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K to 12 school re-entry

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Guidance and plans for students to start the 2020-21 school year.
Government of Alberta
government document
Publication Date: 
21 Jul 2020


Students across Alberta will return to classrooms for the 2020/21 school year under scenario 1: In-class learning with enhanced health and safety measures.

School health measures

The school re-entry plan (2020-21 school year) allows schools and parents to prepare for learning while putting student and staff safety first.

The plan offers guidance on a wide range of operational issues including:

  • hygiene and health requirements
  • student learning
  • transportation
  • diploma exams
  • mental health and psychological supports for students and staff

Schools should consider the following health measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Physical distancing and grouping

  • Practice physical distancing when possible.
  • Emphasize other hygiene practices in classrooms, buses and during activities when physical distancing may not be possible.
  • Reorganize rooms to allow for more physical space.
  • Create cohorts of students by class where possible.
  • Guide foot traffic flow through entrances and hallways by using markers on the floor or pylons/barriers.
  • Avoid large gatherings like assemblies.


  • Staff and students under scenario 1 are not currently mandated to wear masks, but may choose to wear one.
  • Consider wearing masks when there is prolonged close contact (greater than 15 minutes) and distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained.