A Message from the Public Schools

April 1, 2020

Dear 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 to 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 cancelled 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

 

 

Google Passwords for Students

Student Computer Account Information Request
We have received many requests for student computer account information.  For a short period of time, we are not taking any new requests so we can “catch up”!  Please note, that when the Public Schools Branch calls you back, the call will appear as “blocked caller” – please answer so we can give you the information!  Also, please only submit one request per student!  We will get back to you as soon as we can!

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 line 902-368-5155 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.

Student Learning & Teacher Support

Starting today, March 23, the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning (DELL) is providing ongoing learning opportunities for students while at home. Parents and students are able to refer to the PSB website at https://edu.princeedwardisland.ca/psb/ for initial activities and tasks that will support ongoing student learning. Additional learning resources will be posted on Wednesday, March 25th.

School Playground is Closed

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.

COVID-19 Update from the Public Schools Branch

COVID-19 Update on Learning Supports

We recognize that this March Break has presented significant and unprecedented challenges for families, and as 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 https://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.

Day 6- March 13, 2020

  • Intramural Soccer Battle happened yesterday- There were some very exciting games, the Staff Snipers came out on top with the exception of the Staff vs. Calliope’s Club who won with the lone goal by Olivia M. with only 2 seconds left on the clock
  • School Skate happening today- students will leave the school at 1:25 pm to make their way to Three Rivers Sportsplex
  • Last day before March Break- We will see everyone March 23 (Day 1) 
  • Welcome to staff guests and visitors to the school including Ms. Linda Leslie Young
  • Grade 8 Travel March Draw tickets available to purchase from any of our lovely Gr. 8 students: Keilee, Rayo, Connor, Sierra or Ethan

2020 Science Fair Winners

Congratulations going out to all who participated in this years Georgetown Science Fair.
Going on to Provincials will be in THIRD place- Ms. Jayda Y. for her project “Will It Crack”
SECOND place is Maria M. and Kylie R. for their project “Making Crystals”
WINNER in first place is Ava Z. and Laney K. for their project “How to Solve a Crime: Fingerprint Technology”
Best of Luck to you all

GEORGETOWN GENEVIEVE SOLOMAN MEMORIAL LIBRARY 

March Break Bingo
Thursday, March 19th and Friday March 20th at 11:00 a.m.