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Minimum hours of instruction: Grade 10 to Grade 12

As per the Funding Manual for School Authorities, all schools must provide students with a minimum of 1000 hours of instruction per school year.

Access to instruction means:

  • Alberta certificated teachers are assigned to deliver or supervise the instruction
  • the instruction and evaluation of performance are based on the outcomes in an approved program of studies
  • there are designated times when teachers are available to students
  • students know, prior to enrolling in courses, how and when they will be able to access the instructional expertise of teachers

Definition of instruction: Grade 10 to Grade 12

Instruction is the process in which Alberta certificated teachers take responsibility for ensuring that learning activities for students are directed toward achieving the outcomes of approved programs of study and instructional support plans through:

  • interaction with students, either face-to-face or through technology, for the purpose of teaching and assessing student achievement of outcomes, and/or
  • interaction with students who are engaged in classroom learning, independent study, online education and/or distance education, and/or
  • supervision of student workplace learning

Instructional time: Grade 10 to Grade 12

Instructional time includes time scheduled for purposes of instruction, examinations/testing and other student activities where direct student–teacher interaction and supervision are maintained.

Instructional time does not include:

  • teacher convention days
  • professional development days
  • parent–teacher interview days
  • teacher planning days
  • staff meetings
  • statutory and school authority–declared holidays
  • lunch breaks
  • breaks between classes
  • supervised study halls
  • time taken for the registration of students
  • extracurricular activities
  • graduation/commencement rehearsals and ceremonies