Continuing Student Learning
March 20, 2020 - The Ministry of Education introduced new guidelines for school boards which will be in place to help guide students and teachers in the province when it comes to how students will learn while in-school classes are cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As previously communicated with parents directly via email, Parkland School Division teaching staff is preparing to deliver content remotely as much as possible or plan so there are learning options for all families despite geography or access to internet.
For the entire release from Alberta Education, click here.
Continuity of 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.
Teachers are tasked with identifying which curricular outcomes that have yet to be covered by their students. Then there will be a prioritization to figure out which remaining outcomes are manageable so students can work on them from home. Specific tasks and projects for students will be delivered directly by classroom teachers. How this will be done will vary from school-to-school and will be communicated directly with parents/guardians via email.
Kindergarten - Grade 6
Families should expect content that will focus on literacy and numeracy and teachers will deliver an average of five hours of work per student per week. Classroom teachers will coordinate directly with families to work delivery logistics to find solutions that work best for all learners. (e.g. Internet-based via Google Classroom, printed packages for pick-up at the school or support via telephone, etc.)
Grades 7 - 9
Education content will focus on core mathematics, language/literacy, science and social studies curriculum outcomes. Teachers will assign an average of 10 hours of work per student per week.
Grades 10 - 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 and physics. Teachers will assign an average of 3 hours of work per course per week, and will be expected to work with their students and parents on the delivery of these materials.
Grade Progression and Report Cards
As previously communicated by the government, every student will receive final grades and will receive a report card, appropriate to their grade level. New information released today includes:
- Teachers will be responsible for assessing a student's progress and assigning a final grade.
- All students who were on track to progress to the next grade level will.
- If a student is unable to complete a course that would have allowed them to progress to the next grade level, principals have the ability to award credits to ensure student progression.
- Principals have the ability to award up to 15 credits to students in Grade 12 whose program has been negatively impacted by class cancellations.
- 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.
Resources for Parents
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.
For further information, please contact your school directly.