Board of Directors Cancellation of Classes

The Public Schools Branch Board of Directors reviewed the resolution of April 1, 2020. As recommended by the Chief Public Health Officer, classes will remain cancelled for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.


Board of Directors Committee of the Whole Meeting

Friday, May 15, 2020

A meeting of the Board of Directors for the Public Schools Branch was held on April 1, 2020 pursuant to subsection 14(2) of the Education Act, at that meeting the following Resolution was passed:

BE IT RESOLVED that pursuant to the authority under subsection 5(b) of the Education Act School Calendar Regulations, there shall be no classes held at any school premises of the Public Schools Branch from March 23, 2020 to May 10, 2020 and that, the Public Schools Branch board of directors shall review this notice on, or before, April 30, 2020 or on the advice or recommendation of the Chief Public Health Officer.

The meeting was held in private pursuant to subsection 13(3) of the Education Act Education Authority Regulations.

Since April 1, 2020 the state of public health emergency has continued and a Provincial State of emergency was declared on April 17, 2020 and continues to be in effect. Please see the attached Public Health Order dated the 8th day of May, 2020 and the Ministerial Order for Renewal of Provincial State of Emergency dated the 30th day of April, 2020.

As was required by the Resolution passed on April 1, 2020 the Public Schools Branch Board of Directors, has reviewed the cancellation of classes and in consideration of recommendations of the Chief Public Health Officer has cancelled all remaining classes on school premises for the 2019-2020 school year effective May 11, 2020.

Instructional personnel may continue to engage with students in providing learning and curriculum materials for Department of Education and Lifelong Learning approved educational programs.

Further arrangements may be made and communicated to students for the collection of personal items from school premises.


Board of Directors Committee of the Whole Meeting  – Signed Document 

Public Health Order

Ministerial Order for Renewal of Provincial State of Emergency


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Message to Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff from the PSB During COVID-19.

May 13, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff;

Our teachers, administrators, support staff, branch staff, parents, and students are working incredibly hard to adapt to the new reality of at-home learning during COVID-19. The pandemic has presented challenges for many including parents working and balancing home life, teachers developing remote lesson plans to fit different students’ needs, and students looking for new ways to stay connected to friends and learning. There are many successes and members of our PSB community are meeting these new demands with determination and enthusiasm.

We all know how adaptable and resilient PSB students, parents, educators, and staff are in the best of times, and through these difficult times each group has shown this in more ways than ever before. We admire our teachers and other branch staff, parents, and students who are teaching us all lessons in perseverance.

Amazing examples of this include the food programs that have been supporting our families. PSB staff were able to deliver the Department of Agriculture food hampers directly to many families across the Island who did not have access to a vehicle. Our School Food Program provided 6,006 meals to 858 students last week, a 12% increase over the previous week.

Another success story is the Respite Program that began this week. Students who had been receiving individualized support at school from an Education Assistant, Youth Service Worker, or other Student Services Team Member may receive a 2 to 3 hour blocks of play/game based respite care on a scheduled basis. These examples of people coming together and working hard to help others is inspiring to all of us.

By following the public health measures, Islanders have also experienced success as a province in reducing the number of COVID-19 cases in PEI. In doing so we are seeing some of the public health measures relaxed. The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning will likely soon be making an announcement about the reinstatement of early childhood programs, including those for school aged children housed in schools, to assist parents who are returning to work.

As we move through the sixth week of at-home learning, it is an excellent time to thank students, teachers, parents, and staff for their ongoing commitment to learning together, while always remaining safe. Our shared goal is to ensure the successful completion of the school year for all students and to support students as they advance to the next grade, earn credits, and for some to graduate.

We all have an important role in keeping students motivated and engaged for these next weeks. Teachers continue to have high expectations for students and we all want students to continue to have high expectations for themselves. The work we are doing together is about helping students succeed and prepare for the future.

It is important to take time to reflect on how much we have all achieved thus far by working together. Be proud of your accomplishments. We here at the PSB are very proud of you.

Keep learning and take care,

Parker Grimmer

Director, Public Schools Branch

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Welcome to Kindergarten!

