COVID-19 vaccine school roll-out for Grades 7, 8 and 9

As announced on May 18, 2021, by Dr. Morrison, CPHO is planning to run COVID-19 vaccination clinics in schools for Grades 7, 8 and 9 students. The vaccine roll-out is planned to take place across PEI throughout the month of June. Your school will be in touch with you in the coming days with more details on the date for your child’s school.

All other students who qualify for a vaccination, should contact Public Health for an appointment at a community clinic. For more information about COVID-19 vaccines, PEI’s COVID-19 Immunization Program and to book a community clinic appointment, visit ;

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

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Board of Directors Meeting – May 17, 2021

The Board of Directors of the Public Schools Branch will be hosting a public meeting on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. at the Stratford Office, 2-234 Shakespeare Drive, Stratford.

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 or call 902-368-6990 by Monday, May 17 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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Board of Directors Meeting – May 17, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

The Board of Directors of the Public Schools Branch will hold a regular meeting on Monday, May 17, 2021 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.

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 May 6, 2021 to the Public Schools Branch Stratford Office, 2-234 Shakespeare Drive, Stratford, PE C1B 2V8, or by email to

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New director of Public Schools Branch announced

The Public Schools Branch Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Norbert Carpenter as director of the Public Schools Branch.

Mr. Carpenter has served as the acting director since July 2020. The board of directors has been consistently impressed with his skills and leadership. He has navigated the many challenges of a return to school during a worldwide pandemic, while simultaneously overseeing the day-to-day operations and management of the Branch’s 56 schools and offices.

Mr. Carpenter brings a wealth of experience working in Prince Edward Island’s public school system, including more than 20 years as a teacher and principal. Before becoming acting director, he served as an administrator support leader, a position which saw him directly support principals across PEI. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Prince Edward Island, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Maine and a Masters of Education from Mount Saint Vincent University.

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Welcome to Kindergarten Program – Spring 2021

Spring 2021

The Welcome to Kindergarten Program is designed for parents/caregivers and their children who will be entering kindergarten in September. All thirty-seven Public School Branch schools with Kindergarten organize a Welcome to Kindergarten Event for their incoming students. Schools are providing a Welcome to Kindergarten experience that will be meaningful to parents and students. The specifics of their event will be communicated to families by your child’s school. At the event families will receive early literacy resources and meet school staff. Strategies for how to use these resources with their child at home will be shared. The goal of Welcome to Kindergarten is to provide pre-school children with the resources and experiences to begin their formal education with a foundation of literacy nurtured in the home.

The Welcome to Kindergarten Program is a component of a national organization called, The Learning Partnership. The program is run across Canada in conjunction with local school boards and community agencies. On Prince Edward Island, special recognition is given to the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning for their support of the program. If families would like more information and resources they are encouraged to visit The Learning Partnership’s website at

For a complete list of the dates and times for this year’s Welcome to Kindergarten sessions,  please visit our Welcome to Kindergarten page.

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