Sep
18
2021

Classes scheduled to resume Monday

After consultation with the Chief Public Health Office, classes will resume on Monday at West Royalty Elementary School and Ecole La-Belle Cloche.

All close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases that are associated with our schools are in isolation and are tested regularly. Throughout our education systems, teachers will continue to provide remote learning resources for students who are isolating.

For parents who have questions about getting their child tested or about isolation, the province has a Q&A for Parents of Children involved in COVID-19 cases and outbreaks. If your child has any symptoms of COVID-19, even mild ones, you should go to a testing clinic.  If your child is not feeling well, they should not come to school.

Parents, students and staff are asked to screen for any symptoms every morning. All staff, students and visitors are required to stay home if they are feeling unwell.

This has been a challenging week for many Island families and students. Student Well-Being Teams will be at schools on Monday to provide additional mental and social supports for students. Parents who feel their child would benefit from these supports can also submit a referral online.

Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our Island school communities, all schools in the Public Schools Branch (PSB) and Commission scolaire de langue français (CSLF) have moved to elevated risk scenarios. This means that cohorting has been reinstated in grades K-6, masks are mandatory for everyone transitioning through schools and on buses, and grades four to 12 students are required to wear masks at all times (except when eating, drinking or when engaged in physical activity), enhanced cleaning and disinfection measures have been put in place, and physical distancing should be maintained whenever possible. Teachers who are fully vaccinated (plus 14 days) can remove their masks while teaching, provided they are able to maintain physical distancing.

The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning will work closely with the Chief Public Health Office, the English and French language school boards, Prince Edward Island Teachers’ Federation, Canadian Union of Public Employees and the PEI Home and School Federation to continue to assess the COVID-19 situation daily and make adjustments as necessary to maintain safety for children and staff.

Families can reach out to their respective school board offices if they have further questions related to school:

  • Public Schools Branch : 1-800-280-7965 (toll free)
  • Commission scolaire de langue française: 1-902-854-2975.

As always, all Islanders are urged to get tested if they experience any symptoms of COVID-19, even after a previous negative test, and to self-isolate until the results come back. Islanders are also encouraged to download the free national COVID Alert app, which will let them know if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Anyone age 12 and over can make an appointment to receive their COVID-19 vaccination at one of the public clinics online or by calling 1-844-975-3303; or  anyone 18+ can contact one of the 28 partner pharmacies across the province. Every Islander in the target age range will have the opportunity to be vaccinated in 2021. 

Home COVID-19 screening kits for children under the age of 12 years, who are not yet eligible to be immunized, are now available in West Prince and Eastern and Southern Kings. The aim of the pilot project is to provide home COVID screening tests to Island families with children, starting in rural PEI, where families have more limited access to COVID-19 testing.

 

Media Contact:
Autumn Tremere
Education and Lifelong Learning
agtremere@gov.pe.ca
 

General Inquiries

Department of Education and Lifelong Learning
Holman Centre
Suite 101, 250 Water Street
Summerside, PE C1N 1B6

Phone: 902-438-4130
Fax: 902-438-4062

DeptELL@gov.pe.ca