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Peace Wapiti Public School Division
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Peace Wapiti Public School Division No. 76
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Welcome back to the 2019-2020 school year – School starts on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

August 29, 2019

Grande Prairie, AB – Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) extends a warm welcome to new and familiar faces as students and staff return to the classroom on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. The following resources will help families transition from summer break to school year immediately following the Labour Day long weekend. 

School office reopening dates 
School offices are now open and ready to accept fees payment and answer questions. For a list of office hours by school, visit http://bit.ly/PWPSD-Back-to-School-2019-20

School supply lists and fees 
Families should click the 'Registration' tab on their school website to access school supply lists and fees. Find a list of PWPSD school websites at www.pwpsd.ca/SchoolInfo. School websites also offer a place to sign up for e-newsletters, along with links to the school handbook, bus route notifications, bell schedule, staff list, and helpful resources for parents and students.

Online registration for new students 
If your child is new to PWPSD, or new to the school in which you are registering, click the New Student Registration link found at www.pwpsd.ca/registration to register them in the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. Schools provide computer access to those who do not have Internet service. 

Returning Student Update Form
If your child is returning to the school they attended in June, or transferring from a PWPSD feeder school, you do not need to complete the online registration form. In September, families of returning students will be emailed a Snap Code to complete the Returning Student Update Form, to verify or update demographic information currently on file, such as home address, phone number and emergency contacts.

2019-2020 school year calendar

PWPSD's printable school year calendar is available online at www.pwpsd.ca/Resources/ParentResources/calendars. The calendar includes statutory holidays and professional development days. To facilitate blended high school and elementary busing at some schools, Compressed School Weeks (CSWs) are incorporated within the calendar to adjust for the difference in required instructional time. To compensate for the difference, some elementary schools receive a selection of Fridays off throughout the school year. The PWPSD district calendar includes suggested CSW Days, but some elementary schools may adjust those dates to align with high school events occurring on Fridays, such as graduation. Families should visit their school's website to access school-specific calendars, and remember to align upcoming family vacation plans with school holidays.   

Kindergarten start-up
While Tuesday, September 3, 2019 marks the official first day of school, many PWPSD schools vary Kindergarten start-up dates and/or schedule personalized orientation meetings with families of registered Kindergarten students to determine programming needs and ease the transition to school. For questions or concerns, please contact the school office. For the first day of Kindergarten classes by school, view our Back-to-School information webpage at http://bit.ly/PWPSD-Back-to-School-2019-20

Busing information

As of Tuesday, September 3, school zones will be in effect on school days. Drivers are reminded to exercise caution and adhere to posted speed limits. Drivers should also note that it is illegal to pass a school bus in rural areas when red lights are flashing. 

Families should provide current daytime telephone numbers to the PWPSD Transportation Office by calling (780) 532-7734, and their child's school. Prior to the first day of school, PWPSD bus drivers will be in touch with families to provide busing information. Students should plan to arrive at their bus stop five minutes early. In September, trained PWPSD busing representatives will conduct free bus safety presentations at participating elementary schools.

Families can sign up for email notifications on the status of individual or multiple bus routes at http://transportation.pwpsd.ca. In the event of partial or Division-wide cancellations, notifications will be posted on all available communication channels, including the Division and school websites, the Power Announcement telephone system, the bus route email notification system, and PWPSD's social media outlets – Facebook and Twitter.

Follow us on social media
In the event of a power, telephone or server outage during an emergency, staff and families may access important notifications and updates by following PWPSD's Facebook and Twitter feeds: https://www.facebook.com/PWPSD and https://twitter.com/pwpsd. All PWPSD schools host Facebook pages – to begin following today, click the Facebook icon on individual school websites. 

New year, new look –
Updated branding marks PWPSD's 25
th anniversary
Staff, students and trustees provided feedback in an online rebranding survey in May, followed by a vote on three logo options in June. The resulting new logo offers a modernized take on the former brand, developed in 1994 to mark a merging of school districts that formed PWPSD. In addition to a stronger wordmark and brighter colours, the updated logo includes a stylized wapiti antler, combined with blue to represent the Peace and Wapiti Rivers that mark the school division's north and south boundaries, along with green for the rural roots of the communities PWPSD serves. Most importantly, it reflects the overwhelmingly positive feedback provided by survey respondents who described PWPSD as inclusive, supportive and caring.

PWPSD wishes all students, families and staff a happy and successful school year. Welcome back!