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Charlottetown Family of Schools open Thursday and enhanced measures for all schools

As announced by Dr. Morrison today, all schools in the Charlottetown Family of Schools, with the exception of West Royalty Elementary School, will resume in-person learning tomorrow morning. West Royalty will resume on Monday, September 20, 2021.

Over the last few days, the schools in the Charlottetown Family of Schools underwent a deep cleaning. As of tomorrow, the returning schools will follow the enhanced measures under the elevated risk scenario of the Back to School Plan, similar to the guidelines currently being followed by other Families of Schools.

There will also be additional enhanced measures and changes in place across all schools, starting tomorrow:

  • Students in grades 4 to 6 will be required to wear masks indoors at all times and on the bus when physical distancing is not possible, similar to students in Grades 7 to 12. There will be exemptions, as outlined in the Non-medical Mask procedure.
  • After-school and extracurricular activities will resume.

For any students who are required to self-isolate:

  • Whole classes that are required by CPHO to self-isolate will pivot to remote learning provided by their class teacher.
  • Individual students who are required by CPHO to self-isolate will be supported with instructional materials from their classroom teacher. This is similar to when students are out of school due to illness. The learning content provided by the teacher will allow the student to keep pace with their class. The PSB will also assign additional teachers (substitutes) to the school to be a liaison between the teacher and student, and provide virtual learning support to the student.

We understand this has been a challenging start to the year. We look forward to welcoming our students back into our Charlottetown Family schools. For those who are isolating, we will support you along the way and look forward to seeing you in person again soon.

A Message to Parents/Guardians from Norbert Carpenter, Director of the Public Schools Branch

Today, the Chief Public Health Office has declared an outbreak at West Royalty Elementary School. West Royalty will be closed for one week. The Chief Public Health Office has also announced one positive case at Charlottetown Rural High School. Thus far, there have been no other cases identified at Charlottetown Rural High School. All close contacts of the individual are being called by public health to arrange for testing and self-isolation instructions.

All schools in the Charlottetown Family of Schools, which includes Donagh Regional School, will be closed for three days (Monday to Wednesday inclusive) to ensure public health nursing has adequate time to do contact tracing. Schools and buses that service these schools will be cleaned during this time.

All other PSB schools will be open.

Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our Island school communities, all schools in the Public Schools Branch will move to their elevated risk scenarios effective Monday, September 13, 2021. Additionally, all before and after-school activities and all community use of school facilities in the Charlottetown Family of Schools will be suspended.

Families can reach out to the Public Schools Branch if they have further questions related to school: 1-800-280-7965 (toll free).

As always, all Islanders are urged to get tested if they experience any symptoms of COVID-19, even after a previous negative test, and to self-isolate until the results come back. Islanders are also encouraged to download the free national COVID Alert app, which will let them know if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Anyone age 12 and over can make an appointment to receive their COVID-19 vaccination at one of the public clinics online or by calling 1-844-975-3303; or by contacting one of the 28 partner pharmacies across the province. Every Islander in the target age range will have the opportunity to be vaccinated in 2021.

You can read the full press release from CPHO at:

Take care,
Norbert Carpenter
Director of the Public Schools Branch

Positive case of COVID-19 at West Royalty Elementary School

As announced by Dr. Morrison today, a student at West Royalty Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. A bus is also affected: bus number 120. So far, there is no indication that other schools have been impacted.

All close contacts of the student, including staff and classmates, will be contacted directly by public health to arrange for testing and will be instructed to self-isolate. Other students and staff in the school who are not close contacts should monitor for symptoms and if symptoms develop, get tested. The West Royalty Elementary School will undergo deep cleaning this weekend.

Individuals on the #120 bus who are close contacts will be contacted directly by public health to arrange for testing and be instructed to self-isolate. Students who travelled on this bus who are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 should be tested as soon as possible. Students who travelled on this bus who are not experiencing symptoms, should get tested on Sunday, September 12.

As always, any individuals who are experiencing symptoms, even mild symptoms, should get tested immediately. Symptoms may include:

  • new or worsening cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • fever/chills
  • sore throat
  • runny nose, sneezing, congestion
  • headache
  • muscle/joint/body aches
  • feeling unwell/unusual tiredness
  • acute loss of sense of smell or taste

Other symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea have been reported, but typically along with other COVID-19 symptoms, and may be seen more often in children.

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Fast, accessible testing is available in locations across PEI. You can find a list of locations and times at The Park Street testing clinic in Charlottetown will have extended hours today until 6:00 pm.

A further update from Dr. Morrison is expected on Sunday. Updates will be provided as they become available.

Public health measures are in place to prevent the impact of COVID-19. We can protect ourselves and our community by getting vaccinated if eligible, screening for symptoms, good hand hygiene, staying home when ill, physical distancing wherever possible and following masking guidelines.

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 the PSB at 1-800-280-7965 (toll-free) or 902-368-6990.

Enhanced measures to protect school communities


August 27, 2021 РFollowing feedback from education stakeholders and a planning exercise, the Public Schools Branch (PSB) and La Commission scolaire de langue fran̤aise (CSLF) are acting on the advice of the Chief Public Health Office and will implement policy to ensure compliance with masking to support a safe return to school this fall.

When school starts, the following masking requirements will be in place:

  • Masks will be required for staff, students and visitors in all grades when transitioning through the school building. Masks may be removed when seated in classrooms;
  • Masks will be required for staff in classrooms in Grades K-6 when physical distancing is not possible; and
  • Masks will be required for staff and students in all grades on school buses.

There will be ongoing evaluation of these measures by the Chief Public Health Office.

Vaccination remains the most effective way to reduce the risks of COVID-19, and is strongly recommended for all eligible staff, students and visitors to schools. The PSB and CSLF are confident in a high vaccination rate among school staff and will not make vaccination mandatory at this time.

The PSB and CSLF will continue to work with our schools and education stakeholders as we navigate the year ahead. Plans for the 2021-2022 school year will need to be flexible and recognize that COVID-19 may impact different schools, communities and regions at various times and levels. Schools will communicate regularly with parents and guardians on the operational plan for their schools based on the COVID-19 risk level.

As students, parents and school staff look forward to a near normal return to in-class learning and school activities, and with additional supports available in all families of schools, we are optimistic that the flexible back to school plans will allow for the highest quality and safe education experience for all.

Media contact
Sparrow McGowan
Senior Communications Officer
Public Schools Branch