Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will join with school divisions across Alberta in welcoming students impacted by wildfires.
“In opening our doors to students who have been impacted by wildfires, we hope to restore a sense of normalcy and continuity to their lives in the midst of the turmoil surrounding them at this time,” says Superintendent Sheldon Rowe.
“We understand that families may need to focus their time and attention on coordinating resources, while contending with other matters that may arise from the disaster, such as speaking with relief and insurance agencies,” adds Mr. Rowe. “Although our schools may not replace their home schools and social circles, the daily structure and access to school counseling staff offered by our safe and welcoming school environments may relieve some of the stress that children may be experiencing during this difficult time.”
Displaced students and parents from Fort McMurray Public School District, Fort McMurray Roman Catholic School District, Northland School Division, and École Boréal within Greater North Central Francophone Education Region (Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord) may not be in possession of documents and identification normally required during the registration process. With this in mind, PWSD will exercise leniency in this area, and will accept any item displaying the home address of students from impacted schools, such as a drivers’ license, vehicle insurance card, or household utility bills.
Alberta Education will provide additional information on the student by cross-referencing existing data once the registration is submitted to the system. Displaced students will be exempt from final exams and Grade 6 and 9 Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs), as well as school fees.
Displaced Grade 12 students will receive an automatic exemption from the June diploma exams, or they may opt to write them at Special Writing Centres established across Canada and throughout the world, or at another school where they are temporarily registered. Schools will complete exemption forms on behalf of students, or accommodate requests to write.
Schools will arrange for free school supplies, which will be generously provided by Staples and the United Way Tools for School program. For more information, or to temporarily enrol your child in a PWSD school, please call or visit PWSD Central Office at (780) 532-8133, 8611A-108 Street, Grande Prairie, Alberta. To view PWSD’s list of schools, visit http://www.pwsd76.ab.ca/SchoolInfo. More information is available on the Alberta Education website at https://education.alberta.ca/wildfire-information-update/.