SCHOOL AND OFFICE CLOSURE – MONDAY, OCT 19, 2020 FOR MAJOR WATER LINE LEAK

Date: Friday, October 16, 2020
To: Parents & Guardians of Students Attending PNSS and NPES
From: Lisa Crowshoe – Superintendent
RE: SCHOOL AND OFFICE CLOSURE – Monday, October 19, 2020
MAJOR WATER LINE LEAK

Repairs are underway. PBOE school staff will keep students informed as to At-Home Learning Packages and instruction.

PBOE thanks you in advance for your patience during this time.

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SCHOOL AND OFFICE CLOSURE – FRIDAY, OCT 16, 2020 FOR MAJOR WATER LINE LEAK

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020
To: Parents & Guardians of Students Attending PNSS and NPES
From: Lisa Crowshoe – Superintendent
RE: SCHOOL AND OFFICE CLOSURE – FRIDAY, OCT 16, 2020
MAJOR WATER LINE LEAK

Oki. Peigan Board of Education Operations and Maintenance, along with Piikani Public Works Department, are working diligently to stop a water line leak. The anticipated work would require water shut off to both PNSS/NPES schools and board office ‘on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020. Therefore, schools and board office will be closed on this day.

With no water available, PBOE feels that it is unsafe for children and staff to be on site as water is required for drinking, to ensure proper hand washing/sanitization and for washroom use. PBOE is sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep families posted on the repair work.

PBOE schools will ensure that your child is prepared with At Home Learning packages at the end of today.
PBOE thanks you in advance for your patience during this time.

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Info Chart for Student Symptons

Information chart for required and/or recommendations to take if a student has symptoms of an illness.

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Peigan Board of Education AGM

Peigan Board of Education AGM

Annual General Meeting: Monday, October 26, 2020, 7 pm – PNSS Gym

Nomination Meeting : Monday, October 26, 2020, 4-7 pm – PNSS Gym

  • Two Board Trustees for 3 year term positions.
  • Two Board Trustees for 1 year term positions.

Please Note: All candidates must attend the AGM and provide the following documentation at the time of nomination:

  • RCMP Clearance Letter
  • Child Welfare Check

Supper will be provided.

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AB Chief Medical Officer letter to parents Sept 03/20

AB Chief Medical Officer letter to parents Sept 03

Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
10025 Jasper Avenue NW
PO Box 1360, Stn. Main
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2N3
Canada
www.health.alberta.ca

September 3, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians of Alberta students:

With the 2020-21 school year starting up, I wanted to reach out with a few reminders. We’re all going to need some help as we navigate the upcoming weeks and make our children’s school experience as comfortable as possible while we manage our own anxiety about what a school experience in a time of COVID-19 looks like.

Adjusting to living with COVID-19

Let me start by saying I’m a parent too. I know that all of us want the best for our children whether they are going back to a classroom or you’re supporting their learning at home. This pandemic is hard for everyone. Our kids are not going back to the same school environment they left in March. Things will not look or feel the same this year.

For my family, I truly believe that returning our children to in-person classes is part of ensuring their overall health. You may feel differently and your decisions must be made in the best interest of your family. Whatever your choice, your school authority has a program to suit your decision and my team is working to support your school authority.

Public health guidance for schools

We have been working with our partners in Alberta Education and Alberta Health Services (AHS) to develop the guidance for school re-entry. Your children’s schools and their school authorities have plans for putting this health guidance into action. I believe that this is the right next step to getting Alberta’s students back to classes in a way that reduces COVID-19 risks in our schools, but also considers other aspects of their health. My team and I will be closely watching the return to school experience to use this information to adjust our public health advice if needed. I have committed to posting any new orders Monday through Thursday, and will share information when new orders get posted online via social media, and at my regular updates.

