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Healthy Promoting Schools - Student Survey

Good morning Panthers! Please complete the HPS Grade 9 Healthy Promoting Schools survey by following this link: 

Bus Driver Routes

As we continue to navigate the pandemic, bus driver shortages have impacted arrival and departure times for students at some schools. Although Operational Services continues to actively problem-solve as situations emerge on a daily basis, some altered times continue to be a reality. When bus times need to be altered, CCRCE Communications works with Transportation to ensure information is posted on social media for families to receive late bus information. One thing that has become apparent is that many students and families do not know their bus route number - this has caused confusion for some families.

Our students know the name of their driver(s), however when communications are coming from CCRCE for changes, it will be by route number.  Please see below our drivers, their route numbers, and their general route for future reference. The number for the bus company is 902-661-2533 if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Tom Cooper - #84:
    • Rockley Rd / Hwy 6 / Rabbittown Rd / Aboiteau Rd / Wallace Bay / Miller Rd / Irish Town Road / Murray Road
  • Andy Williams #135
    • Hartford / Victoria / Connsmills / Pugwash River Road / Crowley Rd
  • Colin  Brownell- #89
    • Gulfshore / Kerrs Mill Road / Hwy 6 / Wallace Bridge
  • Tasha Marriott- #205
    • Hwy 4 / Hunter Rds / Hwy 368 / Route 6
  • Glenn Stevens - #186
    • Lake Rd / Hwy 307/ Hwy 6 / Kerrs Mill / Hwy 368
  • Larry Rushton - #275
    • Port Howe / Toney Bay / Hwy 366 / Lower Shinimicas Rd / Hwy 6 / Lake Kearney Road / Beckwith Rd


Covid Decision Tree - To Test or Not to Test

Public school students in Nova Scotia return to in-person learning on Monday, January 17. There will be enhanced public measures in all schools, including layered measures to keep children and staff safe. More information is available by following the link below, including Public Health Guidance and Returning to Class.


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Looking for PDHS Swag - Go to our Online Store Today!

The PDHS 2021 online ordering site is now live. The sale closing date is NOVEMBER 10.
Expected order delivery date is approximately 4 weeks and therefore will be here before Christmas!


Welcome Back Panthers!

We hope you had a great summer and we are looking forward to another great school year at PDHS.  First day of school for students is Tuesday, September 7.

The Nova Scotia Back-To-School plan can be found at:

See you then!

Graduation 2021 - Information for Graduates and Guests

Nova Scotia schools have been provided direction from Nova Scotia Public Health and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development to enable us to move forward with this year’s graduation.

This plan for graduation is:

  • Graduation will take place over two days; June 28 and June 29.
  • Appointment times are in 15-minute blocks:
    • Times can be found in the Graduation 2021 Google Classroom.
    • Times have been allocated in alphabetical order.
  • Each graduate can have a maximum of 6 guests.
  • Graduates are able to pick up their gown, sash, and cap from the Main Office beginning Thursday, June 24.  There is a deposit of $10 due at the time of pickup.
  • The graduation will not be Livestreamed.  A video will be made and posted to Facebook.

The process for graduation is as follows:

  • The Graduate and their six guests are to enter the school using the main entrance (Lobby) at their appointment time and will be greeted by a staff member.
  • Graduates are to provide or complete the Daily Covid-19 Self-Assessment form for themselves and guests as they enter the school.
  • Graduates who have not picked up their gown, sash, and cap will do so from a table and proceed to the gym via the main doors.
  • Graduates and their guests will enter the gym.
  • Graduates will walk up onto the stage as their name is called.
  • Once on the stage, awards/scholarships/bursaries, and future plans will be read.
  • The graduate will pick up an envelope which contains their diploma, any bursaries they received, report card, transcripts, etc. from a table on the stage.
  • Guest will have a couple of minutes to take some pictures.
  • Graduates will continue off the stage and into the cafeteria with their guests for a school-based photo and personal photo.  Masks can be removed at this time.
  • Graduates will leave their gown and sash in the cafeteria in designated bins.  Graduates will keep the cap and tassel.
  • Graduates and guests will leave the cafeteria via the courtyard doors to the parking lot.

