Back to School Information for the 2020-2021 School Year

 Find important dates, school supply lists, Kindergarten start-up dates, school fees and more.

The following information was posted on August 21, 2020. Any updates after this date will be posted below in red. Please bookmark this webpage and check it often. 


PWPSD School Re-entry Plan

On August 7, Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) released its School Re-entry Plan for the 2020-21 School Year. (Updates since the release of this document by PWPSD on August 7, 2020 are noted throughout as NEW.) The plan was developed by Central Office and school administration who formed the PWPSD Relaunch Committee after the move to at-home learning in March, and follows direction provided by the Government of Alberta in their 2020-2021 School Re-entry Plan. The package includes three pieces: 

When does school start?  

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 is the first day of school. Kindergarten start-up dates vary by school – see information provided in the "When does Kindergarten start?" section below.

View the PWPSD 2020-2021 school year calendar.

NEW: Some schools may stagger their first day of school

The following is a list of schools that have chosen to stagger their start date. 

School Revised start date
​Beaverlodge Regional High School ​​New start-up dates announced on August 27, 2020:

Tuesday, Sept. 1: 
Only Grade 10 students attend.
Wednesday, Sept. 2: All students attend. 
​Helen E. Taylor School ​New start-up dates announced on August 25, 2020:

Tuesday, Sept. 1: Grade 4 students attend.
Wednesday, Sept. 2: Grades 5-9 attend.
Thursday, Sept. 3: All students attend. 

Any students new to Helen E. Taylor School are welcome to arrange a time for a tour on Sept. 1. Please call the school office at (780) 766-9103. 
Hythe Regional School
New start-up dates announced on August 25, 2020: 

Tuesday Sept. 1, and Wednesday Sept. 2: 
By appointment only. Teachers will contact parents to book a 20 minute time slot to bring their child into the school to see their homeroom, meet their teacher, tour the school, and to ask any questions.

Thursday, Sept. 3: Half of the school will attend. This will be arranged and communicated by the homeroom teacher.

Friday, Sept. 4: The other half of the school will attend. This will be arranged and communicated by the homeroom teacher.
​Peace Wapiti Academy ​New start-up dates announced on August 26, 2020:

Tuesday, Sept. 1: Grade 9 students only
Wednesday, Sept. 2: Grades 9 and 10 students only.
Thursday, Sept. 3: All Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 students attend. 
​Robert W. Zahara Public School ​New start-up dates announced on August 25, 2020:

Tuesday, Sept. 1: Grades 3 and 6 only
Wednesday, Sept 2: Grades 2 and 5 only
Thursday, Sept. 3: Grades 1 and 4 only
Friday, Sept. 4: All Grades 1-6 students attend 

Kindergarten will be doing their own staggered start for Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday classes. Mrs. Hauser will contact Kindergarten parents. 
​Rycroft School ​New start-up dates for Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten announced on  August 25, 2020:

Tuesday, Sept. 8: Full-day Kindergarten, Tues. / Thurs. / school Fridays
Wednesday, Sept. 9: Junior Kindergarten, Mon. / Wed., 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

​Sexsmith Secondary School ​New start-up dates announced on August 26, 2020: 

Tuesday, Sept. 1: Grades 12 and 9 students attend.
 Wednesday, Sept. 2: Grades 11 and 8 students attend.
 Thursday, Sept. 3: Grades 10 and 7 students attend.
 Friday, Sept. 4: ALL students attend.

​Spirit River Regional Academy ​New start-up date for Kindergarten announced on August 26, 2020: 

Thursday, Sept. 10: Kindergarten start date

New start-up dates for other grades announced on August 27, 2020: 

Tuesday, Sept. 1:
  • Grade 2/3 attends – Ms. Kisch
  • Grade 5/6 attends – Mrs. Konstapel
  • Grade 7, 8, and 9 attends – all students
Wednesday, Sept. 2:
  • Grade 1/2 attends – Ms. Rowe
  • Grade 4/5 attends – Mrs. Clarke
  • Grade 10, 11, and 12 attends – All students

When does my school office open? 

School office reopening dates are listed in the chart below. All PWPSD offices and shops will be closed on Labour Day, Monday, September 7, 2020.

