COVID-19 Screening Tests

Dear Parents/Guardian,

We want to make you aware of the availability of home COVID-19 screening tests for children. They are for children under the age of 12 years and are now available in Eastern and Southern Kings. The aim of the pilot project is to provide home COVID screening tests to Island families with children, starting in rural PEI, where families have more limited access to COVID-19 testing.
The Lucira Check-It test kits are easy to use and instructions are available at Access PEI sites in Access Souris and Access Montague. Given the limited supply of kits, families are asked to take one or two kits at a time. 
Parents or guardians should use the test kits when children have symptoms of COVID -19. Positive tests are considered a preliminary positive and must be confirmed with a lab based PCR test. If a child has a preliminary positive result they should self-isolate with their parent or guardian until they are tested at a Health PEI testing clinic. They should continue to self-isolate until they receive the results of the confirmatory lab-based test. 
For more information, please visit: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/self-testing-for-covid-19 
Thank you for your continued patience and cooperation.

Covid Update – Sept. 16, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As announced by Dr. Morrison today, there are additional enhanced masking measures in our schools. Starting tomorrow: September 16th.

Students in grades 4 to 6 will be required to wear masks indoors at all times and on the bus when physical distancing is not possible, similar to students in Grades 7 to 12. Exemptions include:

When staff and students are able to physically distance within a classroom (6ft/2m);

Eating or drinking;

Participating in a physical activity (e.g. gym, outdoor recess);

Engaging in an activity which prevents them from doing so (e.g. playing a wind instrument);

When it poses a safety concern (e.g. welding); or

When a school assesses wearing a non-medical mask is not in the best interest of a student due to physical, medical or other factors.

After-school and extracurricular activities will resume.

As always, any individuals who are experiencing symptoms, even mild symptoms, should get tested immediately. Fast, accessible testing is available in locations across PEI. You can find a list of locations and times at https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/covid-19-testing-in-pei.

I understand this has been a challenging start to the year for some. We will work with our students to support them in meeting these requirements. I appreciate your patience and cooperation.

Anna MacKenzie, Principal

SRS Covid Update: Sept. 12, 2021

Classes will go ahead tomorrow at SRS.

Masks:

Required in K-12 whenever physical distancing isn’t possible.  This means they are still required on the bus and when transitioning.

In K-6, we are to have our cohorts in groups of 100 or less for recess by Wednesday:

Our current supervision schedule follows this almost perfectly.  

Please follow the usual health screening tool for your child:

Any individuals who are experiencing symptoms, even mild symptoms, should get tested immediately. Symptoms may include:
    new or worsening cough
    shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    fever/chills
    sore throat
    runny nose, sneezing, congestion
    headache
    muscle/joint/body aches
    feeling unwell/unusual tiredness
    acute loss of sense of smell or taste

Other symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea have been reported, but typically along with other COVID-19 symptoms, and may be seen more often in children.

For more information visit https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/about-covid-19-coronavirus

Fast, accessible testing is available in locations across PEI. You can find a list of locations and times at https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/health-and-wellness/covid-19-testing-in-pei.

Sincerely, 

Mrs Anna MacKenzie

Covid Update – Sept. 12, 2021

Today, the Chief Public Health Office has declared an outbreak at West Royalty Elementary School. West Royalty will be closed for one week. The Chief Public Health Office has also announced one positive case at Charlottetown Rural High School. Thus far, there have been no other cases identified at Charlottetown Rural High School. All close contacts of the individual are being called by public health to arrange for testing and self-isolation instructions.

All schools in the Charlottetown Family of Schools, which includes Donagh Regional School, will be closed for three days (Monday to Wednesday inclusive) to ensure public health nursing has adequate time to do contact tracing. Schools and buses that service these schools will be cleaned during this time. 

All other PSB schools will be open.

Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our Island school communities, all schools in the Public Schools Branch will move to their elevated risk scenarios effective Monday, September 13, 2021. Additionally, all before and after-school activities and all community use of school facilities in the Charlottetown Family of Schools will be suspended.

