News & Announcements

World Teachers’ Day 2020.10.05

World Teachers' Day is Monday, October 5, 2020 – an opportunity to express our awareness, understanding and appreciation for the vital contribution teachers make to education and development.

3D Children’s Charity named Friends of Education, PWPSD teacher Nicole Cooper wins Zone 1 Edwin Parr Teacher Award

Grande Prairie, AB – Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) joined with Grande Prairie Public School Division (GPPSD) and Grande Prairie Catholic School Division (GPCSD) in a joint Friends of Education Award presentation to the 3D Children's Charity during a special luncheon yesterday, part of the annual Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) Zone 1 meeting held at the Peace River School Division office. Edwin Parr Teacher Award Zone 1 nominees are also honoured at the event for their outstanding first year of teaching, including PWPSD nominee Nicole Cooper of Sexsmith Secondary School who was also named the overall winner for Zone 1.

Orange Shirt Day at PWPSD schools: Every Child Matters

Remembering, honouring, educating, advocating: PWPSD students will reflect on the legacy of residential schools during Orange Shirt Day (OSD) events, the majority of which will align with the official observance on Wednesday, September 30. In keeping with the current public health measures, school events will not be open to the public.

Terry Fox School Run events

PWPSD schools will honour the 40th anniversary of the Terry Fox Run through online fundraising campaigns and school run events, beginning Wednesday, September 23. In keeping with the current guidance to reduce attendees at outdoor events, and to protect the health and safety of students and staff, school run events will not be open to community participants and volunteers. Local media may take photos at a distance. A follow-up report on the total funds raised will be released in October.

PWPSD Good News Report – September 2020

The following Good News Report from Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWPSD) and its schools will be shared at the upcoming Board meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

COVID-19 case identified in an individual from Whispering Ridge Community School

Grande Prairie – On Saturday, September 12, 2020, administration at Peace Wapiti Public School Division was advised by Alberta Health Services (AHS) that a case of COVID-19 had been diagnosed in an individual from Whispering Ridge Community School (WRCS). The following letter (also attached as a PDF) was emailed to all WRCS families.

Sept. 8, 2020: Letter to parents from the Chief Medical Officer of Health

With students having returned to classes, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw has written a letter to parents about adjusting to the new school year in a COVID-19 environment. The letter also provides information about the health guidance and dealing with COVID-19 cases at school.

The letter is posted in multiple languages on

The English version of the letter is included below and is attached as a PDF.
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