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Online learning for Grade 7 to 12 students

Tue, 20 Apr, 2021

News item: Online learning for Grade 7 to 12 students

On April 20, Alberta Education approved a request from Edmonton Public Schools to shift junior high and high school students to online learning. 

With increasing COVID-19 case numbers in our schools, the number of students and staff who are in quarantine or isolation continues to rise. This is a difficult decision to make, but the safety and wellness of students, staff and families is our top priority. 

UPDATE: The province announced new health measures on April 29. Online learning has been extended for students in Grades 7 to 12


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

  • move to online learning from Thursday, April 22 to Wednesday, May 5
  • return to in-person learning on Thursday, May 6

We believe the timing is right to make this shift for Grades 7–12 students. This two-week period of online learning prevents students from joining new cohorts when Quarter 4 begins on April 22. 

Students can expect learning routines will remain the same and their classroom teachers will support them online, like when we shifted students to online learning in December.

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


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 online in December. 

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


We know this sudden decision may pose a challenge for some families. If you have questions, you can review Superintendent Darrel Robertson’s letter to families and reach out to your child’s school. 

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