School Gr. Principal Phone School office reopens
Alternative Education 4-12 Kate Thon (780) 864-3741 Peace Wapiti Enterprise Centre, Grande Prairie and the Spirit River Sub-Office: Thurs., Aug. 27, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Beaverlodge Elementary School K – 6 Andrew Lojczyc (780) 354-2446 Office opens Mon., Aug. 24, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Meet the Teacher: Mon., Aug. 31, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
Beaverlodge Regional High School 10 - 12 Anna Nelson (780) 354-2189

Timetable changes and registration:

Grade 12: Tues., Aug. 18, 9:00 am - noon

Grade 11: Wed., Aug. 19, 9:00 am - noon

Grade 10: Thurs., Aug. 20, 9:00 am - noon

Bezanson School K - 9 Elizabeth Linfield (780) 532-6490 Office opens Fri., Aug. 21, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Bonanza School K – 8 Theresa Simmonds (780) 353-3788 Office opens Mon., Aug. 24, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm.
Clairmont Community School K - 8 Scott Bowen (780) 567-4698 Office opens Mon., Aug. 24, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Meet the Teacher: Thurs., Aug. 27 at 3:30 pm.
Eaglesham School K - 12 Sarah Koning (780) 359-3792 Office open Tues., Aug. 25, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Elmworth School K - 9 Cynthia Gauthier (780) 354-8375 Office opens Mon., Aug. 24, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Harry Balfour School K - 8 Jen Clevette (780) 532-9276

Office opens Tues., Aug. 25, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Open House: Thurs., Aug. 27, 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm.

Helen E. Taylor School 4 - 9 Rob Robinson (780) 766-9103 Office opens Wed., Aug. 26, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Hythe Regional School K - 9 Dwayne Speager (780) 356-3934 Office opens Tues., Aug. 25, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.
LaGlace School K - 9 Heidi Hargreaves (780) 568-2430 Office opens Thurs., Aug. 27, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Peace Wapiti Academy 9 - 12 Wanda Gerard (780) 513-9504 Registration on Tues., Aug. 18:
Grade 9 at 9:00 - 11:30 am;
Grade 12 at 1:00 - 3:30 pm.

Registration on Wed., Aug. 19:
Grade 11 at 9:00 - 11:30 am; 
Grade 10 at 1:00 - 3:30 pm.

Timetable changes on Thurs., Aug. 20, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Penson School K - 8 Don MacAskill (780) 532-6390 Office opens Wed., Aug. 26, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Ridgevalley School K - 12 Penny Rose (780) 957-3995

Office opens Thurs., Aug. 27, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Meet the Teacher: Thurs., Sept. 17 at 6:30 pm.

Robert W. Zahara Public School K - 6 Lawrie McKeith (780) 568-3823 Office opens Tues., Aug. 25, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Rycroft School K - 8 Julie Hynes (780) 765-3830 Office opens Tues., Aug. 25, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Savanna School K - 12 Tina Sauder/Chris Young (780) 351-3771 Office opens Thurs., Aug. 27, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm.
Sexsmith Secondary School 7 - 12 Mike Lauzon (780) 568-3642 Registration/payments/locker selection by scheduled appointments, Tues. - Wed., Aug. 25-26, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Timetable changes for Grades 10-12 only.

Jr. High timetable changes are during first week of regular classes.

Fees payment/locker selection are open to all students. 
Spirit River Regional Academy K - 12 Dawne Kurtz-McNaught (780) 864-3696 Tues., Aug. 25, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.    
Teepee Creek School K - 8



(780) 568-2265

Office opens Tues., Aug. 25, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm.

Meet the Teacher/Barbecue: Thurs., Sept. 3 at 5:00 pm.

Wembley Elementary School K - 3 Peter Bailey (780) 766-2294 Office opens Mon., Aug. 24, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm.
Whispering Ridge Community School K - 8 Shawn O'Shea (587) 771-2180 Office opens Mon., Aug. 24, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Woking School K - 8 Danelle Boychuk (780) 774-3932 Office opens Mon., Aug. 24, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.


Where can I find school supply lists and school fees?

Click the Registration tab on your school's website to access school supply lists and school fees. See list of school websites in the chart below. If the updated 2020-2021 information is not available on your school website, please contact your school. Office reopening dates/times and telephone numbers are provided in the chart above.

School Website
Alternative Education
Beaverlodge Elementary School
Beaverlodge Regional High School
Bezanson School
Bonanza School
Clairmont Community School  
Eaglesham School
Elmworth School
Harry Balfour School
Helen E. Taylor School
Hythe Regional School
LaGlace School
Peace Wapiti Academy
Penson School
Ridgevalley School
Robert W. Zahara Public School
Rycroft School
Savanna School
Sexsmith Secondary School
Spirit River Regional Academy
Teepee Creek School
Wembley Elementary School
Whispering Ridge Community School
Woking School


When does Kindergarten start?

