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Online Learning

2021-2022 school year

Our online schooling option will be coordinated and run through three schools within the division this year.

To register or for more information, please contact the schools directly:

Elementary (K-6):
Kinosayo Elementary School
Brian Samuel, principal

Jr. High (7-9):
William D. Cuts Junior High School
Cory Albrecht, principal

High school (10-12):
Outreach High School
Denise Belley, principal

The registration deadline for K-9 online programming is Wednesday, August 25. Any registration requests received after the 25th will only be accommodated if there is room in the requested class to accommodate an additional registration.

Things to know:

  • Parents/students will be asked to make a commitment for the entire school year. There will be no entry/exit points as there were in 2020-21. Any requests to move from online to in-person (mid-year) will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please do not assume that students will be able to return in-person to their home school during the year. 
  • We are offering English stream only, not French Immersion
  • Depending on the number of registrations, in most cases, children will be assigned to a multi-grade cohort
  • Not all specialty/advanced/alternative courses/programs will be offered
  • There will be opportunities for in-person connection such as participation in extracurricular activities and field trips

Online learning is different from home schooling. To learn more about home schooling, please click here

Our staff across the division care deeply about students, and are committed to ensuring they continue to have access to high quality learning environments. If you choose to keep your child home, know that students will receive a high-quality education online.

Please note: parent/guardian support is required for successful online learning and will depend on the age of the student and their individual ability to work independently. An online school approach relies on the parents/guardians to ensure the child is engaging with the learning and completing assignments. Parents/guardians should consider the learning nature of their child, their level of independence as learners, and the availability of parents/guardians to provide support when accessing this approach to instruction.

What is online learning?

Online learning offers a structured learning environment in which students engage with their teachers. Students will be part of a learning group with an assigned online teacher. This learning format will include real-time online teacher instruction as well as directed activities and assignments that students complete independently.

  • Students in an online learning group will often be from more than one division school.
  • Online instruction will cover all the required areas of the provincial curriculum. Teaching will focus primarily on the core subject areas: English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.
  • The real-time online teaching is known as synchronous learning - learning that happens at a specific time of the day when students and the teacher interact with each other. It’s similar to in-class instruction, but uses the virtual platform, Google Meet.
  • Other learning activities that students complete independently are known as asynchronous learning - activities assigned by the teacher that students complete throughout the day, in addition to teacher instruction. This may include learning through pre-recorded videos, practicing learned skills, engaging in activities, tasks or projects, and assessments.
Online learning is:   Online learning is not: 
Student-centred, flexible and engaging Easier or less work
Supported by a parent/caregiver Home schooling
Taught by a certified teacher Taught by a parent or guardian 
Organized to each Alberta's approved curriculum                           Correspondence booklets 
Possibly supported by an educational assistant  

What to expect

Students who choose to participate in online learning will take part in daily online classes and learning activities. The length of these activities will depend on the child's grade. Students need to be available to connect with their teacher every day. They will also be expected to complete asynchronous learning activities during the times they are not engaged with the teacher. 

  • Online courses will be delivered using Google Meet, Google Classroom and other secure applications.
  • Teachers will provide engaging, curriculum-based lessons that require students to actively participate.
  • Teachers will assess assignments and progress to support students and determine a final grade.
  • Students will have access to individual or small-group instruction - scheduled meetings between the teacher and small groups of students to check in on progress, complete assessments and provide feedback to students.
  • Teaching will follow provincial learning outcomes - statements about knowledge or skills that Alberta Education requires us to teach.

Supports for students with special education needs

For students with identified learning needs, parents may choose for them to attend in-person classes or register for online learning.

Given the unique nature of each student’s Individual Program Plan, parents must recognize that not all supports are transferable to an online learning environment. This online learning approach will require parental involvement and assistance. Families will need to determine their registration decision based on their child and circumstances.

All students with special education needs who engage in online learning must be available for real time learning as scheduled by the teacher for all students in the class at the same time.

We are working on the following to ensure students with special education needs receive ongoing support if registering in online learning. Please note the following:

  • Referrals for services and support will continue through the Inclusive Learning Team.
  • Teachers will continue to follow the process of IPP/ILP development and plan for the necessary instructional accommodations and/or supports identified for students. The type and manner of accommodations and/or supports may be impacted as a result of the online format.
  • In-home supports and services will not be provided.
  • Our evaluation of available supports is ongoing.

What online learning will look like

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