News & Updates
Early Dismissal at Ellerslie Elementary School - December 5, 2022
Due to a power outage affecting the area, students at Ellerslie Elementary School will be dismissing at 11:30 am.
UPDATE: Englewood, Mount Stewart Consolidated, and Donagh Regional will remain closed today Thursday, December 1, 2022
All other PSB schools will open following a one hour delay.
December 1, 2022
Due to widespread power outages throughout the province, all schools in the Public Schools Branch are delayed one hour with a further announcement at 8 AM.
Public Schools Branch Review of Schools Report
Director Carpenter presented his Review of Schools Report to the Board of Directors at the October 19, 2022 public meeting. The five schools included in the report are Birchwood Intermediate, Queen Charlotte Intermediate, Stonepark Intermediate, East Wiltshire Intermediate and Bloomfield Elementary.
Kindergarten Registration 2023-2024
Parents are asked to register their children for Kindergarten prior to or during
the week of November 16-25, 2022.
- Children must be 5 years old by December 31, 2023, in order to be eligible for Kindergarten.
- Parents are asked to register their child at their local elementary school during school hours. If you are unsure of your school zone, please call the Stratford Office at (902) 368-6990 or Summerside Office at (902) 888-8400 or toll-free at 1-800-280-7965.
- A registration form will be completed at the time of registration.
- Parents are reminded to bring a piece of Government issued ID verifying proof of child’s age, such as a birth Certificate, PEI health card or passport.
- Verification of home address must also be provided, such as a current utility bill.
- Welcome to Kindergarten sessions for incoming students and their parents will be held at schools in the spring of 2023.
For the Early French Immersion Program registration, please refer to the following:
Bluefield Family: Central Queens, Englewood, Gulf Shore, and Westwood: Contact Westwood Primary
- LM Montgomery, Sherwood, and the Brackley & Brackley Beach portions of Parkdale: Contact Sherwood Elementary
- Glen Stewart and Donagh: Contact Glen Stewart Primary
- Spring Park and West Royalty: Contact Spring Park Elementary
- Prince Street, St. Jean, West Kent, and the downtown portion of Parkdale: Contact West Kent Elementary
Kensington Family: Queen Elizabeth: Contact Parkside Elementary.
Kinkora Family: Amherst Cove and Somerset: Contact Parkside Elementary.
Student transportation to and from school is the responsibility of the parent.
Montague Family: Belfast, Cardigan, Georgetown, Montague Consolidated, Southern Kings, and Vernon River: Contact Montague Consolidated.
Morell Family: Morell Consolidated and Mount Stewart may register at Westwood Primary, Sherwood Elementary, Glen Stewart Primary, Spring Park Elementary, West Kent Elementary or Montague Consolidated. A parent can register their student in Early French Immersion at a school of their choice, subject to PSB approval. Student transportation to and from school is the responsibility of the parent.
Souris Family: Souris Regional may register at Westwood Primary, Sherwood Elementary, Glen Stewart Primary, Spring Park Elementary, West Kent Elementary, or Montague Consolidated. A parent can register their student in Early French Immersion at a school of their choice, subject to PSB approval. Student transportation to and from school is the responsibility of the parent.
Three Oaks Family:
- Athena and Elm Street: Contact Elm Street Elementary
- Greenfield: Contact Greenfield Elementary
- Miscouche and Parkside: Contact Parkside Elementary
- Students in the Bloomfield, O’Leary, Ellerslie, Rosebank, Brooklyn and Cascumpec communities of Alberton area: Contact Bloomfield Elementary
- Students in the St. Louis area and all areas of Alberton except for Brooklyn and Rosebank and Cascumpec: Contact St. Louis Elementary
Tignish Family: Contact Tignish Elementary
Message from the PSB Director - October 27, 2022
Today, the PSB was notified of a serious, but isolated incident occurring outside of Bluefield High School. We were immediately concerned for the safety of staff and students. RCMP and Emergency Services were called to the school to lead and manage the situation in conjunction with school staff. We were in contact with surrounding schools in the area to ensure safety for the greater community.
At this time this matter remains with the RCMP.
The PSB appreciates the school community and the RCMP for their quick response to ensure the situation was dealt with in a safe and timely manner. The PSB are deploying support staff to the school today and will continue to provide support in the coming days.
The PSB expects further details to be released by the RCMP.