Registered Kindergarten students and their parents may be scheduled for staggered entry or orientation sessions during the first week of September. Staggered entry provides a smaller group setting for first-time students and eases the transition for both parents and young children. Kindergarten start-up dates for the 2020-21 school year are provided in the table below. Learn more about Kindergarten at

School Kindergarten Start-Up Dates
Beaverlodge Elementary School Kindergarten, Mon. / Wed.: Sept. 2
Kindergarten, Tues. / Thurs: Sept. 1
Kindergarten, Mon. - Thurs. a.m.: Sept. 1
Jr. Kindergarten for 3-year-olds: Sept. 14
Jr. Kindergarten for 4-year-olds: Sept. 15
Bezanson School Tues. / Thurs: 
Sept. 1: Staggered entry for A through M surnames.
Sept. 3: Staggered entry for N through Z surnames. 
Sept. 8: Official start date - all students attend. 
Bonanza School Kindergarten: Sept. 8
Junior Kindergarten: Oct. 5
Clairmont Community School Mon. / Wed.: Sept. 4
Tues. / Thurs.: Sept. 3
Eaglesham School Tues. / Thurs.: 
Sept. 3: A two-hour orientation event.
Sept. 8: Official start date.
Elmworth School Sept. 1
Harry Balfour School Tues. / Thurs.: Staggered entry Sept. 8 and 10
Hythe Regional School Kindergarten Orientation: Sept. 1 and 3 (by appointment)
Kindergarten starts: Sept. 8
LaGlace School Tues. / Thurs.: Sept. 1
Penson School Tues. / Thurs.: Sept. 1 and 3
Ridgevalley School Staggered entry on Sept. 2 and 4 
Robert W. Zahara Public School Mon. / Wed.: Sept. 2 and 4
Tues. / Thurs.: Sept. 1 and 3
Rycroft School Full-day Kindergarten, Tues. / Thurs. / school Fridays: Sept. 8
Junior Kindergarten, Mon. / Wed., 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Sept. 9 
Savanna School

Junior Kindergarten: Sept. 4
Kindergarten: Sept. 1

Spirit River Regional Academy Sept. 10
Teepee Creek School Kindergarten, Tues. / Thurs.: Sept. 3
Junior Kindergarten, Tues. / Thurs. a.m. only: Sept. 10
Wembley Elementary School Mon. / Wed.: Sept. 2
Tues. / Thurs.: Sept. 1
Whispering Ridge Community School Small group entry dates:
Mon. / Wed.: Sept. 2, 4, 7 and 9
Tues. / Thurs.: Sept. 1, 3, 8 and 10
Woking School  Sept. 1


Transportation information

Bus route notifications by email: 
Be the first to know about late or cancelled buses. Each school year, families should sign up for email notifications on the status of individual or multiple bus routes at

Update your daytime contact information:
Near the end of August, school bus drivers contact families to share pick-up times for the upcoming year. Please provide current daytime telephone numbers to the PWPSD Transportation Office at (780) 532-7734 and your school office.

School zones in effect as of Tuesday, September 1, 2020:
Drivers should exercise caution and adhere to posted speed limits. It is illegal to pass a school bus in rural areas when red lights are flashing. In September, trained PWPSD busing representatives conduct free safety presentations at participating schools, including a safety talk and video, followed by safety drills. 

Online resources: 
Visit to access school boundary maps, our inclement weather policy, and more. Complete the Short Term Rider form for joint custody scenarios, or to arrange for your child to use an existing bus stop to access before/after school care. 

New information for the 2020-21 school year: 

  • Grade 4 to 12 students and staff must wear masks where physical distancing cannot be maintained, including on school buses.
  • Using the Short-Term Rider Form to arrange short-term changes in transportation, such as going home with a friend on another bus, will not be permitted. 
  • Students with symptoms of COVID-19 may not attend school or ride the bus.
  • Buses will be equipped with sanitizer for students to use when boarding the bus.
  • Buses will be cleaned at the end of the route. A seating plan will assist with contact tracing if a student contracts COVID-19. Siblings will be seated together.
  • Field trips requiring transportation are postponed.
  • Students will unload from the front of the bus to the back.
  • Parents may opt to drive their child to reduce numbers. 


How do I register my child for school?

Online registration for new students:

If your child is new to Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD), or new to the school in which you are registering, click the New Student Registration link found at to register them in the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Schools provide computer access to those who do not have Internet service (see August office reopening hours in the chart above).

Returning Student Update Form - available after September 4 using a Snap Code:

If your child is returning to the school they attended in June, or transferring from a PWPSD feeder school, you do not need to complete the online registration form. Families of returning students will be emailed a Snap Code on September 4 which will provide access to complete the Returning Student Update Form, to verify/update demographic information currently on file, such as home address, phone number and emergency contacts.


Follow your school on Facebook

Keep up-to-date with news and events from your school. To follow the school Facebook pages listed below, you will first need to log in on your personal Facebook account.


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