Back to School

Classes resume Thursday, August 29

A dark green chalk background with colourful school objects and text reading Welcome Back to School August 29.

We’re looking forward to welcoming all new and returning students in the 2024-25 school year.

The school office will re-open on Thursday, August 22, 2024 at 9 a.m. 

Important Dates and Times

For a complete list of holidays, school-closure days and important school dates during the 2024-25 school year, refer to:

You can also subscribe to the school calendar to always have the latest important dates right at your fingertips. Simply select the applicable download option from the top of the School Calendar page.

School Fees

Families are invoiced for school fees at the beginning of every school year. Fees are due within 30 days of the invoice date. The simplest, and most convenient, way to pay school fees is by logging in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal. There you can view your fees and pay them online using a MasterCard or Visa credit or debit card.

If circumstances exist where you are unable to pay your fees, you can apply to have fees waived by submitting an Application for a Waiver of Fees. The 2024-25 fee waiver application deadline is Dec. 16, 2024.  

Learn more about school and transportation fees

School Supplies

Purchasing school materials? Before you shop, check your child’s school supply list.

You can also look into the Tools for School program.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten classes will have staggered start dates from August 29 to September 4. The specific schedule will be shared with families. Full-day kindergarten classes begin September 5 or 6, as applicable, based on your child’s kindergarten schedule—Calendar A or B.

Is your child turning five on or before Dec. 31, 2024? If so, there’s still time to register for kindergarten. Simply complete the online registration form.

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  • Determine your child’s designated school.
  • Scan and upload all required documents: proof of name, residence, date of birth and citizenship.
  • Additional documents to scan, if applicable include: Guardian Letter and Parental Custody Agreement if restrictions on access.

Once the online registration is complete and submitted, a confirmation notice is sent to the given email address.

To help families prepare, Elk Island Public Schools has put together an online toolkit to make the transition as smooth as possible. The kit includes information on registration, important dates, programming options, what to expect, eligibility, how to find your designated school, transportation and more.

Learn more

Regular Schedule 

Doors open at 8:25 a.m. and school runs until 3:20 p.m.

Lunch Recess and Lunch runs from 12:02 p.m. to 1:02 p.m.

Students also have a 20 minute recess in the morning and a short break in the afternoon.

**Please note that Wednesday, September 4 will be our first Early Dismissal day. School will end at 2:20 p.m.

Student Transportation

All families using EIPS Student Transportation services for the 2024-25 school year have received a tentative route schedule and the applicable invoice. Transportation fees are now due and can be paid onlineBus passes and updated route information are mailed to families in August.

Haven’t registered for Student Transportation yet? There’s still time. Contact Student Transportation at 780-417-8151.

Little Elk Island Adventure
For all pre-kindergarten and kindergarten first-time bus riders, the Division offers the Little Elk Island Adventure program. It’s an opportunity for new students and their parents to learn about bus safety, the danger zone, how to board the bus and scan their bus pass, how to sit properly on the bus and EIPS’ Code of Conduct.

Sessions will take place in Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan and Vegreville in mid-August.

Learn more and register

Tools for School

Green outline of a backpack beside the text Tools for School

If you’re a parent, or know of a parent, who needs help purchasing school supplies, we can help. EIPS has once again partnered with the United Way for the annual Tools for School campaign. Tools for School in EIPS provides backpacks filled with school supplies to students in kindergarten to Grade 12 whose families have limited resources. When classes resume, the backpacks are respectfully distributed to students who’ve ordered them. 
     Submit an order

The Division is also accepting donations for the campaign. If you have the means to do so, why not pick up a few extra supplies when you’re back-to-school shopping. Donations can be dropped off at EIPS Central Services.

Still have questions about school startup?

Contact EIPS Central Services or visit for more information about back to school.

We look forward to a great year ahead and seeing students back in class this fall!