Message from PSB

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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We Miss You – Englewood!

We’ll Be There For You!

Watch our Video for the Englewood Community Below

https://drive.google.com/open?id=12UuCpmFWfRt5IF_GxC-sHEC9uKRFMJ3M

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Username/Password Requests

Please refer to the message below. If your child(ren) need their username/password information, follow the instructions found in this message.

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.

https://forms.gle/7WUTPKKZjyPimwg49

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PSB – Updated Online Resources

This email is to let you know the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning has updated their online resources. If you and your students follow the link below you can see grade specific exercises that can be completed at home during this time to continue their learning.

For those who do not have Internet access, the DELL is working to provide offline access to activities.

We appreciate that this is a challenging time for families and the learning opportunities are provided as time permits in your household.

The website can be found at:

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-and-lifelong-learning/home-learning-resources

 

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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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Message from The Public School Branch

See attached notice from the Public School Branch

COVID-19 Communication Mar 1920

We recognize that this March Break has presented significant and unprecedented challenges for families, andas it draws to a close, we understand that there will be questions about teaching and learning.

PSB, CSLF and the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning are working together to determine what home learning options might be available to students after the break. As of yesterday, the Chief Public Health Officer has limited access to buildings, so we will be working with administrators to coordinate brief periods of access for teachers as needed. Next week, our education system will be working with teachers to develop plans to support students in the event that they return to school on April 6, or if they are to remain out of school for a longer period of time.

Education authorities recognize the pressing needs of our graduating class, and students can be assured that graduation opportunities will not be compromised due to school closures. The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, CSLF, PSB and regional post-secondary institutions are committed to working together in the best interests of students and their transitions from high school to post-secondary. Locally, Holland
College, UPEI and Collège de l’Île are willing to be accommodating and flexible to facilitate the admissions process for new students.

Well-being is an equally important consideration in these challenging times, and some children will be feeling anxious. Signs to look for are irritability, excessive questions and worry, poor sleep and/or eating habits, and other unexplained behaviors.

It is important to remember that our children will look to us for our reactions to the situation and will model what they see. Please remind your children that education and health authorities are working hard to make sure our schools remain safe, clean and healthy.

Tips for parents:
● Take the time to practice safe hygiene strategies and model these for your children
● Try to maintain a normal schedule
● Try to remain calm, and remember your children may need extra reassurances and more of your attention than normal.
● Use caution with the Covid-19 information that you let into your home. Children require facts but do not need to listen to the news all day.
● Remember that your teens could be receiving a lot of false information via social media.
● Try to incorporate daily exercise and get out in the fresh air if possible
● Limit screen time Most importantly, take care of each other; and try to answer questions in an honest and age appropriate manner.
● For more information visit www.princeedwardisland.ca/covid19
● For general questions about COVID-19, call 1-800-958-6400
● If you have just returned from outside of Canada and have symptoms, including a cough, fever or difficulty breathing, call 811.

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COVID-19 – Notice for Families – March Break Travel

Please read the following release from the Chief Public Health Officer  20200306 PEI Schools March Break FINAL_1

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Occupational Therapy Tip of the Month

Englewood Parents,

Englewood has been working with Nicole MacLauchlan OT Reg. (PEI) Occupational Therapist (cnmaclauchlan@ihis.org

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Google Log-ins

Student Google Password Reset

On Friday, March 6 in the afternoon, all passwords for PSB student Google accounts will be reset. This is a standard practice that supports our efforts to ensure Government’s systems and servers remain protected. Students will be given their new passwords on Monday, March 9 at school. Schools are aware of this and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Parent Teacher Interviews Will Proceed as Scheduled

Parent teacher interviews for ALL Families of Schools will proceed as planned this evening, Thursday, March 5, 2020.
This message will be posted to the PSB website, PSB Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Please share with your parent communities in whatever way is best for your school.  Please share with your staff.
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