Archive for April, 2020

Respite Care

Posted on: April 29th, 2020 by Mary Whalley

Parents and Guardians,

Are you a caregiver who has a child that is supported by an EA or YSW while attending school?  If you are you may be eligible for a few hours of respite care per week during the time that school is closed. Some schools are opening within family of schools (with some families being combined) to meet this need.

If you are interested in receiving more information please email or call 902-368-4997.

Student Services,
Public Schools Branch

Ask a PSB School Psychologist

Posted on: April 29th, 2020 by Mary Whalley

Hello parents and guardians! Welcome to ‘Ask a School Psychologist’!

Wondering how to manage bedtime worries, what to tell your teen who wants to visit friends, or where to begin with structuring your child’s day? If you have any questions you would like to submit to our PSB Psychology Team concerning COVID isolation, academics, behaviour, or well-being, send them to

We can’t promise we’ll get to every question, but we will be posting anonymous responses to some of your questions on the PSB Student Services Facebook page.

This project is for information sharing with you and our broader parent and guardian audience. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call the Island Helpline (1-800-218-2885) or Emergency Health Services (911).

Please submit your questions by May 8th.

Course Handbook 2020-2021

Posted on: April 28th, 2020 by Andrew MacDougald

Click here to view the course handbook for 2020-2021.

Attention Grads! Bursary, Scholarship and Post Secondary Updates

Posted on: April 6th, 2020 by Mary Whalley

May 12th UPDATES

Island Nature Trust Environmentalist Award

(Sponsored by Leigh Jenkins of Century 21)

Email completed application forms to Julie McCabe, Mike Peterson or Gordie Cox by May 30th, 2020.

April 29th UPDATES

2020 City of Charlottetown ‘David “Eli” MacEachern’ Bursary.

Interested students may apply by way of a short essay detailing how they feel they exemplify the qualities referenced in the attached bursary criteria document. Applicants should include complete contact information in the event they are selected as the winner. Deadline is May 1st, 2020.

PEI Mutual Scholarship ($1000)

Interested students need to have their application and photo permission form emailed to Julie McCabe at no later than Friday, May 15th at 3:00 pm.

April 23rd UPDATES

The bursary booklet on our Student Services page has been updated as well. Here is the link to check it out.

Kids Count Award has extended the application deadline of April 30, 2020 ( J Jarvis and Micheal Miller) to May 30th, 2020 and applications can be sent to emailed to Karen Tsistinas at or sent by regular post to Public School Branch, PO Box 8600, Charlottetown, PE C1A 8V7.


UPEI is hosting a Virtual Open House for prospective students on Monday, April 20, at 1 pm. The University’s recruitment team will be live on Facebook to answer questions. Students will have an opportunity to see the campus, including a video message from our Dean, Dr. Nicholas Krouglicof, who will discuss the BSc, Sustainable Design Engineering program and provide a tour of the Engineering Building. Students will also be able to sign up for a chance to win a terrific UPEI prize. For more information

Extended to June 30th from April 30th – PEI Command, The Royal Canadian Legion Bursary –Link to Requirements & Application Process .  If you need more information contact Brenda MacMillan, Executive Director, PEI Command at:  902-892-2161

Community Foundation of PEI

Below is a link to a pdf of a scholarship opportunity for Prince Edward Island students from the Community Foundation of PEI.

Weekly Update from Parker Grimmer – May 20th, 2020

Posted on: April 1st, 2020 by Mary Whalley

‘It’s like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.’ – E. L. Doctorow

Dear Parents/Guardians, Students, and Staff;

Have you ever noticed when driving late at night that the road ahead is pitch-black? Even though our headlights are on, we still can only see a little ways down that road. This limited sight line requires us to stay attentive with our hands firmly on the wheel to navigate the part of the road we can see, so we can safely make the entire trip. The same can be said for how we navigate our lives and plan for the future during this pandemic. 

While we do not know what will happen in the distant future, we don’t need to. We can trust others for leading and caring for us, have faith in the contributions we can make, and navigate the unknowns as they arrive. We can successfully travel the whole journey through COVID–19 that way.

Our recent planning and navigating has ensured the Respite Program is off to a smooth start. The program is being utilized by 215 students and has been a welcomed support to their parents and caregivers.

Planning is also underway for some PSB staff to safely return to their work places. Custodians and cleaners started back to schools full-time this week and administrative assistants will be back part-time next week.

Operational plans allowing schools to complete essential tasks have been approved by the Chief Public Health Officer. These plans include packing up student items (desks and lockers) and working with families to distribute these items, providing Term 2 Report Cards to K-9 students who have not yet received them, collecting library books or other items on loan etc. Schools will communicate their detailed plans with families soon. Given the difference in school populations and layouts, things may be done differently at each school.  However, we can assure you that approved safety guidelines will be followed.

Additional activities and planning include, year-end student transition planning by our Student Services teams, exploring the use of Google Meet for some high school teachers and students, wrapping up Chromebook deliveries to over 1000 students, preparing for summer school, finalizing school supply lists and packaging Welcome to Kindergarten bags.

American novelist E. L. Doctorow’s quotation at the beginning of the message is our reminder that we don’t need to know everything in the future. We need only know enough to make hopeful, wise, and realistic plans. If together we don’t go too fast or deny the limitations, and we stay focused on the road directly ahead, the journey will be much more successful.

Thank you and take care,

Parker Grimmer

Director, Public Schools Branch