"I'm pleased that students can expect a return to a normal school year, we have a detailed plan for the next school year that includes contingency scenarios for continuing student learning in case there is a significant change in the COVID-19 situation"
K-12 schools across Alberta will re-open for in-class learning, this September.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says his government has studied protocols in a number of provinces and countries in how to safely bring students and teachers back into the classroom. Kenney says the protocols may be adjusted as needed, once classes resume.
It was back on March 15th, the province announced the closure of schools to lessen the spread of COVID19. Close to 750 thousand students were impacted by that decision.
Since a normal school year is expected in the fall, Alberta Education says formal examinations, which were cancelled due to the pandemic, will resume. Those include Grade 12 diploma exams, Grade 6 and 9 provincial achievement tests (PATs) and Grade 3 student learning assessments.
"Diploma exams will be offered in every diploma course subject in January and June and in select diploma course subject areas in April, June and August," the report says.
Participation in PATs is mandatory except in the schools that are piloting the new draft K-6 curriculum.
Alberta Education, in conjunction with Alberta Health, will release further details about the upcoming school year later in the summer.