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Schools move to remote learning January 4-7

As announced last week, schools will be moving to remote learning for the week of January 4-7. Early next week, teachers will be reaching out to their students to provide details about what to expect and access to learning materials. Schools will also be in touch to arrange pick up of Chromebooks for those who require them. We are anticipating a return to in-person learning on January 10. Updates will be provided as available.

A COVID-19 Food Security Program is available for families affected by this closure. Details can be found here: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/service/food-security-program

Until then, stay safe and enjoy the rest of your winter break!

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Public Schools Branch offices temporarily closed to the public

Due to the current COVID-19 situation on Prince Edward Island, our offices are temporarily closed to the public. If you need assistance, please call 902-368-6990 or 902-888-8400 and leave a message; someone will return your call. Alternatively, visit the staff directory for additional contact information.

Mail/paperwork drop-off
Please feel free to leave any mail or paperwork for the PSB and/or a PSB staff member in the mailbox to the right of the front door and it will be delivered to the appropriate staff member.

Package/parcel deliveries
For package and parcel deliveries, please leave a notice detailing when and where the package can be picked up, or leave a message at 902-368-6990 with package details and a contact number. A PSB staff member will contact you to arrange pickup.

Thank you for your cooperation!

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Thank you to the PSB community

As 2021 comes to a close, I want to take the opportunity to extend my gratitude to everyone across the Public Schools Branch community. Staff, students, parents and the broader community have all helped to carry us through yet another challenging few months.

Our staff have continued to go above and beyond with dedication and enthusiasm. Students have consistently shown up eager to learn and share with their classmates. Parents have cooperated and adapted to changing information and requirements.

Our schools are dedicated to creating positive, supportive and caring environments and we can all play a role in ensuring that continues. While we know that there will also continue to be challenges, there is so much to look forward to in the year ahead.

Until then, Happy Holidays and may you have a peaceful and joyous New Year!

Norbert Carpenter

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Public Schools Branch details safety measures for asbestos management

The Public Schools Branch today detailed a series of measures that ensure its staff and students are safe from asbestos-related harms on the job.

These measures include the hiring of an additional School Safety Consultant, comprehensive hazardous materials assessments for schools that may have asbestos-containing materials [ACM], and additional training for maintenance staff, custodians and school principals.

These actions reflect an expanded effort by the PSB to strengthen a culture of workplace safety.

The measures were detailed as part of a court hearing on two violations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, relating back to an incident that began in the summer of 2020 during the maintenance of a boiler at Mt. Stewart Consolidated School.

Third-party air quality testing in the boiler room at Mt. Stewart Consolidated showed readings were well below the lower threshold limit value set by regulators and remediation removed any indication of asbestos fibres.

“As soon as we became aware of this incident, we responded promptly. We cooperated from the outset with experts in the field and investigators,” said Public Schools Branch Director Norbert Carpenter.

“The measures we are announcing today reflect a joint effort from all involved to keep our staff and students as safe as possible. Any incident involving asbestos is obviously worrisome for everyone involved and I want to take full responsibility for ensuring that such an incident does not happen again,” he added.

The Public Schools Branch fully cooperated throughout a Workers’ Compensation Board investigation into the incident.

A local company is currently working on detailed Hazardous Material Assessments of schools that are old enough to potentially contain ACM. These will further inform a comprehensive education and awareness campaign that includes specific management plans for each school.

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Positive case of COVID-19 affecting Three Oaks Senior High

Today, Dr. Morrison has announced two new positive COVID-19 cases, one that affects Three Oaks Senior High. Three buses are also affected: bus numbers 584, 762 and 568. So far, there is no indication that other schools have been impacted. Out of an abundance of caution, Three Oaks Senior High will be closed tomorrow to allow time for contact tracing, testing and enhanced cleaning.

Please note that Dr. Morrison has indicated that both cases are linked to the recent cluster of cases in Prince County. This is not considered an outbreak at Three Oaks Senior High.

Out of an abundance of caution, close contacts, including students, teachers and staff and persons on the buses which the individual travelled are being contacted and advised to isolate and be tested for COVID-19 at one of the Health PEI clinics tomorrow. Contact tracing is underway and all individuals who need to be tested will be contacted.

All close contacts will be contacted and advised of testing and isolation requirements. While staff and students who are not contacted do not require testing, anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should visit a drop-in testing clinic. Fast, accessible testing is available in locations across PEI. You can find a list of locations and times at https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/covid-19-testing-in-pei.

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. For staff who have concerns about returning to school, please contact your principal. Parents and students who have concerns with returning to school should call the PSB at 1-800-280-7965 (toll-free) or 902-368-6990.

Read the Government of PEI’s full news release at https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/news/two-new-cases-of-covid-19-potential-exposure-to-positive-case-at-three-oaks-senior-high-school.

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