Overview

Alberta students should continue to learn while in-school classes are cancelled for the 2019-20 school year.

School authorities will offer at-home learning opportunities for all Kindergarten to Grade 12 students online or through accommodations like course packages and telephone check-ins.

Teachers will determine what content to cover based on remaining curricular outcomes and plan tasks that are reasonable to do from home.

Alberta Education is working with school authorities on a re-entry plan for the 2020-21 school year. More details will be shared when available.

Content delivery

Kindergarten to Grade 3

Education content will focus on language/literacy and mathematics/numeracy outcomes of provincial curriculum.

Teachers will assign an average of 5 hours of work per student per week and must work with students and parents to deliver these materials.

Grades 4 to 6

Education content will continue to focus on language/literacy and mathematics/numeracy outcomes. There will also be opportunities to incorporate science and social studies outcomes through cross-curricular learning.

Teachers will assign an average of 5 hours of work per student per week and must work with students and parents to deliver these materials.

Grades 7 to 9

Education content will focus on core curriculum outcomes of:

  • mathematics
  • language/literacy
  • science
  • social studies

Teachers will assign an average of 10 hours of work per student per week and must work with students and parents to deliver these materials.

Grades 10 to 12

Education content will focus on specified and core courses required for high school graduation requirements, including:

  • language (English, Français and French Language Arts)
  • social studies
  • mathematics
  • sciences (biology, chemistry, physics and science)

Teachers will deliver content from other courses where possible.

Teachers will assign an average of 3 hours of work per course per week and must work with students and parents to deliver these materials.

Grade progression and report cards

Each student will get final grades and a report card appropriate to their grade level. Teachers will assess a student’s progress and assign a final grade.

School authorities will consult with parents and inform them how assessment will be determined in this unique circumstance. All students who were on track to progress to the next grade will do so.

Where possible, schools will work with high school students to complete their courses to the best of their ability, providing a final mark and awarding credits.

Principals can award credits for students to progress to the next grade level if a student is unable to complete a course that would have allowed them to progress.

High school diploma criteria

Students on track for 100 or more credits are still eligible to graduate and get a high school diploma. Principals can award up to 15 credits to students in Grade 12 if who were negatively impacted by class cancellations.

Schools will work with students to complete courses underway. They will provide a final mark and award credits.

If a student is unable to complete a course that would have led them to achieve a high school diploma, such as a work experience or a career and technology studies course, principals can award credits to ensure the student graduates.

Provincial assessments

All Grade 6 and 9 provincial achievement tests and grade 12 diploma exams are cancelled through to the end of June.

We will reimburse students who paid for their April or June diploma exam.

Under special circumstances, students can request to write a diploma exam. Students should speak to their teacher and school administrator if they want to write an exam.

Students with special circumstances

These include:

  • home schooled students
  • adult students (students with mature status)
  • students with other extenuating circumstances

To arrange to write an exam:

  • home schooled students should contact their school authority
  • adult students should email a request to us at exam.admin@gov.ab.ca
  • students with other extenuating circumstances should contact their principal or school authority

We will work with school authorities and students to find a safe location to write an exam and provide a proctor (a teacher who can supervise the exam).

Diploma exam rewrites

We encourage students in this situation to work with their school authority to explore opportunities for improving their school-awarded mark.

Parent resources

Parents may want to supplement student learning by providing their children with additional resources. The following provincial resources are available to parents:

Many Alberta school authorities also have a variety of resources available to support parents and students in learning at home. Some examples include:

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta is supporting 2 new education programs:

  • The SPIRIT of Victory public speaking contest offered through the History and Heroes foundation. The contest will accept videotaped submissions until May 8.
  • The Lieutenant Governor’s Alberta History Quiz Show. These videotaped quiz shows are designed for grades 3 to 6.

Temporary funding adjustments (K to 12)

Adjustments

While funding for teachers and most other aspects of the K to 12 system is being maintained, some services not being utilized in an at-home learning environment, such as substitute teachers, bus drivers and some types of educational assistants, are being temporarily reduced while in-person classes remain cancelled.

School authorities will have the flexibility to determine how they will meet these temporary adjustments based on their own unique needs.

The approximately $130 million in savings achieved through these temporary adjustments will support the province’s overall response to COVID-19, such as to front-line costs in the health care system.

Regular funding will resume when schools are back in operations.

Special needs grants

The province has not made any adjustments to special needs grants like Program Unit Funding – commonly known as PUF.

School authorities will continue to serve special needs students to the best of their abilities given the limitations in place to protect people’s health.

Early childhood services operators and schools are looking at ways to best deliver services given the at-home learning environment.

Teachers and other staff – such as speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, mental health workers, family school liaison workers and physiotherapists – will continue to provide specialized supports and services, in consultation with families.