Students won't have to redo their school year in light of stiffer measures announced today to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The Alberta government has instituted a provincewide ban of K to 12 and post-secondary classes until further notice.

They have laid out a basic framework of what that looks like for students, teaching staff, and school authorities.

Here's what they say:

  • Every K-12 student will receive a final mark, and students will progress to their next grade level next year.
  • Provincial assessments, such as provincial achievement tests, will be cancelled.
  • At this time, diploma exams essential for post-secondary acceptance will continue. Every student who is eligible to graduate from Grade 12 this year will graduate.
  • The Alberta government will also be working with post-secondary institutions to ensure that these extraordinary circumstances do not prevent students from being eligible for admission to post-secondary studies for the coming school year.
  • Teachers and other school staff will still be expected to work, either from home or at their workplace, to ensure these expectations are met. Decisions on how to do this are still to be made, and it may vary depending on the school jurisdiction.
  • School authorities are expected to continue their regular day-to-day operations and ensure the safety of school facilities. Maintenance, capital projects, cleaning of facilities, and administrative work will continue.

More details to follow.