Enhanced measures to protect school communities

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August 27, 2021 – Following feedback from education stakeholders and a planning exercise, the Public Schools Branch (PSB) and La Commission scolaire de langue française (CSLF) are acting on the advice of the Chief Public Health Office and will implement policy to ensure compliance with masking to support a safe return to school this fall.

When school starts, the following masking requirements will be in place:

  • Masks will be required for staff, students and visitors in all grades when transitioning through the school building. Masks may be removed when seated in classrooms;
  • Masks will be required for staff in classrooms in Grades K-6 when physical distancing is not possible; and
  • Masks will be required for staff and students in all grades on school buses.

There will be ongoing evaluation of these measures by the Chief Public Health Office.

Vaccination remains the most effective way to reduce the risks of COVID-19, and is strongly recommended for all eligible staff, students and visitors to schools. The PSB and CSLF are confident in a high vaccination rate among school staff and will not make vaccination mandatory at this time.

The PSB and CSLF will continue to work with our schools and education stakeholders as we navigate the year ahead. Plans for the 2021-2022 school year will need to be flexible and recognize that COVID-19 may impact different schools, communities and regions at various times and levels. Schools will communicate regularly with parents and guardians on the operational plan for their schools based on the COVID-19 risk level.

As students, parents and school staff look forward to a near normal return to in-class learning and school activities, and with additional supports available in all families of schools, we are optimistic that the flexible back to school plans will allow for the highest quality and safe education experience for all.

Media contact
Sparrow McGowan
Senior Communications Officer
Public Schools Branch
skmcgowan@edu.pe.ca
902-218-2195

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Report related to June events at East Wiltshire Intermediate School available

MEDIA RELEASE

August 12, 2021 – Today, the Public Schools Branch (PSB) has released the independent third party review of allegations related to Pride Day events at East Wiltshire Intermediate School from May 31 to June 12, 2021.

The review was conducted by Evelyn Bradley of Bradley Consulting, who delivered her findings to the Director of the PSB and its Board of Directors. Given the significant community interest, the PSB is releasing the report publicly. Some aspects of the report have been redacted to protect the privacy of individuals.

“We welcome the report and its findings. We heard from many concerned members of the community at the time and the review provided an opportunity for staff and students at the school to share their experiences. I think it’s important to note that the report found that staff acted professionally and supportively and that students and staff feel that the overall culture of East Wiltshire doesn’t condone bullying. However, the report also makes clear that bullying of minority students does still take place. It would be naive of us to not recognize that this is likely the case across our system and we are committed to addressing these issues,” said Norbert Carpenter, director of the PSB.

The report highlights clear areas for improvement and outlines a number of recommendations. The PSB will work with the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning and community partners such as Peers Alliance and Pride PEI to identify next steps to support learning opportunities for students and staff, and ensure our policies and procedures are effective in ensuring safe and caring learning environments across the system.

“As we have said in the past, Prince Edward Island schools are not immune to the challenges seen in society at large, but as an institution dedicated to learning we have a unique opportunity to draw on our strengths to educate our school community and mediate situations when they occur,” said Carpenter. “I want to thank everyone who participated in the review. Their candor and insights will help to guide positive change in all of our schools.”

Download the report: East Wiltshire Intermediate School Report for PSB

Media contact
Sparrow McGowan
Senior Communications Officer
Public Schools Branch
skmcgowan@edu.pe.ca
902-218-2195

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UPDATED Change of Meeting Start Time – Board of Directors Meeting – July 21, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

The Board of Directors of the Public Schools Branch will hold a regular meeting on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

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

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Board of Directors Meeting – July 21, 2021 6:30 pm

The Board of Directors of the Public Schools Branch will hold a regular meeting on Wednesday, July 21, 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 sxgauthier@edu.pe.ca or 902-368-6850 to receive the link to join the meeting.

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Board of Directors Meeting – June 23, 2021 4:00 pm – Canceled

Please be advised that the PSB Board of Directors meeting below that was scheduled for Wednesday, June 23 at 4pm has been canceled. The Board of Directors will reschedule this meeting for a date in July. Thank you.

The Board of Directors of the Public Schools Branch will hold a regular meeting on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

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

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