Home access survey

Hi parents,

we need your help collecting important data to help develop some of our plans for the coming weeks.  Below is a link to an ACC form to gather this information and we would ask that you please fill it in once per child.  For example, if you have three children at ACC, we would ask that you complete the form 3x from start to finish so we can put the data into each child’s classroom  Thanks for your continued support. :)

HOME ACCESS SURVEY

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Student Google Passwords

As most of you at home are aware, our students recently were given new GOOGLE EDUCATION passwords.  Due to the tricky and secure nature of these, and the fact they had them just a week before break, the Public Schools Branch has created a secure website to confirm your information. They will then call you at home with your Student USERNAMES and PASSWORDS.  Click HERE FOR THE LINK.

We hope you are staying safe, and the staff here at ACC are thinking about you all.

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An update from the PSB

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.

Student Learning

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 supportforfamilies@edu.pe.ca 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.

Parker Grimmer

Director, Public School Branch

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Home learning resources

Public Schools Branch  30 mins

In light of the school closures, the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning is providing ongoing learning opportunities for students while at home. We recommend home learning that focuses on three key areas; health and well-being, literacy and numeracy.

You can support ongoing learning with these initial activities. Additional learning resources will be posted on Wednesday, March 25th.

For those who do not have Internet access, we are working to provide off-line access to activities.

We appreciate that this is a challenging time for families and the learning opportunities are provided as time permits in your household.

Try this link for more information:   DELL Home learning link

Also, here is a great schedule and links from Khan Academy

 

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Our playgound is closed

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.  see PSB facebook post

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MEMORANDUM from the Government of PEI – Department of Health & Wellness

To: PEI School Staff and Parents/Guardians of Students
From: Dr. Heather Morrison, Chief Public Health Officer
Dr. David Sabapathy, Deputy Chief Health Officer
Date: March 06, 2020
Subject: March Break Travel: Important Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

We are writing to update you on the current situation with regards to the novel coronavirus disease(COVID-19) situation. There are no confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in PEI at this time.

March Break Travel
At this time of year many people and families are planning to travel during March Break plus many schools are planning school trips outside of PEI. At this time, decisions regarding whether to travel or not remain the responsibility of families or schools.

Advice Before You Travel
The COVID-19 situation is evolving rapidly with increasing global spread. All travellers should be aware that there are health risks when you travel. It is a good idea to have medical insurance. Check your destination before you leave to know the risks and to be prepared. Older people and those with preexisting
medical conditions are at greater risk for developing serious health complications from COVID-19.
If you are planning a trip outside of Canada then you should register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad free service to receive important updates, and to consult the Travel Advisory page before and during your trip. Schools and families are encouraged to visit the Advisory site to help guide their decision on whether to continue with or cancel travel plans. It is important to know that decisions made by travel companies, airlines and other countries may also affect your travel plans.

Protecting Yourself From COVID-19
While you are travelling there are steps you can take to protect yourself from COVID-19 (and other common respiratory illnesses, such as influenza).
 Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
 Limit touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
 Don’t share items that may have saliva on them such as, drinking glasses and water bottles.
 Frequently clean surfaces like taps, door knobs and countertops.
 There is no evidence that face masks are effective in preventing healthy people from becoming ill when travelling.

What to do After Returning to PEI
After returning to PEI, all travellers are advised to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 (fever and/or cough, or difficulty breathing) for 14 days after returning home. If you develop any symptoms in the 14 days after returning to PEI, isolate yourself from others and call 811 or 911 in PEI for instructions. To prevent spreading the illness to others, it is important to follow proper cough etiquette by coughing into your elbow, washing your hands often, and staying home from work and school when ill. Most people who get COVID-19 (about 80%) have a mild illness, and don’t need medical care to recover. We recommend that you plan for having a lower threshold to stay home from work or school than you normally would with a mild illness, and think ahead about child care options for sick children that would not put them in close contact with other people.

The PEI Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page is updated regularly as information changes. Check the site frequently while you are home and away for important COVID-19 updates and instructions.

Dr. Heather Morrison, Dr. David Sabapathy,
Chief Public Health Officer Deputy Chief Public Health Officer

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Student Google Password Reset

On Friday, March 6 in the afternoon, all passwords for PSB student Google accounts will be reset. This is a standard practice that supports our efforts to ensure Government’s systems and servers remain protected. Students will be given their new passwords on Monday, March 9 at school. Schools are aware of this and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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