Hurricane Fiona Updates
Message to PSB Parents/Guardians - October 6, 2022
The Public Schools Branch (PSB) continued to work with our partners to safely open the remaining schools following Post Tropical Storm Fiona. We are pleased to share that West Kent Elementary, St. Jean Elementary, Prince Street Elementary and Queen Charlotte Intermediate will reopen tomorrow, Friday, October 7. Start times and transportation will resume as normal. We remind pedestrians to always keep a safe and respectful distance from any working crews, downed wires or areas where large debris may be encountered.
We want to thank our partners and utility workers for all of their hard work and support to make our schools and surrounding areas safe.
Message to PSB Parents/Guardians - October 5, 2022
The Public Schools Branch (PSB) continues to work with our partners to safely open the remaining schools following Post Tropical Storm Fiona. West Kent Elementary, St. Jean Elementary, Prince Street Elementary and Queen Charlotte Intermediate will all remain closed on Thursday, October 6. The Public Schools Branch and Department of Education and Lifelong Learning officials met with several safety officials and members of various utility companies today. Once again, collectively the group does not feel it is safe to have students walking or being transported to these school sites. The additional day of closure will allow for a proper clean-up and an assurance of safety. A further update will be provided tomorrow.
Message to PSB Parents/Guardians - October 4, 2022
The Public Schools Branch (PSB) continues to work with our partners to safely open the remaining schools following Post Tropical Storm Fiona. West Kent Elementary, St. Jean Elementary, Prince Street Elementary will all remain closed on October 5th. Despite the schools being inspected and deemed safe, the Emergency Services Department from the City of Charlottetown have raised several safety concerns in the areas these schools serve. Today, additional safety hazards were discovered as part of the clean-up. The PSB will continue to push for timelines on reopening and keep you informed.
Donagh Regional School will reopen tomorrow as power has been restored and the associated safety checks have been performed. Cardigan Consolidated School students return to classes at Montague Regional High on Wednesday, October 5. Work continues on repairs to Cardigan Consolidated School.
We anticipate that Queen Charlotte Intermediate will be able to welcome students back in the coming days and more details will be shared by the school on Wednesday.
Message to PSB Parents/Guardians - October 3, 2022
The Public Schools Branch continues to work with our partners to safely open the remaining schools following Post Tropical Storm Fiona.
Parkdale Elementary will open tomorrow, Tuesday October 4. We ask parents and guardians to speak to their children about safety as they head to school tomorrow. Work is still being done on many city streets in response to the damage caused by Fiona.
Prince Street Elementary, West Kent Elementary and St. Jean Elementary will remain closed tomorrow as more work needs to be completed in the school catchment area by the city and utility companies. We are awaiting clearance to open these schools from city officials. These schools are expected to open on Wednesday, October 5.
Donagh Regional is still without power and will remain closed until power is restored and safety clearances are met. A further update will be provided.
Montague Regional High students will return to school tomorrow, Tuesday October 4. Cardigan Consolidated School students return to classes at Montague Regional High on Wednesday, October 5. Work continues on repairs to Cardigan Consolidated School.
Work is still ongoing at Queen Charlotte Intermediate and it is expected that students will return to class later in the week.
Message to PSB Parents/Guardians - October 2, 2022
Although there are people who are still without power, I hope the effects of Hurricane Fiona have started to lessen. The Public Schools Branch has been working hard with our partners to have our schools up and running for Monday. Our goal has been to open as many schools as possible in order to provide a safe environment for our students. By referring to the following link https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/education-and-lifelong-learning/hurricane-fiona-school-status, you will see the schools that are operational for tomorrow, October, 3. For schools not open tomorrow, further details from your school will be provided.
The work to have schools reopened included ensuring power restoration, having reliable communications, Fire Marshall’s inspections, inspections from structural engineers (where deemed necessary), property checks, bus route checks and a systems check at the school level.
Our transportation team has been monitoring our bus routes. Our buses will be on roads tomorrow, but delays can be expected. We encourage parents to talk with their children about the importance of safety and to consider driving or walking (for walkers) your student to school if unsure about route safety.
Message to PSB Parents/Guardians - September 29, 2022
Hurricane Fiona has left us with continued power outages and much clean up at our schools, homes, and communities. Clean up efforts are well under way and I am pleased with the progress being made at our schools and across the province.
Some of our schools have experienced some water and other minor damages while others have experienced more significant damage. As power and communication systems are restored and assessments of our buildings are completed, students will be heading back to school. It is expected that most students will return to school on Monday, October 3, but some schools may have a later start date. The PSB website will be updated regularly to indicate the status and start date for each school. Specific school updates will be posted here later in the day.