If everyone works together to follow the public health guidance, we can help keep one another safe. Please screen your child daily for any symptoms with the list your school has provided. If your child is sick, please keep them home and arrange for them to be tested for COVID-19 through AHS. Appointments can be booked online at www.ahs.ca/covid. Some of you may have heard that it isn’t worth getting tested because it takes too long to get results. AHS is working hard to improve testing turnaround times and result notification, because it is so important to be able to get a test and results as quickly as possible.

Schools have put in place enhanced cleaning and disinfecting, physical distancing plans and cohort plans for students. Your school has developed a plan for implementing these measures within its specific setting. It is important that all members of your school community follow this plan to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Clarification of mask requirement

As a part of the safety measures to reduce COVID-19, mask use for students in grade 4 through 12, and all staff and visitors is provincially required. This applies to all staff in all settings outside of seated classroom instruction where physical distancing of two metres cannot be maintained. Students will be required to wear masks in all shared and common areas, including hallways and on the school bus.

We recognize that wearing a mask all day during instruction may have impacts on communication and learning for children. The mask policy and guidance announced in early August has always stated that masks are not required when children are seated at their desks. Where two meters is not possible between desks or tables, students should be arranged with the greatest distance possible between them, and so they are not facing each other, such as in rows, so they are not likely to cough or sneeze directly on the face of another student. If close contact between students, or students and staff is occurring due to a non-seated activity, non-medical face masks should be used for the duration of the activity.

While the above information on the mask requirement has been part of our guidance for several weeks, it was formally adopted on August 29th through Order 33-2020. This order was finalized and issued over the weekend before schools started with the intent to ensure that school authorities could review the order before it came into effect on August 31st. The order does not change the policy or my advice for guidance in schools. I am sorry for any anxiety or confusion that this order may have caused.

How to help your child prepare

You are critical in supporting your children to manage these changes. I know that it can be hard for children to stay at a distance from friends or to stay in one cohort. It is natural for children of all ages to want to be close to their friends and play together, especially after having been apart for a long time. You can help by talking to your child about the changes they will see in their school, helping them become comfortable with wearing a mask, showing them how to wash their hands and teaching them about the importance of keeping physical distance where possible. It is also important to help our children remember to be compassionate to others who may forget the new rules or are unable to wear a mask. Supporting each other to adjust to the new normal will be our best long-term defence.

Dealing with cases of COVID-19 in schools

Despite all the measures that will be taken in your child’s school, I expect there will still be some cases of COVID-19 in school settings. My team has developed a resource guide to help school communities understand what tools are available when responding to COVID-19 in school settings. That includes what to do when there are symptomatic students or staff in the school, what to expect when a case or outbreak is identified and information to provide to the school community. This COVID-19 School Outbreak Resource Guide can be found online at alberta.ca/ReturnToSchool.

You will be notified if there are any cases of COVID-19 at your child’s school. Our partners at AHS public health will work closely with school administrators to ensure that all close contacts of any COVID-19 case are identified and informed as quickly as possible. You will also be made aware of any additional public health measures being implemented at the school.

Supporting mental health

With the big changes to our children’s lives over the past several months, it is natural that they may be feeling anxious or fearful. If you need any supports for your children or for your own mental health, you can find resources at the AHS website “Help in Tough Times”. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the resources listed there if you need them.

Conclusion

Finally, I want to say thank you for your continued efforts to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Successful re-entry depends on all members of our school community working together to ensure the safety of all those attending school. We are all in this together.

I wish your family a safe return to school.

Yours sincerely,
Deena Hinshaw, BSc, MD, MPH, CCFP, FRCP
Chief Medical Officer of Health
For more information on school re-entry, please visit: alberta.ca/ReturnToSchool

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Registration for 2020/21 School Year

Registration for 2020/21 school year

Peigan Board of Education
Registration for 2020/21 school year
NPES/PNSS

Only new students are required to register at schools:

  • NPES 403-965-3877
  • PNSS 403-965-2121

Students who attended last school year will be pre-registered.

If you intend to continue at home learning, please contact your child’s school as soon as possible.

