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New Shift to Online Learning

May 4, 2021 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Government of Alberta announced today that all schools in Alberta, including Edmonton Catholic Schools, will move to online learning starting on Friday, May 7. At this time, in-person classes are expected to resume on Tuesday, May 25. The decision is in response to a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, the increasing risks posed to Albertans by COVID-19 variants, and the spike in hospital and ICU admissions.  

The shift to online is a change for our Kindergarten to Grade 6 students. For junior and senior high students, this is an extension of remote learning already in place. 

For those children in Community Schools:
Please contact your child’s school to discuss programming needs and whether supports and services can be provided online or if in-person learning support is necessary.  This in-person experience can include a portion of the day that has been scheduled or extend for the full day as needed.  The intent wherever possible is to minimize the number of people in our schools.

For those children in Inclusive Education Division Programs:
If your child is currently attending an Inclusive Education Program such as 100 Voices, Generations, CFDL – St Gabriel (PBS, Personal Pathways, GIST), these programs will continue to provide in-person learning to all students in the program.  However, students do have the option to move to online learning (Google Classroom and  support from staff through Teams as available) during this time.  Please contact your child’s school if you would prefer to have your child move to online learning or if you require further information.

The following information is important as we pivot to online learning:  

  • Learning expectations will be the same as they were when students moved online after the winter break.  
  • School schedules and hours will remain the same during online learning. 
  • Teachers will work with their students to bridge the transition from in-person to online synchronous learning. 
  • Each student will need their own device for online learning. Our schools will endeavour to support families with their technology needs as best as they can. Please let your child’s teacher know immediately if technology access is a problem. 
  • All schools continue to remain open, with COVID-19 access restrictions still in place. Administration can be contacted to schedule appointments or for further information. Online meetings or phone calls remain the recommended method of contact. 
  • Inclusive supports remain in place for students. 
  • Students with disabilities at all grade levels can continue to access services in school. The families will be contacted by their school principal to determine if their classes will be moved online or if they will continue in-person. 

We understand that today’s announcement may be difficult for students and families. As we implement this shift to online learning, we are committed to maintaining a strong and consistent learning environment for all our students. Emotional changes are expected as everyone adjusts to changes in daily routines. If your child shows signs of emotional distress, try focusing on routines and reassurance. For services and strategies to support your child's mental health and emotional well-being, we have a list of resources available on our website.  

Thank you for your support as we work to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in our community. Together, we will overcome and with God’s grace, we look forward to being in community to celebrate the end of the school year.  

Yours in Christ,  
Robert Martin
Chief Superintendent

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