Edmonton Catholic Schools to offer online learning through 2021-22 school year

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to say online learning is available for all grades, not just K-9.

The Edmonton Catholic School Division will continue to offer online learning to students through next year.

On Monday, Edmonton Catholic Schools said it will offer online programming for the 2021-22 school year.

“We believe in-person learning is the best environment for our students,” chief superintendent Robert Martin said in a news release Monday.

“Growing together in community is at the heart of Catholic education. However, the pandemic has revealed that some students are more comfortable in an online learning environment.

“We have met the challenge before us this school year and have built an excellent online program that will support our students’ learning experience now and into the future.”

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Online instruction will be offered to all students from Kindergarten to Grade 12, including French Immersion in Grades 4 to 9.

Families are asked to indicate whether students will attend school in person for the upcoming school year, or learn online by March 22.

Edmonton Catholic said that isn’t a hard deadline, but rather will help it plan budgets and staffing needs for the next school year.

“It is imperative we start planning and preparing for the new school year, but we will remain responsive to the direction and guidance of Alberta Education and Alberta Health Services,” Cusack said.

The division said schools will not know if they can deliver online instruction until they know how many students intend to go that route.

Parent and guardians will be able to make a final decision on their child’s schooling before the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. The exact date for that has not yet been determined.

Edmonton Catholic Schools will also offer a pre-kindergarten through a blended approach at designated 100 Voices sites.

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