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Board of Directors Meeting – February 10, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

The Board of Directors of the Public Schools Branch will hold a regular meeting on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. (Storm date is Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m.)

Members of the public are welcome to attend via Webex virtual platform. If you wish to attend, please contact or 902-368-6850 to receive the link to join the meeting.

Policy Consultation – Student Investigation and Search

The Public Schools Branch values input on the development of its policies. The Student Investigation and Search policy and procedure have been redrafted to replace existing documents. The new drafts also incorporate the Relations with Law Enforcement and Child Protection Authorities policy and procedure so that the information and direction can be accessed under one policy.

The Public Schools Branch is committed to ensuring that students and staff have a safe and caring learning and working environment. In order to maintain such an environment, it may be necessary to conduct a student investigation or search. The documents set out expectations and provide direction on when and how an investigation and/or search is to be conducted.

You are invited to send your comments, including suggestions on the wording to on or before Friday, February 26, 2021.

Back to School Masking Guidance

We look forward to welcoming students back to school on January 4, 2021. We are grateful for everyone’s cooperation over the last four months and hope you enjoyed the holiday break. 

We will continue to follow the most recent masking guidelines, which requires staff and students in grades 7-12 to wear non-medical masks 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);
    • When it poses a safety concern (e.g. welding); or
    • 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.

K-6 will also continue following the same guidelines as before the break. As a reminder, they are as follows:

    • All students and staff are required to wear a non-medical mask on the school bus. 
    • Students in grades K-6 are recommended to wear a non-medical mask indoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

All visitors to schools are required to wear a non-medical mask indoors at all times. 

Read the Non-Medical Mask procedure.

As the last year has shown us, circumstances may arise that would alter this plan. If that does occur, we will communicate any changes to you. 

See you in class next week!

Norbert Carpenter
Acting Director
Public Schools Branch

Board of Directors Virtual Meeting – December 10, 2020, 3:00 pm

The Public Schools Branch Board of Directors invites the public to join the December 10, 2020, Annual meeting and regular board meeting virtually at 3:00 pm. We will not be offering in-person attendance for this meeting. Please click on the link below to join the meeting.

Meeting Link

Meeting Number
180 743 1732