We are so excited to welcome you to the Public Schools Branch and to your new school! During the month of May, staff from your new school will be calling you to Welcome You To Kindergarten! Due to COVID-19, we are not able to offer the in-person Welcome to Kindergarten program before September. However, making connections with the school and the staff is still very important. When you receive a call from a school staff person, he or she will be able to answer your questions, provide you with some information and arrange an appointment for you to pick up your Welcome to Kindergarten Bag! This free bag contains wonderful supplies that you and your child can use to continue developing many great skills your child will need for Kindergarten.

You are your child’s first teacher! Check out the Welcome to Kindergarten videos to find creative ways you and your child can use the materials inside the bag to prepare for an exciting year of Kindergarten!

If you have a Kindergarten age child and still need to register for school this September, please call 902-368-4638 or email

We are looking forward to meeting you and your children!  See you very soon!

Message from the Welcome to Kindergarten team.

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Message to Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff from the PSB During COVID-19.

May 6, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff;

Welcome to May! Since COVID-19 reached Prince Edward Island, I have been separately reaching out to students, parents, and PSB staff through daily and weekly letters. As we usher in the new month, I am pleased to be writing my first joint letter to all of you. It seems very appropriate to do so as we have been coping with the pandemic together all along.

During his Thursday briefing last week, the Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning, Brad Trivers recognized students, parents, and staff for their continued partnership in support of learning. He also said, “Our top priority remains the health and well-being of children and we will continue to look at ways to support children and families, address gaps and ensure all Islanders have the necessary tools and resources available to succeed now and as we plan for learning in September.”

Students, parents, and staff are encouraged to read the Renew PEI, Together document which outlines the guiding principles and phased approach to reopening businesses, services and public spaces in Prince Edward Island. Further information is available on the provincial government’s response to COVID-19, including resources, program applications and important public health information by visiting:

Public Schools Branch and the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning are committed to supporting students, parents, and staff during the final weeks of the school year. The safety of our students and staff is paramount and all operational plans for programs and activities will be reviewed and endorsed for their safety. All school-based services will follow public health guidelines that allow for physical distancing, hygiene protocols and the proper cleaning of schools.

I am pleased to share with you additional details around the announcements Minister Trivers made last week during his briefing. The details for some programs and services are still being worked on and we greatly appreciate the support and patience of everyone during this process. We will communicate further details when finalized.

Respite Care

Beginning May 11, several designated schools will open to offer a respite program. Families who have a child that is supported by an Educational Assistant (EA) or Youth Service Worker (YSW) while attending school, may be eligible for a few hours of respite care per week while schools are closed. Please email or call 902-368-4997 if you are interested in receiving more information.

Learning Materials

Teachers continue to connect with students and support at-home learning based on a compacted curriculum, and learning resources are regularly being updated and made available online and in paper form. Chromebooks have been distributed to hundreds of students. Student Services Teams also continue to provide supports to students and families.

Ongoing Student/Teachers Connections

Since home learning began, students have been connecting with teachers in many ways. Beginning on June 15, students and teachers may have the opportunity to connect beyond phone calls, emails and approved technology, should they wish. Further details will be communicated in the coming weeks.

Transitions and Closings

During the week of June 22, and in consultation with students and parents, schools may offer innovative year-end and closing activities that will enable students to connect with their teachers and classmates and bring closure to the school year. This may include activities to support students who will be transitioning to new schools in the fall.

Student Well-being Teams

Student Well-Being Teams continue to connect with and support students and their families throughout PEI. The Student Well-Being Team’s website has been enhanced to make connecting to a team member easier. If you need some support, please visit the link below and click on your Family of Schools:

Hand Head Heart Connections TV Shows

The Hand Head Heart Connections home learning TV shows are being very well received by students and parents. If you are not an Eastlink customer or do not have access to a television, you can find episodes of Hand Head Heart Connections on the Eastlink Community TV YouTube channel

Please reach out by email or call our main number at 902-368-6990 if you have any questions or comments. We will respond to you as quickly as we can. Much can be accomplished when we work together. We are grateful to our students, parents, and staff for working together and supporting each other.

Parker Grimmer

Director, Public Schools Branch

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Update – Home Learning Television Program

Eastlink Community Channel- Hand Head Heart Connections

If you are not an Eastlink customer or do not have access to TV, you can find episode 1 of Hand Head Heart Connections on the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning (DELL) Youtube channel:

Going forward, you can find episodes on the Eastlink Community TV Youtube channel

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