May 5, 2021
Yesterday evening the Alberta government announced:
Given the significant impacts of COVID-19 in communities around Alberta, we announced today that all Kindergarten to Grade 12 students across the province will now temporarily shift to at-home learning beginning May 7, with a return to in-school learning on May 25.
This decision is part of a province-wide approach to limit the spread of COVID-19, as well as to relieve some operational strains our system has experienced. As you know, schools in Alberta have been experiencing a shortage of substitute teachers, rising numbers of students and staff in quarantine or isolation, and increased community spread – which is reflected in the increasing number of cases in schools.
This will allow for a reset within the school system, which will allow us to return to in-class learning and have a strong finish to the school year.
Over the next couple of days, our schools will be preparing for the shift to at-home learning. We have been informed that Alberta Education will share provincial expectations with us which will be communicated with all of you. Your student's teacher and school will provide more details on learning expectations as soon as possible.
We know this pivot to at-home learning will once again be at time of challenge for our students, families and staff. We have learned some things from our previous shifts to at-home learning, have become more refined in our processes, and know that the creative and innovative collective efforts will get us through this time, too. Over the next few days, reach out to each other and offer support, reassure your students that we will be there for them, and they can do this.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding!