Continuing Student Learning
Education Continuity Plan
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Continuing Student Learning
The Ministry of Education has new guidelines in place to direct how students will learn while in-school classes are cancelled due to the provincial health emergency.
Continuity of Student Learning and Content Delivery
For all kindergarten to Grade 12 students, school authorities will offer
at-home learning opportunities, either through online means or through other accommodations, such as course packages and telephone check-ins.
Government expects that every student, regardless of their geographic location or socioeconomic status, will continue to learn while in-school classes across the province are cancelled. This includes students in public, separate, Francophone, charter and independent schools, and Indigenous students attending provincial schools.
To identify what content needs to be delivered, teachers will evaluate curricular outcomes that have not yet been covered, prioritize remaining outcomes based on what is manageable for students working from home, and will plan specific tasks and projects for students.
Grade progression and report cards
Every student will receive final grades and will receive a report card, appropriate to their grade level. Teachers will be responsible for assessing a student’s progress and assigning a final grade. School authorities have committed to ensuring parents are consulted and kept informed of how assessment will be determined in this unique circumstance. All students who were on track to progress to the next grade will.
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. If a student is unable to complete a course that would have allowed them to progress to the next grade, principals have the ability to award credits to ensure student progression.
High school diploma criteria
Students on track to receive 100 or more credits will still be eligible to graduate and receive a high school diploma. Principals have the ability to award up to 15 credits to students in Grade 12 whose program has been negatively impacted by class cancellations. For any courses that are started, schools will complete them with the student to the best of their ability, provide a final mark and award credits.
If the student is unable to complete a course that would have led them to achieving a high school diploma, such as a work experience or a career and technology studies course, principals have the ability to award credits to ensure the student graduates.
All Grade 6 and 9 provincial achievement tests and Grade 12 diploma exams are cancelled. Under special circumstances, students can request to write a diploma exam. Students wishing to do so should speak to their teacher and school administrator.
Funding continues to flow to school authorities for the remainder of the 2019/20 school year. This will help school authorities deliver at-home learning to their students.
ASCA has created a webpage where education resources for parents will be posted, and updated regularly.
Parents may want to supplement student learning by providing their children with additional resources. The following provincial resources are available to parents:
LearnAlberta.ca: more than 4,000 digital resources aligned with Alberta's K-12 curriculum.
My Child's Learning: A Parent Resource: provides parents with information specific to each grade level.
Many Alberta school authorities have a variety of resources available to support parents and students in learning at home.
This is a link to a sample of what is available.