In an effort to support a safe and orderly experience for all, we require all graduates and guests follow public health Covid-19 protocols.

  • All individuals entering the building will be asked to complete the Daily Covid-19 Self-Assessment form.
  • All individuals must follow proper handwashing techniques:
  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available as individuals enter and exit the school.
  • It is important graduates adhere to their scheduled time to stay within Public Health gathering limits.
  • A two-meter physical distance must be maintained between all those in attendance unless they are part of the same household or close social group.
  • All individuals must wear non-medial masks that cover their nose and mouth at all times while in the school:

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school.

We look forward celebrating the PDHS Class of 2021!


At-Home Learning Continues for Our Students Until the End of the School Year

Dear families,

Today, Dr. Strang and Premier Rankin announced an extension of the current provincial lockdown to at least the second week of June, given the current epidemiology in the province.

They also announced that At-Home Learning will continue until the end of this school year.

  • Classes for high school students will end on June 11, when these students move into final assessments.
  • Classes for other grades will continue as scheduled.
  • Supports for students available through school counsellors, SchoolPlus, specialists, reading recovery and the small group instruction that teachers have been using throughout this month will also continue. 
  • More information will be shared in the coming weeks about the remainder of the school year, belongings pick-up/drop-offs, and graduation ceremonies, following conversations with Public Health and school principals.

We would prefer our students to be in-class with their friends and teachers. However, we also know that students and staff are making at-home learning work. Teachers have found creative ways to educate their students, and students have worked hard to stay engaged. I am sure this will continue.

I also want to acknowledge that at-home learning isn’t easy. And I know the challenges it presents are not the same for everyone. I want to thank the staff, students and families for your support, perseverance and participation. I appreciate your understanding and patience during the third wave of the pandemic.

Our commitment is that classes will continue until the end of the current school year, and students will continue to be assessed on their performance by their teachers. For more information about assessment, click here.

I appreciate the challenges you may face, and I want to reinforce the supports available to students and families. You are not alone during these trying times. If your family needs support, don’t hesitate to reach out.

  • If you have questions about your child’s learning and/or questions about support from specialized individuals like Speech and Language Pathologists, Student Support Workers, Assistive Technology Specialists, Autism Specialist, please call or email your teacher or your school principal.
  • If you are unable to access food support from a local food program, emergency food supports are available. Call 211 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and speak to a navigator.
  • The Homework Hub for Mathematics is now available to students in grades 4 to 12, with extended hours and can be accessed through student gnspes accounts or by calling 1-888-444-6607.  See
  • If you have questions about services and programs available to your family, our SchoolsPlus team is available to help. For contact information, please visit

Please continue to follow Public Health guidelines, get tested regularly and stay close to home. I also strongly encourage you and your family to get vaccinated once your age group opens. By doing this hard work now, we can all enjoy a better summer. 

Take care,

Gary Adams

Regional Executive Director

Chignecto Central Regional Centre for Education

Schedules for At-Home Learning

At-Home Learning Begins Tomorrow -  Friday April 30

Tomorrow is Day A on our Schedule

Jr. High Schedules:

  • Jr. High students will have four hours of course work each day, with no more than two hours online.
  • Jr. High students will have the same courses using a modified Timetable.
    • Schedules are attached
    • Modifield Timetable is attached
      • Note periods 3 and 4 have been reduced to 30 minutes.

Sr. High Schedules:

  • Sr. High students will follow their original daily schedule.
  • Sr. High Timetable has been modified to coincide with the Jr. High Timetable
    • The Timetable is attached
    • Periods 3 and 4, the Double Block, will be one hour.
    • The second hour will take place between 2:00 and 3:00PM

Teachers will reach out to students with more details.


Moving to At-Home Learning

An email was sent to families regarding today's announcement, April 27. If you did not receive an email, you can find the information on the CCRCE webpage:



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