 902-368-5155 or supportforfamilies@edu.pe.ca for further information and assistance.

School Trips

Due to COVID-19, the PSB has canceled all in-province and out-of-province student travel for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. This includes all end of year field trips. Non-fundraised money that students or parents paid directly toward school trips will be returned. Schools that have been impacted by this decision are currently working with the PSB to return non-fundraised money back to families as soon as possible.

The PSB is committed to ensuring that our students have what they need to be successful. We are looking forward to the date when we can welcome our students back into our face-to-face learning environments to continue the learning and the great experiences everyone expects of public education. What will remain the same until then is that the relationships we have with students and parents matter a great deal. We are in this together and education will continue as we move forward.

We thank everyone for their support and we look forward to connecting and working with students and parents in the days ahead.

Parker Grimmer

Director, Public Schools Branch

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April 1, 2020

Dear PSB Parents/Guardians and Students;

I know there are many PSB students and parents who are at home wondering about the changes to student learning over the coming weeks. There may also be increasing concerns about everyone’s mental health and well-being as we make our way through each day in this new reality. We all have questions, but are also starting to have some of the answers.

Student Learning

Premier Dennis King, Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning Brad Trivers, and Department of Education and Lifelong Learning (DELL) Director of English Programs, Dr. Tammy Hubley-Little gave details of the educational plan for students at a public briefing yesterday afternoon. Additional information with guidelines to help frame expectations and responsibilities for home learning have also been shared with teachers.

We know that learning for students will continue even though classes are canceled until May 11. DELL staff are supporting teachers in compacting their courses and curricula. Teachers will be collaborating with each other to enable learning opportunities for students to continue. DELL staff will support teachers as they transition to leading their students’ home learning.

During the week of April 6th, home learning will transition from the DELL resources that have been provided through our website to the direction of teachers. Students who were on track and were engaged with their learning prior to the school closure, will graduate from grade 12 or progress to their next grade level. A plan will be put in place before students return to school to address any learning gaps that exist as a result of this pandemic.

We are working to ensure that programming and resources are in place that are fair and equitable for all our students. This includes consideration for families who do not have internet access or other resources. The PSB is also working with the DELL to develop a plan that will provide curricular support in a variety of ways so that access will be reasonably available to all. We have the flexibility with our education system to support students and we have a lot of qualified staff who will ensure students are not left behind. When students return to school, we will refocus our efforts so we can move all students forward in the learning journey.

Our teachers are excited to resume their efforts to assist students with their learning. Many have been or are in the process of reaching out to students to check in to see how things are going. I want to reassure you that our staff are working very hard to prepare for this new way of learning. Until this plan is fully shared with students and parents, I encourage you to continue to look at resources that have been posted on our website to support learning at home. Additionally, please consider the positive impact something as simple as integrating learning into your daily routines can be. For example, a half hour of reading a couple times a day, regular exercise, or assisting in measuring items for meal preparation. These are a few simple things that can support students with continuation of learning in a manageable way until more formal learning opportunities are implemented.

I encourage you to please refer to the Parents and Students – School Closure FAQ located at https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-and-lifelong-learning/parents-and-students-school-closure-faq and on our website for more information about home learning questions and resources provided for students to continue learning.

Support for Families

With classes not resuming until May 11, the absence of access to school breakfast and lunch programs may put a financial strain on families. Assistance is being provided to families dealing with food insecurity. Families are being asked to contact the Support for Families line 902-368-5155 or supportforfamilies@edu.pe.ca for further information and assistance. If you know of a family who could use this support, please share this information with them.

Among the best things we can all do right now is to focus on our family and being well. We have created a Student Services Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/psbstudentservices for families to access information that may be of assistance to help through this difficult and stressful time. Please refer to https://edu.princeedwardisland.ca/psb/parents_students/covid-19-resources/ for some helpful resources.

