Message to Parents and Guardians

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is my hope that summer has treated you well. The weather has been fantastic and has offered ample opportunity to enjoy our Island. It is difficult to believe that another school year is upon us. Next week our schools will be abuzz with activity as our students will be back after a long absence. There is no doubt that we are fortunate to have the opportunity to go back to in-person, full-time schooling under favorable conditions. However, I do realize that with all the excitement comes some nervousness and worry. Please be assured that we at the Public Schools Branch continue to collaborate with provincial authorities and the Chief Public Health Office to ensure the safety and well-being of our students. Moreover, the staff at our 56 schools are ready and will be supporting your children during these challenging times. School specific details will continue to be communicated with you as next week unfolds. I would also invite you to check out our social media posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In the meantime, I want to thank you for your cooperation and support and wish you well for the long weekend!

Best Regards,

Norbert Carpenter
Acting Director
Public Schools Branch

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Message for PSB Families

Dear PSB Families –

Welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year! We are excited to be returning to in-person learning in schools next week and look forward to seeing your children. All schools have been working hard to prepare for the return to school and will provide you with specific details about your child’s school.

We would like to provide you with some information that applies to all 56 schools in the Public Schools Branch.

Back To School Website – All school operational plans can be found on the Back to School Website.

Communication with Parents – Schools work hard to provide excellent communication and information to parents on a wide variety of school specific matters. The PSB will provide parents with system related information through the following. Check us out!

PSB website
PSB Facebook
PSB Instagram
PSB Twitter

Pre-Screening your Children – Every morning we ask that you check-in with your child to see how they are feeling. Your school will provide you with a pre-screening checklist that will help to decide if your child should come to school. If your child is feeling unwell and is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that they stay home and suggest you call 811 or your healthcare provider for information. The pre-screening checklists can also be found on the PSB website and PSB social media.

At School – If you child feels unwell while at school, a staff person will call you and ask you to come pick up your child. If the child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, the school will suggest you call 811 or your healthcare provider. If your child is advised to get tested for COVID-19, your child must remain home until a negative result is found. Others in the household do not need to self-isolate at this time. If your child is not tested for COVID-19, they should still remain home until symptoms improve and they are feeling well. We appreciate your support with these unexpected circumstances.

COVID-19 Positive Case in Schools – Schools and the PSB have developed a protocol in the event of a student or staff person testing positive for COVID-19. This would include timely communication with those impacted, working collaboratively with CPHO to determine contact tracing and case-by-case decision making on if classes, cohorts or schools would need to remain home.

Contact Information – Please ensure your contact information is up-to-date at your school. It is important that the school can reach you or a caregiver for your child when necessary.

Alternate Arrangements – Sometimes unpredictable events occur that require your child to go home from school early. Please ensure alternate arrangements are made in the event that your child needs to go home when feeling unwell or in the event of an early school closure due to a power outage, inclement weather, etc..

Visitor’s in Schools – Schools remain welcoming environments to students, staff and visitors. With our ongoing focus on student and staff safety, visitors in schools will be reduced and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We encourage parents and other visitors to limit the number of visits to schools.

Meet the Staff Events – Many schools usually host mid-September “Meet the Staff” events to provide parents an opportunity to meet the staff at each school. At this time, PSB schools will not be hosting in-person events. If you have questions or concerns, we encourage parents to reach out to their child’s teacher.

Masks in Schools – Please visit the PSB Guidelines for Return to School 2020 to see the new masking guidelines. It will be important for us all to work together to help students understand the guidelines. Please purchase a personal, non-medical mask for your child and talk to them about wearing it. Please watch these videos with your children before school!

Mask Video 1 – New school year – new routines

Mask Video 2 – How to wear a non-medical mask in the community 

Before/After school activities – All before and after school activities have been “paused” during the school start up. Schools will communicate further when this changes.

Helpful Information – A few other links and videos that you may find helpful are below. Please take some time to watch or read them with your children.

Back to School Info – Keeping Everyone Safe

Younger children

Older children

Physical Distancing

Thank you for your ongoing support with Back to School 2020! See you soon!

Public Schools Branch

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Public Schools Branch – Board of Directors Special Meeting

The Board of Directors of the Public Schools Branch will be hosting a special meeting on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. at the Stratford Boardroom, 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 Tuesday, September 1, at 12:00 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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PSB Branch Reopening Plan

Effective Tuesday, September 1, 2020 the two PSB Branch Offices in Stratford and Summerside will be reopening to the Public and doors will open during regular business hours (8:00 am – 4:00 pm).

Visitors to the Branch offices are asked to call ahead (902-368-6990) to book an appointment if an in-person meeting is required. All visitors will be required to sign-in upon entering the building, including pre-screening and COVID-19 declaration. If the answer is yes to any of the below questions, please reschedule the in-person appointment:

    • Have you traveled outside of the CPHO approved region in the last 14 days?
    • Are you or anyone in your family required to self-isolate?
    • Are you experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms?

Physical distancing signage will be posted and the reception area will have a maximum capacity. Decals will be posted to indicate how many spaces are available in the reception area. If capacity is reached, visitors will be asked to wait outside until a space is available. Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a non-medical mask when physical distancing is not possible.

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