French-language content for this topic on Alberta.ca is currently being developed. Information will remain available on the Alberta Education website until this is complete.

La page correspondante en français est en cours de préparation sur le site Web Alberta.ca. Pendant cette période de transition, l'information qu'elle contient demeure disponible sur le site Web du ministère de l'Éducation.

Emergency planning

The following acts, regulations and codes outline the lawful obligations for emergency planning in Alberta.

  • Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulations, and Code
    • An employer’s obligation to prepare emergency plans for employees in their workplaces.
  • Safety Codes Act
    • A building owner’s responsibilities for emergency planning.
  • Alberta Fire Code
    • A building owner or manager’s responsibilities for the building fire safety systems and emergency plans and for fire related incidents.
    • Schools are required to conduct six fire evacuation drills per year, with three in the fall term and three in the winter/spring term. Schools must keep records of these drills.
  • Alberta Occupiers' Liability Act
    • A facility occupier's (tenant’s) responsibilities for protection of lawful visitors.

Additional Policies, Procedures and Protocols

In addition to the legal requirements related to emergency planning, schools and school authorities must have policies and procedures in place related to safety for outdoor education and field trips, as well as a heath protocol.

Seasonal influenza (flu)

Seasonal influenza, commonly called the flu, is a respiratory disease that affects the nose, throat and lungs. It is caused by a virus that is easily passed from person to person.

Flu Resources for Schools

Cover Your Cough poster (PDF, 27 KB)

Letter to Superintendents re: reporting absenteeism greater than 10% (PDF, 70 KB)

More information

Alberta Health Influenza information

Alberta Health Services

Public Health Agency of Canada

Pandemic planning

Pandemic influenza occurs when an influenza virus strain changes into one that most humans have little or no immunity to and is able to spread rapidly from person to person, leading to a worldwide outbreak.

Effective planning to minimize the likelihood of an influenza outbreak is the first line of defence.

The Pandemic Planning Guide

Alberta Education developed a Pandemic Planning Guide for Alberta School Authorities (PDF, 617 KB) to assist school boards in preparing for a pandemic influenza outbreak. The Guide contains planning tools and sample documents that can be used or adapted to meet the needs of your individual schools.

For more information, contact Clint Vair, Business Continuity Officer, by email at clint.vair@gov.ab.ca or by phone at 780-427-9865 (For toll-free access in Alberta, dial 310-0000 first.)

More information

Alberta Health Pandemic Info

Alberta Health Services

Public Health Agency of Canada

Allergies and anaphylaxis

The following resources are listed as a service only and have not been reviewed or authorized by Alberta Education. Users are responsible for evaluating and selecting the resources that best meet the needs of staff and students in their jurisdiction.

Food Allergy Canada (formerly Anaphylaxis Canada) Allergy/Asthma Information Association

Allergy Information for Classroom Teachers

iCAN (Community Pediatric Asthma Service)

Allergic living

No Child Without - Canadian Medic Alert


Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

AEDs automate the diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening cardiac issues. AEDs are marked by a universal symbol of a heart with a lightning bolt.

These devices are not mandatory, but many schools and community centres in Alberta have installed AEDs.

Poster: Locate your AED (PDF, 378 KB)

Additional resources

Alberta Education, Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services work closely together to provide timely and accurate information to ensure the health and safety of all students and staff.

First Nations and Inuit Health Branch

Occupational Health and Safety School Kit and appendices

Alberta Health Services

Alberta Health

Health Canada

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