Staff are sending messages to parents with some key questions to help up prepare for next week. Please check your email, class dojo,etc. If you haven’t received a message yet, please check you junk mail folder as some messages have gone directly to junk mail.
Minister Trivers – Beginning this week, nutritious prepared meals and snacks will be provided to families who register for support. Families are asked to contact the Support for Families lines at 902-368-5155 or 902-368-6990 or email email@example.com #PEICovid19
Supporting students – school counselors and psychologists are available for any student needing support during #PEICOVID19. For students and families feeling vulnerable who need support – call 902-368-5155 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Teachers are working hard to continue to support your child(ren)’s learning and prepare for next week when we work to follow the directives communicated by the Department of Education and Life Long Learning. Learning will not look the same for everyone. Please give yourselves permission to do the best you can with the resources, time, understanding and maybe even with the patience you have. Teachers will do their best to support. It’s not an ideal situation and I trust we will all do the best we can, period. Please do not overly stress about this. We will work together. More information to come.
Our recorded trivia video is ready. We also have a French book list posted for next week’s trivia video.
Student Computer Account Information Request
Have you forgotten your computer account information? Please fill in the details at the link below. The staff at the Public Schools Branch will call the home telephone number we have on file for you or your student. We know you will be patient with us.
March 25, 2020
Dear PSB Parents/Guardians and Students,
Circumstances have required that our schools remain closed until at least April 6. I want to acknowledge that the decision has created significant challenges for you and our Public Schools Branch staff. Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, as well as your creativity and flexibility in the days ahead.
Everyone is looking to be helpful at this time. One way is to follow the direction of the Chief Public Health officer and stay home, when we can. Staying home keeps us all safe, limits the spread of COVID–19 and assists to ‘flatten the curve,’ which our health care system needs. Thank you for taking good care of each other while at home.
The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning (DELL) has provided ongoing learning opportunities for students while at home. Parents/guardians and students can refer to the PSB website at https://edu.princeedwardisland.ca/psb/ for initial activities and resources that will support ongoing student learning at home. The activities are intended to assist students in the areas of health and well-being, literacy and numeracy, however, they are not required to complete every activity.
Please know that teachers are exploring additional learning opportunities for students, should we find we are not able to return to school after April 3. We are working on what this learning might look like and we will communicate the plan, should it become necessary.
Support for Families
With our PSB schools being closed, the absence of access to school breakfast and lunch programs has put a financial strain on many families. Assistance is being provided to families dealing with food insecurity. Families are being asked to contact the Support for Families lines 902-368-5155 or 902-368-6990 or email@example.com for further information and assistance. If you know of a family who could use this support, please share this information with them.
New Ways to Connect
I know many students are missing their classmates and teachers. Our teachers and staff are missing the contact with students and colleagues as well. We need to find creative ways to stay connected with our PSB family. I will be sharing a Wednesday message every week to help keep you connected and informed until we are able to welcome students back into our schools.
We have all been inspired by the messages and creative ways that staff from our schools are using to connect with students. Equally amazing has been the response by students with pictures and videos sharing how much they love their school and miss the teachers and staff. We are finding ways to make meaningful connections, while also keeping our distance. Thank you for reaching out and supporting each other during these uncertain times. We are looking forward to connecting further with students and parents/guardians in the days ahead.
Director, Public School Branch
School Playgrounds are Closed
Effective March 23, all PSB school playgrounds are closed, until further notice. The closure supports the direction of the Chief Public Health Office to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for not using the play equipment.
The reason the decision was made to close playgrounds and ensure the public are not using school playground equipment was to support the direction of the Chief Public Health Officer and reinforce efforts to ‘flatten the curve’ by ensuring good social distancing practices are taking place.
As we discussed by phone today during our principals’ meeting, in order to best inform our students and their families about the need to close school playgrounds to public use, we are requesting that Dr. Morrison speak at one of her upcoming briefings about the need for people to avoid school playgrounds and using our playground equipment.
The PSB will be posting the above message on our branch website, as well as through social media, that our school playgrounds are closed until further notice. TIE has agreed to make outdoor signs for our playgrounds saying: Playgrounds Closed Until Further Notice. They will arrive to schools sometime in the near future.