Enhanced measures to protect our school communities

This evening, Dr. Morrison announced that, out of an abundance of caution, the Province of Prince Edward Island has updated its back to school plans.

For the next two weeks, December 7-18, 2020, high school students in the Charlottetown area will move to remote learning. This includes Colonel Gray High School, Charlottetown Rural High School, and Bluefield High School.

All other schools will remain open to in-person learning.

Before and after school activities (e.g. basketball, band) and community use of school facilities in all schools will be paused, effective Monday, December 7. Field trips that have been booked during the regular school day will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

With the closure of in-person dining, students who typically leave school property for lunch should consider bringing a lunch from home.

As a reminder: Public health measures are in place to prevent the impact of COVID-19. We can protect ourselves and our community by screening for symptoms, good hand hygiene, staying home when ill, physical distancing wherever possible, keeping your circle of contacts as small as possible and following masking guidance. If symptoms develop, get tested and isolate until you receive the results and, as an additional layer of protection, you are encouraged to download the free COVID Alert App (https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/covid-alert-app).

To learn more about the changes to PEI’s COVID-19 guidance, please visit the Prince Edward Government website at https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/covid19.

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Second round of COVID-19 test results related to a positive case at Charlottetown Rural are negative.

Dr. Heather Morrison has confirmed that the second round of test results for close contacts of the previously announced positive case of COVID-19 at Charlottetown Rural High School have come back negative to date – this includes results for all close contacts at the school.

All close contacts are being followed daily by public health and will remain in self-isolation for the remainder of the 14 days regardless of the negative results.

Anyone else who was tested as a casual contact, and received a negative result, should continue to closely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and visit a drop-in testing clinic if symptoms develop.

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Board of Directors Virtual Meeting – December 7, 2020, 6:30 pm

The Public Schools Branch Board of Directors invites the public to join the December 7, 2020, board meeting virtually at 6:30 pm. We will not be offering in-person attendance for this meeting. Please click on the link below to join the meeting.

Meeting Link:

https://princeedwardisland.webex.com/princeedwardisland/j.php?MTID=ma77658c282855a7a9793d5d28882b2f5

Meeting Number:

180 536 6777

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Positive case of COVID-19 at Charlottetown Rural

As announced by Dr. Morrison yesterday, a student at Charlottetown Rural High School tested positive for COVID-19.

All close contacts of this individual have been called by public health to arrange for testing and self-isolation instructions. There have been no further cases identified in relation to the positive case at Charlottetown Rural High School.

Public health measures are in place to prevent the impact of COVID-19. We can protect ourselves and our community by screening for symptoms, good hand hygiene, staying home when ill, physical distancing wherever possible, keeping your circle of contacts as small as possible and following masking guidance. As an additional layer of protection, you are encouraged to download the free COVID Alert App (https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/covid-alert-app).

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. Parents and students who may have concerns with returning to school should call 1-800-280-7965 (toll-free) or 902-368-6990.

The Public Schools Branch is committed to ensuring that our schools provide a safe and caring environment for students and staff. A meaningful education is best provided in a school community in which people can learn and work in an atmosphere of respect, trust and acceptance. We remind everyone to be kind and supportive of one another.

To learn more about protecting yourself from COVID and a current list of potential exposure sites, please visit www.princeedwardisland.ca.

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