Positive case of COVID-19 at Charlottetown Rural

As announced by Dr. Morrison yesterday, a student at Charlottetown Rural High School tested positive for COVID-19.

All close contacts of this individual have been called by public health to arrange for testing and self-isolation instructions. There have been no further cases identified in relation to the positive case at Charlottetown Rural High School.

Public health measures are in place to prevent the impact of COVID-19. We can protect ourselves and our community by screening for symptoms, good hand hygiene, staying home when ill, physical distancing wherever possible, keeping your circle of contacts as small as possible and following masking guidance. As an additional layer of protection, you are encouraged to download the free COVID Alert App (https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/covid-alert-app).

Learning to live with COVID-19 can cause feelings of uncertainty, stress and anxiety. It is important for all of us to be mindful of how we are feeling. Parents and students who may have concerns with returning to school should call 1-800-280-7965 (toll-free) or 902-368-6990.

The Public Schools Branch is committed to ensuring that our schools provide a safe and caring environment for students and staff. A meaningful education is best provided in a school community in which people can learn and work in an atmosphere of respect, trust and acceptance. We remind everyone to be kind and supportive of one another.

To learn more about protecting yourself from COVID and a current list of potential exposure sites, please visit www.princeedwardisland.ca.

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Updated Masking Guidance

As the Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning, Brad Trivers, announced in the PEI Legislature on November 26, 2020, the PSB’s Non-Medical Masks procedure has been updated.

Starting Monday, November 30 and in effect for at least two weeks, non-medical masks will be required for staff and students in grades 10-12 at all times indoors except for the following exemptions:

  • When staff and students are able to physically distance within a classroom (6ft/2m);
  • Eating or drinking;
  • Participating in a physical activity (e.g. gym);
  • Engaging in an activity which prevents them from doing so (e.g. playing a wind instrument); or
  • When it poses a safety concern (e.g. welding)
  • When a school assesses wearing a non-medical mask is not in the best interest of a student due to physical, medical or other factors.

UPDATE: If a student attends a school with Grades 10-12, but is in another grade, your school will provide further details on how the updated masking guidelines will affect them.

Additionally, all visitors to schools, k-12, are required to wear masks at all times while indoors.

The updated guidelines will be reviewed and a further update provided in early December.

Read the full press release on the PEI Government website.

Download the updated Non-Medical Masks procedure.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support!

Norbert Carpenter
Acting Director
Public Schools Branch

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Board of Directors Meeting – Monday, December 7, 2020 6:30 p.m.

The Fourth Annual Meeting of the Public Schools Branch Board of Directors will be held on Monday, December 7, 2020, 6:30 p.m. at Stratford Office, 2-234 Shakespeare Drive, Stratford. (Storm date is Tuesday, December 8)

The Board of Directors of the Public Schools Branch will also hold a regular meeting on Monday, December 7 beginning immediately after the Annual Meeting at Stratford Office, 2-234 Shakespeare Drive, Stratford. (Storm date is Tuesday, December 8)

Members of the public are welcome to attend. Following the guidance of Renew PEI Together, physical distancing will be required at the meeting which will result in a maximum number of people being able to attend. If you wish to attend, please email sxgauthier@edu.pe.ca or call 902-368-6990 by Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at noon.

Hand sanitizer will be available. If you feel unwell or show any of the following symptoms (cough, headache, fever/chills, sore throat, marked fatigue, sneezing, congestion, body aches, runny nose), please do not attend.

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PSB Kindergarten Registration for 2021-2022

Parents are asked to register their children for Kindergarten prior to or during
the week of November 16-20, 2020.

  • Children must be 5 years old by December 31, 2021, in order to be eligible for Kindergarten.
  • Parents are asked to register their child at his/her local elementary school during school hours. If you are unsure of your school zone, please call the Stratford Office at (902) 368-6990 or Summerside Office at (902) 888-8400 or Toll Free 1-800-280-7965.
  • A registration form will be completed at the time of registration.
      • Parents are reminded to bring a piece of Government issued ID verifying proof of child’s age.
      • Birth Certificate
      • PEI Health Card
      • Passport
  • Verification of home address must also be provided, such as a current utility bill.
  • Welcome to Kindergarten sessions for incoming students and their parents will be held at schools in the spring of 2021.

Please keep in mind that:

  • Parents are reminded to wear a mask at the school when registering their child.
  • Only one parent should visit the school to complete the registration.
  • Parents will have to sign in upon arrival.
  • Parents should only visit the school if feeling well and are not required to self-isolate.
  • Please refer to the school website for additional information around visiting schools.

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For the Early French Immersion Program registration, please refer to the following:

Bluefield Family (Central Queens, Englewood, Gulf Shore, and Westwood) contact Westwood Primary.

Charlottetown Family (LM Montgomery, Sherwood, and the Brackley & Brackley Beach portions of Parkdale) contact Sherwood Elementary.

Charlottetown Family (Glen Stewart and Donagh) contact Glen Stewart Primary.

Charlottetown Family (Spring Park and West Royalty) contact Spring Park Elementary.

Charlottetown Family (Prince Street, St. Jean, West Kent, and the downtown portion of Parkdale) contact West Kent Elementary.

Kensington Family (Queen Elizabeth) contact Parkside Elementary.

Kinkora Family (Amherst Cove and Somerset) contact Parkside Elementary. Student transportation to and from school is the responsibility of the parent.

Montague Family (Belfast, Cardigan, Georgetown, Montague Consolidated, Southern Kings, and Vernon River) contact Montague Consolidated.

Morell Family (Morell Consolidated and Mount Stewart) may register at Westwood Primary, Sherwood Elementary, Glen Stewart Primary, Spring Park Elementary, West Kent Elementary or Montague Consolidated. A parent can register their student in Early French Immersion at a school of their choice, subject to PSB approval. Student transportation to and from school is the responsibility of the parent.

Souris Family (Souris Regional) may register at Westwood Primary, Sherwood Elementary, Glen Stewart Primary, Spring Park Elementary, West Kent Elementary, or Montague Consolidated. A parent can register their student in Early French Immersion at a school of their choice, subject to PSB approval. Student transportation to and from school is the responsibility of the parent.

Three Oaks Family (Athena and Elm Street) contact Elm Street Elementary.

Three Oaks Family (Greenfield) contact Greenfield Elementary.

Three Oaks Family (Miscouche and Parkside) contact Parkside Elementary.

Westisle Family Students in the Bloomfield, O’Leary, Ellerslie, Rosebank, Brooklyn and Cascumpec communities of Alberton area contact Bloomfield Elementary.

Westisle Family Students in the St. Louis area and all areas of Alberton except for Brooklyn and Rosebank and Cascumpec contact St. Louis Elementary.

Westisle Family (Tignish) contact Tignish Elementary.

Kindergarten Registration 2021-2022 (pdf version 155KB)

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