Prince Edward County News

Tri-Board Student Transportation buses will roll out in force on Tuesday, September 8 for all students’ first day of school, following staggered departures last week.

Students return to classrooms on Tuesday – for the second time amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Hastings Prince Edward District School Board has created pandemic-related guidelines and practices for students, families, teachers and staff, based on guidance from the provincial government.

In accordance with Ontario Ministry of Education guidelines, all school employees, bus drivers and visitors will be required to provide proof of vaccination or an official exemption document, and will be required to take COVID-19 tests. regular.

There will be no indoor assemblies and extracurricular activities will be permitted. The comprehensive document includes everything from screening and masks to PPE, hygiene, distancing, recess and breaks, shared spaces, cafeteria and food programs, visitors, transportation, ventilation, vaccination, mental health, sports, extracurricular activities and community use of schools. (Click here for full policy).

Return to in-person learning has been encouraged, but students also have the option to continue learning remotely.

Tri-Board Student Transportation Services notes that due to the volume of inquiries its office continues to receive, families who have not received their transportation details should consider alternate transportation to school. during the first days of school, especially if they have requested transportation. early September. Tri-board operates routes from Prince Edward County, north to Madawaska; and from Brighton to Gananoque.

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, said he doesn’t expect classrooms to be closed again this year. And while the province has encouraged vaccinations, the premier and education minister have said they won’t make them mandatory.

The Hastings Prince Edward Medical Officer of Health said keeping infection rates low in communities will be key to keeping schools safe.

“Everyone – parents, guardians, students, educators, school boards and public health – has a role to play in making the return to school as safe as possible,” he said. “There are two critical steps you can take to keep our community safe and help keep our students in class this year: get vaccinated if you’re eligible and stay home if you’re sick. Screen yourself and your household members daily for symptoms and if you have symptoms you should get tested, even if you are fully vaccinated.

“These two steps, along with infection control measures such as frequent hand washing, cleaning, and the use of face coverings have been shown to be effective in controlling the spread of COVID-19, and are essential in keeping our community – and our schools – as safe as possible.

Martha K. Merrill