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COVID-19 updates

February 8 update

Effective February 8, home education students can participate in sports and extra-curricular activities in facilities where access is limited to students and parents from home education co-ops or supportive group learning environments outside of homes.

Home education or course-based activities (cohort)

Physical education or performance arts programs may take place in off-site facilities if students remain in their cohort and all health protocols are followed.

Non-home education or course-based activities (including athletics)

Extra-curricular activities where students mix with other students who are not part of their regular cohort have the following restrictions:

  • Maximum 10 individuals, including all coaches, trainers and participants.
  • All participants must maintain physical distancing from each other at all times.
  • Students must wear a mask at all times, except when engaged in the physical activity.
  • Coaches and trainers must wear a mask at all times.
  • There must be limited access to change rooms, including for accelerated arrival and departure, for emergencies and for washroom use.

February 8 home education update – detailed information (PDF, 311 KB).

Learn more about Alberta’s path forward, our 4-step plan to ease restrictions while protecting the health system.

January 25 update

Effective January 25, home education students can participate in learning activities in facilities outside their homes if they follow Guidance for school re-entry – scenario 1.

Learn more about the 2020/21 school year and health measures in schools during COVID-19.

Overview

Home education is a parent-directed approach to educating a student in Grades 1 to 12 at home or elsewhere in which they are responsible for making all education decisions.

Parents choose curriculum resources and methodology consistent with their family’s beliefs and consistent with the Home Education Regulation.

Beginning September 1, 2020, a parent or guardian may choose one of two home education programs:

  • Supervised by school authority (funded): a home education program supervised by a willing public, separate or francophone school board or accredited funded private school. Eligible for funding from Alberta Education.
  • Not supervised by school authority (notification only, non-funded): a home education program not supervised by a school board or accredited funded private school. Not eligible for funding from Alberta Education.

Parents looking to start or refine a home education program should refer to the Home Education Handbook.

The handbook includes information on:

  • planning the child’s education program
  • understanding legal rights and responsibilities
  • following through with a home education plan
  • planning supports and services
  • ending a home education program
  • planning for transitions

Government is revising the Home Education Handbook and will post the updated handbook online when it is available – anticipated in fall 2020.

Home education program supervised by school authority (funded)

Parental responsibilities

Each year, parents have the responsibility to notify their supervising school authority of their intent to home educate their child through the Home Education Notification Form – Supervised by School Authority (PDF, 394 KB).

A parent may start a home education program at any time but should consider looking for a supervising school authority in the spring before the upcoming school year. This timing helps parents explore their options and make a decision that best supports the needs of the student.

Parents choosing home education have the primary responsibility for planning, managing, providing, evaluating and supervising their children’s courses of study. They must develop a home education program that enables the student to achieve appropriate learning outcomes.

School authority responsibilities

When a parent has chosen to provide a home education program with the supervision of a school authority, the supervising school authority that accepts the parents’ home education program is called the associate board or associate private school.

If a parent requests it, the associate board or associate private school must provide assistance and advice to improve student learning.

The associate board or associate private school must also arrange for certificated teachers employed by the associate board or associate private school to conduct at least two formal evaluations of each student each school year.

These evaluations include:

  • a review of the student portfolio
  • recommendations to help students make improvements

Together with the parents, the associate school board or associate private school must ensure that each student meets the parents’ educational outcomes in accordance with the Home Education Regulation.

Funding considerations

In order to receive their portion (50%) of the home education grant, if a parent has chosen to home educate with a supervising school authority, the parent must have notified and been accepted by an associate board or associate private school regarding the home education program by September 30.

Students are not eligible for funding if a home education program is accepted after September 30. This includes situations where a student changes from an online or regular program to home education after September 30.

Submissions for reimbursement and the supervising authorities' approvals must be consistent with the Home Education Regulation. To determine whether a cost or expense is reimbursable, an associate board or associate private school may refer to the Standards for Home Education Reimbursement (PDF, 410 KB).

School authorities are not permitted to provide funding to students or families if the student is enrolled in an online or regular school program.

Home education program not supervised by school authority (notification only, non-funded)

Parental responsibilities

Each year, parents have the responsibility to notify the Minister of Education of their intent to home educate their child. There are two available options including the Home Education Notification Form – Not Supervised by School Authority (PDF, 394 KB) or through an online form in the Provincial Approach to Student Information (PASI) accessible in myPass.

Parents choosing home education have the responsibility for planning, managing, providing, evaluating and supervising their children’s courses of study. They must develop a home education program that enables the student to achieve appropriate learning outcomes, but are not required to submit this program plan to the Minister of Education.

Funding considerations

Parents choosing to home educate their children without the supervision of a school authority are not eligible to receive any Alberta Education funding.

Resources

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