Edmonton schools move Grade 7-12 students online as COVID-19 cases rise

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said there are COVID-19 outbreaks at 567 schools across Alberta


Edmonton public and Catholic schools are shifting junior high and high school students online for the next two weeks.

Starting on Thursday, April 22, in-person students in Grades 7 to 12 will move to online learning for at least two weeks. At this time, in-person classes are set to resume on Thursday, May 6


For parents of students in Grades 7 to 12, the following additional information is important:

• Teachers will work with their students to bridge the transition from in-person to online synchronous learning. Learning expectations will be the same as they were when students moved online before and after the winter break.

• 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.

• School schedules and hours will remain the same during online learning. Teachers will ensure that students know how to connect for online learning and are ready to learn on Thursday, April 22.

• For high school students learning through Alternative Education (Fresh Start, PASS, AERC, etc.), parents/guardians will receive additional information from their child’s teachers regarding methods of pickup and submission of learning resources.

• 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.

• The families of students in specialized classes or who require specialized supports will be contacted by their school principal to determine if their classes will be moved online or if they will continue in-person.


Calgary and Fort McMurray school districts have already shifted junior high and high school students to online learning. 

Edmonton Public Schools and Edmonton Catholic Schools made a joint request to the province and announced the move Tuesday afternoon. 

Teacher shortages were a factor in the decision for both school districts.

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