For the 2021–2022 school year, every child and student, regardless of their geographic location or socio-economic status, must be supported in their learning. This includes children and students in public, separate, Francophone, charter and private (independent) schools, including independent ECS programs, and Indigenous students attending provincial schools.

The 2021-2022 School Year Plan for the Early Childhood Services to Grade 12 (ECS to 12) education system is a forward thinking document that will support our students, schools and schools authorities in a time where education is evolving and changing with health guidance playing a role in the education of Albertans.

The 2021-2022 School Year Plan balances the need for provincial direction and standardized approaches in some areas while also providing flexibility and respecting school authority autonomy at the local level.

The global COVID-19 pandemic is an evolving and unprecedented situation that presents society and the education system with many challenges. Continuing learning in fall 2021 requires everyone in the ECS to 12 education system to be nimble in contributing to the success of our children and students.