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We care about our students, and we’re here to help your child feel ready and confident for the 2020-21 school year. Here’s how we plan to support your family as you embark on learning from home.

ONLINE LEARNING FORMAT

Under our strategy for school re-entry, the school year will be divided into four instructional quarters.

Online students will be part of a learning group with an assigned online teacher. Every day, they will interact with their teacher and classmates in a structured learning environment. The opportunity to build connections can help students feel more supported and comfortable in adapting to online learning.

This format will include live online teacher instruction as well as directed activities and assignments that students will complete independently. Teachers will be responsible for organizing students’ schedules and monitoring their progress.

TYPEWHAT HAPPENS

Live online teacher instruction
(synchronous learning)

  • Learning happens at a specific time of day
  • Students and teachers interact using virtual platforms such as Google Meet, Google Classroom and other secure Division applications
  • Students in Grades 1-12 have access to individual or small group instruction (scheduled meetings) where teachers monitor progress, complete assessments and provide feedback
Independent learning (asynchronous learning)
  • Teacher assigns activities and students complete them throughout the day
  • Activities may include watching videos, writing on message boards or writing emails
  • Activity length depends on grade level

CURRICULUM

Online instruction will cover all the required areas of the provincial curriculum. Teachers will:

  • focus on core subjects with a reduced focus on complementary courses
  • provide engaging, curriculum-based lessons that require students to actively participate
  • follow provincial learning outcomes—statements about knowledge or skills that Alberta Education requires them to teach

Some outcomes relate to key concepts and big ideas that teachers want students to understand and remember long after they have forgotten the details. Specific learning outcomes can be grouped together in meaningful ways.

Alberta students have been participating in online learning for decades, and online learning is not new at Edmonton Public Schools. Review Alberta Education’s online learning student and family guide for more information.

FRENCH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

In the 2020-21 school year, French as a Second Language (FSL) will not be available for Grades 4 to 9 students who are learning online. Grades 4 to 9 online students will resume FSL instruction when they return to in-person learning, and teachers will adapt programming to meet their needs.

ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS 

We cannot guarantee that all alternative programming options will be available online. Families with children registered in an alternative program will continue to receive information from their school about the program. Online students will also be welcome to participate in any special events related to their program.

CLASSMATES AND TEACHER

Your child’s online teacher may not be a staff member at the school where your child is enrolled. Students in an online learning group will often be from more than one Division school, although they remain enrolled in the school where they registered for 2020–21. Students and families will continue to receive information from their school.

SCHEDULING

Teachers across the Division are following a common schedule to cover the curriculum, quarterly. This will support families who decide to move between online and in-person learning at quarter transitions.

ASSESSMENTS AND TESTS

Teachers will assess assignments and tests, monitor progress and determine how learning is progressing throughout the year. This information will be used to determine a final grade. Families can expect to receive an update on learning at each quarter.

Online students in Grades 6 and 9 will not be taking the Provincial Achievement Tests for the 2020-21 school year. We’ve heard from many of our families and schools that writing tests like this is adding pressure and anxiety. By opting out, we hope to alleviate some of the stress students are experiencing as a result of COVID-19. If you have any questions, contact your principal. 

Online students in Grade 12 will take 30-level course exams, which may include diploma exams, at the end of each quarter. 

For November 2020, students can decide whether or not to write diploma exams. This will help reduce some of the challenges students are facing as a result of COVID-19. Students are encouraged to talk to their family and teachers, and review more information from Alberta Education

For Quarter 1, families can let us know if their child will be opting in or opting out of writing the diploma exam. You can indicate your choice through a form on SchoolZone. This will provide schools with an estimate of how many students are writing in Quarter 1, allowing them to organize writing space that follows COVID-19 protocols.

HOW TO ACCESS ONLINE LEARNING

STEP 1: Make sure you have your child’s SchoolZone sign-in information. If you don’t have them, contact your school. 

STEP 2: On the first day of online learning, sign-in to Google Classroom using your child’s @share.epsb.ca account. You can also access Google Classroom from the Apps tab in your child’s SchoolZone account.

STEP 3: Click the blue Join button to connect to their online learning group.

SAMPLE ONLINE LEARNING SCHEDULES

Each sample online learning schedule shows the minimum daily requirements for student learning. 

HELP AT HOME

Learning at home is a new experience for many families, and you don’t have to do it alone. We have resources to help make the move to online learning a smooth one.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

EDMONTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS TIPS AND RESOURCES

  • Visit our Resource Hub for learning resources designed for teachers, parents and students.
  • Review the Literacy and Numeracy resources for parents of elementary, junior and senior high students.
  • Sign in to SchoolZone and choose the resources tab to find videos and activities you can do with your children.

PROVINCIAL RESOURCES