Please contact:
PBOE Transportation for bus service: 403-965-3910

 

 

Custodian – Term Position

Date Posted: September 2, 2020

Job Posting: CUSTODIAN-TERM POSITION

Position Summary

The Peigan Board of Education Maintenance Department requires two term positions (tentative to Dec. 31, 2020) for cleaning regarding Covid-19 protocols.

Position Responsibilities

  • Perform “fit to work” testing daily at the schools
  • Regular daily cleaning of washroom facilities and other areas in the schools including the playground
  • Cleaning of all “touchpoint” surfaces throughout the school

Please submit resumes to the board of education office by: Thursday, September 3, 2020, 4 pm
PEIGAN BOARD OF EDUCATION P.O. Box 130 Brocket, AB T0K 0H0
Tel: 403-965-3910 Fax: 403-965-3713
Email: lpard@piikani.ca

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Transportation School Re-Entry Update 2020-2021

August 28, 2020
To: Parents & Guardians
From: Ellen English – Transportation Coordinator
Re: Transportation School Re-Entry Update 2020-2021

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome the students back to school for the School Year 2020-2021. This year the school buses will be operating a little different than normal, one of the main concepts will be keeping both students and bus drivers safe. All Piikani Schools will be operating at Scenario 2; one week in school learning and one week at home learning. Bus students have been split up into Cohort A and Cohort B. See below for cohorts first day of school. It is mandatory mask use for students in grades K5-12 when boarding/riding the school bus.

All bus units will have mandatory seating plans for the students, in which they will be grouped/partnered with their siblings and seated together. All students will board the school bus with their masks on, go directly to their assigned seat and must remain in that seat until they arrive to the school. Backpacks will NOT be allowed on the bus due to health and safety measures- lunches and snacks will be provided and distributed at school, along with homework and supplies. Zero tolerance for non-compliance to school bus rules and regulations.

All buses will be sanitized daily (after school drop off and home drop off), this is to ensure the safety for the students and the bus driver. If your child has flu like symptoms such as a cough, runny nose, or high fever, you’re required to keep them home. Once your child is feeling better with no flu like symptoms they may return to school, keep in mind that the drivers will refuse students that appear to be sick. For further information, please visit our website at www.piikani.ca.

First day of School for Piikani Schools are:

  • Napi’s Playground Elementary School:
    • Cohort A- Tuesday, September 8th
    • Cohort B- Monday, September 14th
  • Piikani Nation Secondary School:
    • Cohort A- Tuesday, September 8th
    • Cohort B- Monday, September 14th

I’m hoping to see the fun side of facing these challenges, rather than focusing on the negative aspect. During these trying times, with daily focus on these procedures we will eventually overcome this pandemic.

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School Bus Rules

SCHOOL BUS RULES

  1. MANDATORY MASKS FOR GRADES K5-12, UPON ENTRY
    (DRIVERS WILL HAND OUT MASKS UNTIL UNAVAILABLE, PARENTS WILL THEN BE RESPONSIBLE)
  2. NO BACKPACKS ALLOWED ON THE BUS
  3. ABSOLUTELY NO FOOD AND DRINKS DUE TO EXPOSURE AND SANITARY PRECAUTIONS
  4. MANDATORY ASSIGNED SEATS- ALL STUDENTS WITH SIBLINGS WILL BE SEATED TOGETHER, THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS IF ALL SEATS ARE FILLED
  5. THERE WILL BE NO YELLING, SWEARING, FIGHTING OR VULGAR LANGUAGE ACCEPTED ON THE BUS
  6. NO JUMPING SEAT-TO-SEAT, CRAWLING UNDER THE SEATS, TRYING TO SIT ON BLOCKED SEATS AND VANDELIZING THE SEATS, WINDOWS OR WALLS
  7. NO STANDING ON THE BUS- ALL STUDENTS MUST REMAIN SEATED AT ALL TIMES
    ***ZERO TOLERANCE TO NON-COMPLIANCE, WILL RESULT IN THE STUDENT BEING EXCUSED FOR 1 DAY, DEPENDING ON THE SEVERITY ***

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