Families can reach out to the Public Schools Branch if they have further questions related to school: 1-800-280-7965 (toll free).

As always, all Islanders are urged to get tested if they experience any symptoms of COVID-19, even after a previous negative test, and to self-isolate until the results come back. Islanders are also encouraged to download the free national COVID Alert app, which will let them know if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

Anyone age 12 and over can make an appointment to receive their COVID-19 vaccination at one of the public clinics online or by calling 1-844-975-3303; or by contacting one of the 28 partner pharmacies across the province. Every Islander in the target age range will have the opportunity to be vaccinated in 2021.


You can read the full press release from CPHO at: https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/news/covid-19-outbreak-at-west-royalty-elementary-triggers-one-week-closure-charlottetown-family-of 

Take care,

Norbert Carpenter
Director

Welcome Back!

Good Morning Students, Parents and Guardians!   Our school is sparkling clean and we’re busy preparing for Tuesday Morning, our first day of school!  Just a few back to school notes:

ARRIVAL: 8:20 -8:30 for all grades

K-3: Lobster Door                                                             7-9: Main Door Left Side

4-6: Mouse Door                                                              10-12: Main Door Right Side.

Parking Lot Perimeter Ring : for Student drop off.  Staff will be onsite to assist.

All bus students should be waiting for their bus at least 5 minutes early on Tuesday morning.  If you aren’t sure of your time, then ask your closest neighbor on the route.  Bus drivers and routes are the same except that Sandra Mahar and Cody MacCormack have traded routes.  So, if you were on either of those routes last year, you can expect a similar pick up time Tuesday morning, but the North Side route will be driven by Cody, # 421.  The south side route will be driven by Sandra #418.  MASKS: to be worn by students when outside their classroom, and at all times on the bus.

SAS/PowerSchool: communication with all PEI homes re: marks and attendance is no longer being delivered through SAS.  The new program will be PowerSchool and it will be opened to parents and students later this month.

Our website has information re: school supplies lists.  If your child is in grades K-6 you can still purchase the $45 school supply package for your student.  Just send in your money to your child’s homeroom teacher.

Our Main Doors will continue to be closely monitored and the inner doors will remain locked.  Even in a low-risk Covid 19 situation, visitors are not encouraged, so we would ask parents to call the school to convey information.

Senior High students are asked to be patient the first day and attend their A block class as assigned.  Course changes will not begin until B block on Tuesday.

We’re looking forward to a great year at SRS!

Grade 7-9 Covid Vaccine Consent Forms are Due!

This is a reminder to please complete and return your student’s consent form for the COVID-19 vaccine tomorrow if you have not already done so! Public Health Nursing will be at Souris Regional on Monday, June 7th. Please note that on the consent form you are asked to check one of two boxes, either “yes, I do consent” or “no, I do not consent” to the student named on the form receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. If the student does not have a consent form indicating that their parent or guardian has checked the box to consent to the vaccination, they will not be able to receive the vaccine in the school setting. Additionally, if the student has consent but at the time of immunization is refusing to get the vaccine, the student will not be immunized and the parent/guardian will be notified. Public Health Nurses are highly skilled health care providers with in-depth training and knowledge of vaccines and take great care in providing a safe environment for students, as well as school staff and families throughout the school-based immunization programs.

Covid-19 Grade 7-9 Vaccine Clinic

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you are aware, the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out in PEI schools will take place across PEI throughout the month of June. The vaccination clinic for Souris Regional School will take place on Monday June 7, 2021.

The vaccination consent form will be sent home today. Only the last page of the consent information needs to be completed and returned to the school.  Please sign and return it to your child’s homeroom teacher,  to ensure that your child receives their vaccine.

If the consent form is not signed, your child will not be vaccinated at the school and will need to book at a community clinic. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to school administration.

Thank you,

Anna MacKenzie