Rezoning Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What schools are impacted by rezoning?
  • Birchwood Intermediate
  • Cardigan Consolidated
  • Donagh Regional
  • Glen Stewart Primary
  • Parkdale Elementary
  • Prince Street Elementary
  • Queen Charlotte Intermediate
  • Spring Park Elementary
  • St. Jean Elementary
  • Stratford Elementary
  • Stonepark Intermediate
  • West Kent Elementary
  • West Royalty Elementary 
  1. How do I know which school my address is zoned for?

The new rezoning maps are available on the ‘Better Learning For All’ website: www.princeedwardisland.ca/betterlearningforall. In time, students and families affected by rezoning will be contacted by schools.

  1. Will I receive information about how to register my child at his/her new school?

Schools will assist in the process of registering students.

  1. What if my child is currently out-of-zone?

Existing student transfers will remain valid if a student is zoned for and attending a school that is not on the above list.

Existing student transfers are no longer valid if the student is either zoned for or attending one of the above named schools.

  1. How do I request a student transfer for my child to attend a school outside our zone?

The Student Transfer Procedure and Application Forms are available on the PSB website:

  1. Which high school will my child attend?

Students will attend the high school of their intermediate feeder school in their school family.

  1. When will the changes take effect?

September 2017.

  1. How do I get information on my child’s new school?

Information on schools will be available soon. Transition teams will work to create opportunities to visit and tour new schools for students who are changing schools.

  1. Will bussing for my child change?

Work is proceeding on bus routes. This information will be communicated before school begins in September 2017.

  1. Will all the Charlottetown intermediate schools offer the same programs such as band, choir, athletics, continuing and late French Immersion, etc.?

All Charlottetown intermediate schools will offer similar programs.

  1. What is a Transition Team?

Transition teams are groups that will work together to provide leadership, coordination and support during the transition.  The Transition Teams may include principals, school staff, the Director of the Public Schools Branch and Branch staff from the following areas: Policy and Planning, Student Services, Finance, Human Resources, Corporate Services, Accounting, Maintenance, Transportation and the Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture.

  1. If I have a question, who should I talk to?

Contact the Public Schools Branch: 902-368-6990 or your current school principal.

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Revised Student Transfer Procedures – Explanation and Rationale

The School Review process identified a concerning number of students are attending a school outside of their school attendance zone.  The Public Schools Branch received considerable feedback from communities indicating that students should attend school based on the established school attendance zones.

The Student Transfer Procedure has been revised and has new criteria and a newly revised Student Transfer Request application form.  New student transfer requests will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances (health, safety and learning needs) or for operational reasons (capacity, programming, etc.).

Students attend a designated school based on the geographical region of their residence and program considerations.  The Public Schools Branch determines school attendance zones and may periodically adjust them in accordance with the School Change Policy.

The schools that have been directly impacted by rezoning are:

  • Birchwood Intermediate
  • Cardigan Consolidated
  • Donagh Regional
  • Glen Stewart Primary
  • Parkdale Elementary
  • Prince Street Elementary
  • Queen Charlotte Intermediate
  • Spring Park Elementary
  • St. Jean Elementary
  • Stratford Elementary
  • Stonepark Intermediate
  • West Kent Elementary
  • West Royalty Elementary

While changes have been made to the Souris Regional zone, this school was not identified to be studied in the Category II report and therefore existing student transfers will not be affected.

Existing student transfers will remain valid if a student is zoned for and attending a school that is not on the above list.

Existing student transfers are no longer valid if the student is either zoned for, or attending, one of the above named schools.

Any new student transfer requests will be assessed under the revised Student Transfer Procedure. This procedure will be in effect for all families of schools in the Public Schools Branch.

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School Change Transition Teams

The purposes of the Transition Teams are:

  • To ensure school transitions are seamless and efforts are made to create a positive experience for all involved.
  • To identify transitional requirements and activities and ensure they are completed.
  • To identify and/or respond to challenges and ensure timelines and solutions are achieved.
  • To collaborate with others to gain information which can positively shape the transition plan.
  • To reflect on the process, identify successes and challenges and to celebrate accomplishments.

There will be a Branch-Based Transition Team and two Joint School-Based Transition Teams. The Charlottetown Intermediate Transition team will include Principals from Birchwood and Stonepark.  The Charlottetown/Stratford Elementary Team will include Principals from Donagh, Glen Stewart, Stratford, Spring Park, West Kent and West Royalty.  Schools that were most significantly impacted by rezoning were selected for these teams.  These teams have their initial meetings on Friday, April 7, 2017.

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Summary of Board Decisions on Zoning and Programming Changes

At a special public board meeting held April 3, 2017, the Public Schools Branch Board of Directors made their decisions on the recommendations from the Category II Study for the review of schools in six families of schools.  The Board has authorized a number of zoning and programming changes.  These decisions are final and implementation efforts have started.  The Board decisions on school closures required Cabinet approval and Cabinet has decided not to close any schools.
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Special Meeting of the Board of Directors Will be Live-streamed

The Board of Directors of the Public Schools Branch will make its decisions on the school review recommendations at a special meeting of the Board tonight at Bluefield High School.  Government of Prince Edward Island will be live-streaming this meeting beginning at 7:30 this evening.  You can watch it on their YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/govpeca/live

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