Edmonton Catholic schools will offer online learning for 2021-22 school year

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The Edmonton Catholic School District (ECSD) announced Monday it will continue to provide online learning in the 2021-22 school year.

Kindergarten to Grade 12 classes including French immersion for Grade 4 to 12 will be offered online with real time instruction, said an ECSD news release Monday.

Online learning was first introduced for the 2020-21 school year in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Parents will be asked between Feb. 22 and March 22 to indicate if they are planning to enrol their children in online classes or in-person learning. ECSD spokeswoman Christine Meadows said this will not be an official registration.

“We are asking parents to take this step now to help us plan for our budgets and staffing needs for the next year,” said Meadows in an email Monday. “Parent/guardians will be able to make a final decision before the beginning of the 2021-22 school year. We will give parents notice of that official deadline.”

Online programming will be teacher-led and focused on supporting students learning virtually, the division said.

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