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Back to School Information

Dear Families:

We hope you and your family are enjoying a safe summer. School is back in session on September 8, and after almost 6 months apart, we are excited to welcome you back. With COVID-19 rates at low levels, students will return to school following the full opening model outlined in Nova Scotia’s Back to School Plan. To learn more about the plan, please visit

We know you have a lot of questions. We do not have all the answers yet, and the answers we give now may change depending on the health of Nova Scotians. If conditions change, our approach will change, including a possible move to either a blended learning model or at-home learning model. The direction to move to a different learning model will be given by Public Health as they assess COVID-19. Should this happen, we will let you know as soon as possible.

As you may have already heard, there are some key changes coming to school in September. This includes:

  • Mask use for all students who ride a school bus.
  • Mask use for all students in grades 4 to 12 and all staff, when they are unable to physically distance
  • Enhanced cleaning in our schools
  • Increased handwashing and sanitizing as students enter and exit school and throughout the day.

While these measures will become commonplace in schools across our province, I want to provide you more details about what your child’s day will look like for this year in the attached PDF document called, Back to School 2020-21 Information Sheet. Please review this important document as it does highlight significant changes you and your family should be aware of for the upcoming school year.

I will be sharing more specific updates before September 8th. Next, I will share more information related to our Jr. High program as well as our Sr. High program.  Such information will include daily routines, homerooms, bell schedule, food services, and other general items.

We realize there is a lot of information about new routines and changes. But, there are some things that haven’t changed. We are still committed to providing the best education and support for your child. Our school will continue to be a welcoming space where we focus on positive relationships between students and staff. When you are talking to your child about coming back to school, please let them know we are excited to see them again.

Working together, we can all help students feel safe and supported when they return to school. Let’s keep the lines of communication open to make this a positive year. Please reach out if you have specific questions or concerns.

Yours in education,

Shawn Brunt


September 2020 - Update

- Classes are scheduled to resume September 8th.
- School Supplies Lists for both Jr. and Sr. High Students are posted under the "Information" tab
- There will not be any Student Fees this school year.
- Non-medical masks are required for all students while in school, except when they are seated at their desks, and only if their desks are spaced two metres apart and facing the same direction. If students can’t sit two metres apart, they must wear a mask while at their desks. Each student will receive two reusable masks.
- Resources regarding the NS Back To School plan can be found at:
- More information will be communicated starting the week of August 24th.
We're looking forward to welcoming you back!


Grade 7 - 11 Annual Awards - Congratulations!

Annual awards typically given out on Promotion Day are available in the attached document. Award winners will receive their certificates and associated prizes in the Fall. Congratulations to all recipients!

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Congratulations to the Class of 2020

Our 2020 Covid-19 Graduation Ceremony took place Tuesday, June 23.  All students in the graduating class took their opportunity to walk across the PDHS stage as they head off towards the next phase in their lives.  The staff at PDHS wishes them all best with their future endeavours.  You can find the video of the ceremony at  A summary of the awards, scholarships, and bursary recipients are available in the attached pdf.

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Graduation 2020 - Tuesday, June 23

Graduating high school is a significant milestone and we are very proud of our graduates for all of their accomplishments both within PDHS and beyond. It is important to acknowledge these accomplishments in a meaningful way, and yet respect the Covid-19 pandemic we find ourselves in.

The graduation of the Class of 2020 will look very different this year due to Covid-19. However we assure you we will make this year's graduation memorable.

Attached is a letter outlining the details of our 2020 graduation as well as the specific procedures for graduation day.

We are looking forward to welcoming the newest members to the PDHS alumni family.

School Access - June 8 & 9

In an effort to return student belongings and have PDHS items returned, one family member will be able to access PDHS by appointment beginning Monday June 8.  Attached is a letter outlining the process to enter our school during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Teachers will be in touch with appointment times.

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Grades 9-12: Using In-Progress (IP) in the PowerSchool Student-Parent Portal

Students/Families: As teachers and students transition to a distant learning environment, the practice of communicating student learning and progress continues with students and parents/guardians. One of these ways is through the use of the PowerSchool Student-Parent Portal. At this time, the in-progress percentage mark will be disabled in the Portal and In-Progress (IP) will be appear.  For more information as to the rationale, refer to the attached PDF.


As part of Mental Health and Addictions through the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Adolescent Outreach Services in Northern Zone Nova Scotia (Cumberland, Pictou, Colchester, and East Hants areas) is continuing to offer adolescents up to five supportive counselling sessions through telephone and virtual visits due to the developing and ongoing COVID-19 situation until May 4, 2020 (with the possibility of extension). 

Refer to the attached flyer for more information.

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Nova Scotia's Learning Continuity Plan in Review

The province announced plans to support students and learning at home while school buildings remain closed until at least May 1st. For a guide to Nova Scotia’s Learning Continuity Plan, visit

In addition to supports offered by your teacher, which began last week, the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will begin to distribute grade P- 9 learning materials through store flyer packages every other week. The first flyer package was distributed last week.  These are delivered to most homes in Nova Scotia unless you have opted out of this service.

If you do not currently receive weekly flyers and want to activate delivery, please contact the Saltwire network:

Teachers will stay in touch with grade 10-12 students to support their learning and are working on plans to offer support in various ways, including options for students without access to technology at home. We know that each family has unique needs and circumstances, and teachers will work with you to find an arrangement that is best for your family.  Please refer to the Grade 12 Q&A on our Facebook page or on the CCRCE website at

Parents and studnets are encouraged to reach out to teachers with questions and support.


Grade 12 Q&A

Attached is a Q&A document specific to grade 12 students.  We want to make sure all students have answers to questions about courses, graduation, and support for post-secondary applications.

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