We are clearly in unprecedented times. Premier King said at yesterday’s briefing that we are in this together and assured us, ‘we will get through this together’. This is also our commitment from everyone at the PSB. We know that there will continue to be questions. We will try to ensure a timely response to the questions that come our way, and we will post our responses on our PSB website. Please check back often and we will do our best to keep you as up-to-date as possible through our weekly Wednesday messages.

Thank you for your continued support.

Parker Grimmer

Director, Public School Branch

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Student Computer Account Information Request

Student Computer Account Information Request
Have you forgotten your computer account information? Please fill in the details at the link below. The staff at the Public Schools Branch will call the home telephone number we have on file for you or your student. We know you will be patient with us.
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PSB weekly post

March 25, 2020

Dear PSB parents/guardians and students,

Circumstances have required that our schools remain closed until at least April 6. I want to acknowledge that the decision has created significant challenges for you and our Public Schools Branch staff. Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, as well as your creativity and flexibility in the days ahead.

Everyone is looking to be helpful at this time. One way is to follow the direction of the Chief Public Health officer and stay home, when we can. Staying home keeps us all safe, limits the spread of COVID–19 and assists to ‘flatten the curve,’ which our health care system needs. Thank you for taking good care of each other while at home.

Student Learning

The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning (DELL) has provided ongoing learning opportunities for students while at home. Parents/guardians and students can refer to the PSB website at https://edu.princeedwardisland.ca/psb/ for initial activities and resources that will support ongoing student learning at home. The activities are intended to assist students in the areas of health and well-being, literacy and numeracy, however, they are not required to complete every activity.

Please know that teachers are exploring additional learning opportunities for students, should we find we are not able to return to school after April 3. We are working on what this learning might look like and we will communicate the plan, should it become necessary.

Support for Families

With our PSB schools being closed, the absence of access to school breakfast and lunch programs has put a financial strain on many families. Assistance is being provided to families dealing with food insecurity. Families are being asked to contact the Support for Families lines 902-368-5155 or 902-368-6990 or supportforfamilies@edu.pe.ca for further information and assistance. If you know of a family who could use this support, please share this information with them.

New Ways to Connect

I know many students are missing their classmates and teachers. Our teachers and staff are missing the contact with students and colleagues as well. We need to find creative ways to stay connected with our PSB family. I will be sharing a Wednesday message every week to help keep you connected and informed until we are able to welcome students back into our schools.

We have all been inspired by the messages and creative ways that staff from our schools are using to connect with students. Equally amazing has been the response by students with pictures and videos sharing how much they love their school and miss the teachers and staff. We are finding ways to make meaningful connections, while also keeping our distance. Thank you for reaching out and supporting each other during these uncertain times. We are looking forward to connecting further with students and parents/guardians in the days ahead.

Parker Grimmer

Director, Public School Branch

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COVID–19 Support for Families

 

COVID–19 has impacted all of us in ways we couldn’t have expected. With our PSB schools being closed, the absence of access to school breakfast and lunch programs has put a financial strain on many families. Assistance is being provided to families dealing with food insecurity. Please contact the Support for Families lines 902-368-5155 or 902-368-6990 or supportforfamilies@edu.pe.ca with your name and contact information so we can get back to you about the supports that are available to assist you and your family at this time.

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School Playgrounds are Closed

Effective March 23, all PSB school playgrounds are closed, until further notice. The closure supports the direction of the Chief Public Health Office to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for not using the play equipment.

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Notice to Parents

Dear parents –

We are currently experiencing an interruption in SAS, the program that island teachers use to complete report cards. Parent-teacher interviews will proceed as planned, but some report cards will be delayed for our K to 9 schools. When we have more information around report card timelines, we will update you. 

Public Schools Branch

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Home and School

Next Home and School meeting is December 9th, at 630pm.

They will be treating the whole school to a homemade turkey dinner on December 13th.

The Christmas Bizarre will be held on December 17th. Happy shopping!!

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