Learning from Home

Our division is currently following the Alberta Education guidelines in regards to distance learning. We continue to use the provincial Program of Studies to guide our teaching and have identified the essential learning outcomes that will be the most beneficial for student success moving forward. Students are receiving and are expected to complete work assigned by their teachers.

Supporting Students with Digital Learning

Ongoing communication between schools and homes will help to set the expectations for digital learning. Working in a team with teachers is essential to the success of all students. We recognize that the move to this platform presented families with new challenges. As teachers plan learning activities, they are considering what is reasonable and manageable. Concerns about how students will be prepared for the next grade are valid. When traditional classrooms resume, teachers will determine where students are in their learning. Where necessary, they are prepared to re-teach important content to ensure students have the foundation to be successful. 

We encourage you to stay in touch with your child(ren)’s teacher(s). We look forward to the time that Alberta's mandate of social distancing practices are able to relax and we can allow students to safely return to school. Until that time, we thank you for your help in ensuring that education continues outside our buildings and in your homes.

Student Learning

Alberta Education has implemented guidelines to help with continuing student learning. Please note that faith is infused into all subjects.

Here is the breakdown of delivery by Grade:

Kindergarten to Grade 3

  • Education content will focus on the language/literacy and mathematics/numeracy outcomes of the provincial curriculum.
  • Teachers will assign an average of five 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 five 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 the core curriculum outcomes of:
    • Mathematics
    • Language/literacy
    • Science
    • Social Studies
  • Teachers will assign an average of 10 hours (in total) 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, French and French Language Arts)
    • Social Studies
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
  • Teachers will deliver content from other courses where possible.
  • Teachers will assign an average of three hours of work per course per week and must work with students and parents to deliver these materials.
  • Learn more at www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-high-school-students-fact-sheet.pdf

Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exams

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 school administrator. See Alberta Education's website for more information.

Connection and Curriculum

As we enter the final months of the school year, we want to keep families informed of what to expect for assessment and grades while we continue to support students learning at a distance. 

Recognizing that our families are facing many different challenges during these unprecedented times, our division's priority is to maintain strong relationships between students and their families and our school communities. We know that learning can only happen when essential needs are taken care of. It is our hope that when our students feel connected, they will engage in the continuous learning opportunities that teachers are providing for them.

The essential learning outcomes are the driving force behind all digital lessons being assigned to students. By emphasizing the big ideas that students will need to attain in order to be successful in moving forward to the next grade level or course, we hope to minimize the potential gaps in knowledge that may occur. 

Assessment and Reporting

Although Alberta Education has cancelled all provincial assessments (i.e., Grades 6 and 9 Provincial Achievement Tests and Diploma Exams), our teachers will continue with ongoing assessment resulting in a final, year-end grade. Throughout this process, students will continue to receive regular feedback to guide their learning. 

Just as they would in a traditional classroom, students will be offered multiple opportunities to improve their learning and grades. In June, all students will be provided with a final report card that reflects these learning opportunities and is based on the evidence of student learning collected by the teacher both before and after March 16, 2020. 

For Middle School students, it is important to note that there has been an adjustment to the term weighting due to our current realities. The reduction of weighting for Term 3 takes into account the external factors affecting student learning and teacher instruction. At the beginning of the year, teaching-at-a-distance was never in the plans for any of us: students, parents or teachers. While some are succeeding in this new learning environment, others are struggling. If students experiencing difficulty were in a traditional classroom, a myriad of supports would be implemented to help them - supports less easily accessible in the online classroom. This is the primary reason for the weighting changes. We are dealing with factors that are beyond our control and we want to avoid allowing those factors to inhibit our ability to properly assess students' understanding of the curriculum. 

Revised Middle School Weightings:  

    • Term 1 - 40%
    • Term 2 - 40%
    • Term 3 - 20%

Every student will receive final grades and will receive a report card, appropriate to their grade level. 

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, we are committed to complete them with the student, to the best of their ability, and 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 work experience, dual-credit, or a career and technology studies course, principals have the ability to award credits to ensure the student graduates.