Just weeks away from the 2020-2021 school year, what do post-COVID-19 education plans look like in Canada’s four biggest provinces?
While all provinces have adopted new health safety rules focused on class size, social distancing, and PPE, plans for online and in-person course delivery vary significantly across jurisdictions.
Ontario schools will be moving forward with a hybrid approach
. Conventional, in-person classes will be offered to students kindergarten to grade 8, however parents may choose to opt out of in-person delivery to pursue online learning instead. For secondary students, at least 50% of courses will be delivered through in-person instruction, supplemented by up to 50% online courses.
Parents have expressed concern about the quality of online learning and the potential for additional labour for parents who choose that route. A recent survey
of the Ottawa district school board showed that approximately 24% of Ottawa students have opted to learn online.
, students from Preschool to Secondary III will be required to return to school for in-person learning; while students Secondary IV to V will attend at-least 50% of their courses in-person, with complementary online learning taking place at home.
Much like other years, students registered in “brick and mortar” schools across British Columbia will be expected to attend their classes in person
. Elementary and middle school students will only be provided daily online learning options if they are specifically registered in an online or distributed learning school, and secondary students will only learn online when its needed to accommodate new class sizes.
The province has also announced an additional $3 million
in education funding to acquire new remote learning tools and other tech.
With perhaps the least number of changes to its regular school programming, Alberta will move forward with a “near normal
” school year. All students aged Kindergarten to grade 12 will attend in-person classes while following new COVID-19 health measures.
- Mairead Matthews