We all miss our Gulf Shore Family!
We hope that this will put a smile on your face!
Our School Counsellor has created this amazing website to support our Gulf Shore Families during this time. Please take some time and go through it!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Director, Public School Branch
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 email@example.com 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.
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:
For more information visitwww.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.
To: PEI School Staff and Parents/Guardians of Students
From: Dr. Heather Morrison, Chief Public Health Officer
Dr. David Sabapathy, Deputy Chief Health Officer
We are writing to update you on the current situation with regards to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation. There are no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in PEI at this time. March Break Travel At this time of year many people and families are planning to travel during March Break plus many schools are planning school trips outside of PEI. At this time, decisions regarding whether to travel or not remain the responsibility of families or schools.
Advice Before You Travel:
The COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly with increasing global spread. All travellers should be aware that there are health risks when you travel. It is a good idea to have medical insurance. Check your destination before you leave to know the risks and to be prepared. Older people and those with preexisting medical conditions are at greater risk for developing serious health complications fromCOVID-19.
If you are planning a trip outside of Canada then you should register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad free service to receive important updates, and to consult the Travel Advisory page before and during your trip. Schools and families are encouraged to visit the Advisory site to help guide their decision on whether to continue with or cancel travel plans. It is important to know that decisions made by travel companies, airlines and other countries may also affect your travel plans.
Protecting Yourself From COVID-19:
While you are travelling there are steps you can take to protect yourself from COVID-19 (and other common respiratory illnesses, such as influenza).
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Limit touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Don’t share items that may have saliva on them such as, drinking glasses and water bottles.
Frequently clean surfaces like taps, door knobs and countertops.
There is no evidence that face masks are effective in preventing healthy people from becoming ill when travelling.
What to do After Returning to PEI:
After returning to PEI, all travellers are advised to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 (fever and/or cough, or difficulty breathing) for 14 days after returning home. If you develop any symptoms in the 14 days after returning to PEI, isolate yourself from others and call 811 or 911 in PEI for instructions. To prevent spreading the illness to others, it is important to follow proper cough etiquette by coughing into your elbow, washing your hands often, and staying home from work and school when ill. Most people who get COVID-19 (about 80%) have a mild illness, and don’t need medical care to recover. We recommend that you plan for having a lower threshold to stay home from work or school than you normally would with a mild illness, and think ahead about child care options for sick children that would not put them in close contact with other people.
The PEI Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page is updated regularly as information changes. Check the site frequently while you are home and away for important COVID-19 updates and instructions.