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Letter to Minister McIsaac Regarding Looking For Efficiencies in the Education System

The Atlantic Caucus of Home and School/School Councils met in October 2011. Delegates decided to call upon government and school officials to look at department and board spending in each Atlantic province. We are challenging and encouraging our departments of education officials to search for efficiencies in the system and redirect these funds into the classroom.
See the Federation’s letter and see Minister's response

Letter to Minister Currie regarding Eastern School Board of Trustees

At the November 25, 2010 meeting of the Prince Edward Island Home and School Federation, board members discussed, at length, the Eastern School Board of Trustees’ recent November 17, 2010 public meeting and their current decision to cancel meetings over the next month.
See the Federation's letter.

Home and School President Shocked At Dysfunction Of Eastern School Board

The president of the P.E.I. Home and School Federation says he was shocked at the steamrolling conduct exhibited during an Eastern School Board meeting here Wednesday night and will request an investigation by the Minister of Education. “I was totally distressed by what happened and I don’t think I was the only one,’’ said Owen Parkhouse who made a presentation… more (The Guardian)

Eastern School District Rezoning Process

Response The PEI Home and School Federation receives response from the newly appointed trusee, Patsy MacLean regarding board-wide rezoning.
See ESD letter from Official Trustee, March 23, 2011

The PEI Home and School Federation strongly urges the Board of School Trustees to begin the process of rezoning the Eastern School District (ESD) as recommended in the School Organization Plan released on January 7, 2009.
See Federation's Letter, October 14/10

Letter to Editor (The Guardian)

Dear Editor:
I am writing to comment on Dave Stewart’s article, in the Guardian dated May 13, 2010, on ‘Former mayor warns more school closures coming’. I would like to take this opportunity to say that successful school boards (and organizations) are known for their transparency and effective communications. The children and parents of all School Districts require
and welcome open and unfettered dialogue within their school board.
Regards,
Owen J.W. Parkhouse
President, PEI Home and School Federation

Home and School Federation Welcomes Parent Input On School Rezoning

The PEI Home and School Federation welcomes the Eastern School District trustees’ decision on January 27 to provide greater opportunity for parent input on school rezoning. “I am pleased that the trustees have accepted our recommendations and recognize the importance of slowing down the process to hear from parents,” said Federation President Bill Whelan.
The trustees also voted to construct new classrooms at three Charlottetown schools identified as needing extra space to accommodate incoming kindergarten students. If this new construction is approved by government, the Federation questions the timing for rezoning a subset of schools for September 2010, as recommended by the trustees. “The only effective way to look at rezoning is to consider the entire school board. A piece-wise approach will fail to achieve education and transportation goals,” said Whelan.

Update Regarding January 14/10 Letter To Eastern School Board Concerning Rezoning

 
The PEI Home and School Federation sent a letter on January 14, 2010 to Bob Clow,
Chairman of the Eastern School District Board of Trustees, requesting that the school board revise its policy on school rezoning to allow parents to be involved in the process
in more meaningful ways.
Specifically the Federation requested that the ad-hoc committee looking at rezoning be
expanded to include the principal and one parent from each of the schools to be
rezoned, and that the deadline to draft a rezoning report be extended by 2 months to
March 31, 2010.
The Federation’s position is that parents, principals and trustees need time to engage in
effective communication before a rezoning report is written. Parents must have an
opportunity to input and have their say on rezoning in a way that will have an impact on

Requests for Input - Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

New Senior High School Model

The Senior High School Model (SHSM) Committee, established by the Department of Education, has produced a discussion paper containing proposals to introduce new opportunities / modes of curriculum delivery for high school students. In April 2008, the PEI Home and School Federation was invited to review this document and provide feedback to Clayton Coe with the Department of Education. Home and School Association Presidents/Co-Chairs were asked to discuss this information with their Home and School members and forward any comments to the provincial office.
Click here for the Full SHSM Paper and the Federation’s response.


Instructional Staffing Model

“School Lockdown Response Plan”, Letter to ESD

The PEI Home and School Federation is pleased that the Eastern School District has drafted a policy titled “School Lockdown Response Plan”. In mid November the Federation requested information from the school board around the communications plan to parents and their children regarding school lockdowns. We received a sample letter to parents, including a backgrounder page that includes a section on Parent Involvement. In that section, it reads that “Parents should be aware of what their child is expected to do in a lockdown and how they can communicate with the child and the school.” The Federation agrees, but we have heard from parents who feel that the communication is not timely or sufficient. For example, the backgrounder details the lockdown procedures if a child is in a classroom, but what if he/she is in the library, cafeteria, gym or outdoors?

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