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At-home learning for K–12 students

Wed, 5 May, 2021

News item: At-home learning for K–12 students

On May 4, 2021, Premier Jason Kenney announced that Kindergarten to Grade 12 students in Alberta will temporarily shift to at-home learning, starting on Friday, May 7. 

We know this sudden decision may pose challenges for some families. School leaders, teachers and staff are working to make the transition as easy as possible for students and their families.

WHAT TO EXPECT 

Under Alberta’s new public health measures, students across the province will return to in-person learning on May 25. Due to a teachers’ day in lieu and a non-operational day, Edmonton Public Schools students will return to in-person classes on Thursday, May 27.

In our Division, Grades 7–12 students have been learning online since April 22.

Students in Grade 712 who are taking in-person classes for Quarter 4 will: 

  • continue with their current online learning routines through Friday, May 21
  • return to in-person learning on Thursday, May 27

Students in Kindergarten–Grade 6 who are taking in-person classes for Quarter 4 will: 

  • receive information from their school about how they will learn at home
  • learn at home from Friday, May 7–Friday, May 21
  • return to in-person learning on Thursday, May 27

For families who selected online learning in Quarter 4, there are no changes.

School offices remain open. Families who require a Chromebook or need to collect student items from their school during the at-home learning period can contact the school to arrange a pick-up time.

STUDENTS IN NEED OF SPECIALIZED SUPPORTS

Some students in need of specialized supports (including Pre-Kindergarten) will be able to continue with in-person learning, as they did when classes moved to at-home learning earlier this year. 

Families can still book appointments for assessments, specialized interventions or other supports with their school. As always, visitors must follow the safety protocols in our Division Re-entry Strategy and follow the province’s mandatory public health measures

MORE INFORMATION

We know this is a difficult transition, but the safety and wellness of students, staff and families is our top priority and we believe this is the right decision to help keep COVID-19 case numbers under control. Read Superintendent Darrel Robertson’s letter to families and reach out to your child’s school if you have questions. 

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