Date: Monday, August 24, 2020
To: Parents & Guardians of Piikani Nation Students Attending NPES and PNSS
From:  Lisa Crowshoe – Superintendent

Oki! After a very challenging Spring and Summer, PBOE is preparing for students to return to school in a safe and healthy manner. To date, First Nations education has not received additional CoVid19 response funding. As a result, PBOE will use instructional funding for school re-entry planning. It is our priority to ensure enhanced sanitization, disinfecting, and physical distancing measures for children riding busses or entering the classroom. Bus drivers, teachers, support staff, and custodians are all working towards keeping your children safe. As with all CoVid19 pandemic response measures, there is no guarantee that this virus will not affect your child or family – leaving your home at any time results in risk but by being diligent and adhering to safety measures we decrease the risk of contracting the CoVid19 virus. To align with Alberta Health Services recommendations, all PBOE bus drivers, teachers, school staff, and administrative staff will be tested prior to school start up. Student testing prior to return is also recommended.

As of July 22, 2020, PBOE bus drivers, teachers, support staff, and custodians were prepared to return to school with near-normal measures (Scenario #1 Alberta Education). However, circumstances have resulted in PBOE moving towards Scenario #2 for September 2020. Due to delays in shipment of materials/supplies that support student and staff safety, PBOE will move school start dates:

School Administration: August 17, 2020

School Staff: August 24, 2020

NPES K4: September 21, 2020

NPES K5, Gr. 1 – 6: September 8, 2020

PNSS Gr. 7 – 9: September 8, 2020

PNSS Gr. 10-12: September 8, 2020

  • For student registration – please call NPES (403-965-3877) or PNSS (403-965-2121)
  • For bus registration – please call PBOE Transportation (403-965-3910)
  • To register for student at-home learning – please contact School Principals

If your preference is to continue with At-Home Learning (blended on-line and homework packages), please contact your child’s Principal as soon as possible. PBOE bus drivers, teachers, and staff look forward to providing educational services to your child(ren) in the upcoming school year.

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