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Message to Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff from the PSB During COVID-19

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff;

Click here to view a message from Director Parker Grimmer.

I am standing in front of one of our schools today because these are important places, and one of the places where learning happens for students. Within our schools and PSB offices, we are now planning and preparing for students and staff to safely return to school in September.

These last days of the school year, much like the last months, have been like no other. We have all been doing things much differently than we have in the past. 2019-2020 has been a busy, demanding, challenging, at times frustrating, but ultimately a successful year for students and those who have worked with them including parents and staff. We hope everyone is able to reflect back on some positive, productive, and successful moments.

We want to take a moment to recognize the efforts of students, parents, and staff. Thank you for your patience, energy, commitment, teamwork, willingness to try new things, and do old things in new ways. These words come from sharing and observing what we have seen on the journey with our educational community these last weeks. Our shared success is reflected in the accomplishments of our students, and we should be pleased with our efforts working together to assist in their success. We have learned once again that good things can happen, even in the most challenging circumstances, when we work together.

We haven’t been perfect though. I can’t tell you how many times COVID-19 has proved my thinking to be wrong, or how some days our planning in the morning was no longer current or helpful by the afternoon. While we made inroads into how we supported students and families in need, we still have work to do to provide more equitable learning for students. We have all learned so much through this pandemic, including the importance of reflection and the need to routinely adjust our thinking and actions. I want to genuinely thank students, parents, and staff for supporting us, even through the times when we and our circumstances seemed most uncertain.

Planning is underway to bring students and staff safely back to our schools and work spaces. The provincial government’s Fall Education Readiness Committee has been working to determine the plan for returning to school in September and the PSB is working with the Chief Public Health Office and our partners at the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning to determine the best configurations for buses, schools, and workspaces.

We also need to prepare ourselves for the possibility that learning in school might need to look differently next year. We will make every effort to communicate plans in a timely way so all of our educational partners can prepare as much as possible.

While there is still some uncertainty to all this, we know with certainty that students are best served when we work together. We thank everyone for their patience and cooperation as we work through planning to return to school. We look forward to the 2020-2021 school year, with all of the challenges and opportunities it will hold.

Congratulations to those who have graduated, are moving to a new school, or who are retiring as one of our valued employees. We are also excited to welcome new students, parents and staff who will be joining the PSB next year!

I wish every member of our PSB educational community a safe, restful, and happy summer!

Until September, take care,

Parker Grimmer

Director

 

Message to Parents and Students

The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning is pleased to announce that a DELF exam session will be available this summer for the 2020 Grade 12 graduating class from August 10 to August 15. France Éducation International sets the dates for all Canadian provinces and territories. The collective written exams will be taking place on the following dates and time:

Exam B2: Monday August 10, 1:00 pm
Exam B1: Tuesday August 11, 1:00 pm
Exam A2: Wednesday August 12, 1:00 pm

The individual oral interviews will also be taking place during that week.

The location of the exams will be determined after the registrations are completed and will depend on the number of students registered. We will also need to develop strict guidelines to accommodate requirements of the Chief Public Health Office during Covid-19.

Students must register in advance on the following website by Friday July 3rd.

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/service/delf-language-proficiency-student-exam-registration

They will receive a confirmation of their registration. Later in July, we will communicate to students their schedule, the location and any necessary health protocol prior to the exam.

Public Schools Branch – Board of Directors Meeting

The Public Schools Branch Board of Directors will be holding a public meeting on Monday, June 29, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. at Parkdale Elementary, 49 Confederation Street, Charlottetown.

Members of the public are welcome to attend. Any member of the public who wishes to make a presentation to the Board must submit a written request to the Board Chair or the Director of the Public Schools Branch by 4 p.m. on June 23, 2020 to the Public Schools Branch Stratford Office, 2-234 Shakespeare Drive, Stratford, PE C1B 2V8, or by email to sxgauthier@edu.pe.ca. An agenda will be posted prior to the meeting on the Public Schools Branch website.

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 June 29 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.

Message to Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff from the PSB During COVID-19

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff;

The Public Schools Branch would like to send congratulations and best wishes to our 2020 Graduates. We want to congratulate all our grade 12 graduates on their many accomplishments during their education journey these last 12 years. We hope they enjoy the recognitions and ceremonies that are being planned for them next week to mark this major achievement.

We live in interesting times that we will always remember. Our 2020 graduates will certainly never forget the year they graduated. Even though our graduates are leaving public education during a worldwide pandemic, they have remained focused, pushed forward, and developed skills of resiliency that will carry them well into the future. Their determination and resolve has been inspiring.

This is a time for our graduates, to reflect on and celebrate their accomplishments, efforts, and actions with their parents, family and friends. Our graduates have achieved so many great things to get to this stage of life, and in doing so, they have created endless possibilities for themselves. We wish all graduates the best of success in what life has to offer as they head to university, college, the work force, or other pursuits. We encourage our PSB graduates to continue to fill chapters of the amazing story they are writing. #classof2020

COVID-19 Response to Mental Health Concerns

A Child and Youth Urgent Mental Health Care service is now available for children and youth ages 18 and under with urgent mental health needs or very high emotional distress. Children and youth with urgent mental health needs can call the virtual clinic for support and assistance. Children, youth, and their parents can call toll free at 1-866-833-5443 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily to connect with trained Health PEI mental health clinicians, who will provide a thorough risk assessment, help to stabilize any crisis, and connect to appropriate community supports.

Outside of the Child and Youth Urgent Mental Health Care hours, individuals requiring urgent mental health support can also access the Island Help Line (1-800-218-2885), Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868), their local emergency department, or 911. Community Mental Health Services, Student Well Being Teams, Strongest Families, and other community partners will continue to be available for all non-urgent mental health questions and concerns. For information on these services contact your local Community Mental Health office or Mental Health and Addictions Information Service at 1-833-533-9333.

Thank you to those who sent me feedback on the benefit and value of these weekly communications that began back in mid-March. It is my hope that these messages have been helpful. Next Wednesday will be the last letter for the 2019-20 school year. Plans are in the works to make it both a video and written message.

Until then, take care,

Parker Grimmer

Director