COVID-19 News Provincial

Edmonton schools move to at-home learning

EDMONTON – Edmonton public and Catholic schools have temporarily moved to at-home learning.

At the request of the school boards, students in Grades 7 to 12 in Edmonton Public Schools and Edmonton Catholic Schools will shift to at-home learning starting on April 22 for two weeks.

“I understand this is difficult news to many students, parents and teachers, as in-classroom learning has significant benefits,” said Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange. “However, due to operational concerns, this temporary shift is necessary to ensure learning can continue.

“The safety of students and staff will continue to be my top priority as we finish the school year. I want to give my sincere gratitude to teachers and administrators for their continued dedication to Alberta’s students throughout the pandemic.

Decisions to approve a school board’s request to shift to at-home learning for operational considerations is based on four criteria:

  • A chronic substitute teacher shortage.
  • A significant number of students and staff in quarantine or isolation.
  • Recent requests from the board for short-term shifts for a number of their schools.
  • Substantial COVID-19 cases in the community.”