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Peace Wapiti Public School Division
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Welcome back to the 2020-21 school year

August 31, 2020

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 1, 2020. Some schools have opted to stagger re-entry by grade, as outlined on the PWPSD 2020-21 Back-to-School Info webpage

PWPSD School Re-entry Information
The PWPSD School Re-entry infographic is a quick-reference tool for COVID-19 information and PWPSD school re-entry planning. Information is updated regularly, to reflect the latest guidance from Alberta Education and Alberta Health.     

Online registration for new students; Returning Student Update Form for returning and transferring students
Parents/guardians of students who are new to PWPSD, or new to the school in which they are registering, should choose the New Student Registration link found at www.pwpsd.ca/registration to register them in the 2020-21 school year. Schools provide computer access to those who do not have Internet service. Parents/guardians of students returning to the school they attended in June, or transferring from a PWPSD feeder school, should complete the Returning Student Update Form when they receive an access code on September 4. Verifying emergency contact information currently on file has added importance this year – for COVID-19 contract tracing by Alberta Health Services, if required.

2020-21 school year calendar
PWPSD's printable school year calendar is available online at www.pwpsd.ca/Resources/ParentResources/calendars. Families should visit their school's website to access school-specific calendars, and remember to align upcoming family vacation plans with school holidays.   

Busing information
As of Tuesday, September 1, school zones will be in effect on school days. Drivers are reminded to exercise caution, adhere to posted speed limits, and remember 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. Students should plan to arrive at their bus stop five minutes early. Families can sign up for email notifications on the status of individual or multiple bus routes at http://transportation.pwpsd.ca. Notifications of partial or division-wide cancellations will be shared via all available communication channels, including 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
For news and updates, follow PWPSD on Facebook and Twitter. All PWPSD schools host Facebook pages – click or tap the Facebook icon on your school website. 

PWPSD wishes all students, families and staff a safe and healthy school year. Welcome back!