Authorization indicates that the resources meet Alberta Education’s evaluation criteria. However, the use of authorized resources is not mandatory for program delivery. The decision to use provincially authorized resources is at the discretion of the teacher and the principal, in alignment with policies set by their school authority.
Teachers use their professional judgement, and their knowledge of their students and their local community, to select the most appropriate resources to meet the needs of their students.
The amendments described in “Changes in the Off-campus Education Handbook” will remain optional for September 2017 but will become mandatory for the 2018–2019 school year. These changes will affect both school staff and senior high school students.
Based on stakeholder feedback, the allowable hours for off-campus education are changing to more closely align with the Employment Standards Regulation (Part 5, Section 53) and to allow for extended hours for senior high school students. Importantly, the changes also highlight additional health and safety parameters that have been developed in collaboration with Advanced Education and Labour.
For the 2017–2018 school year, schools may implement one of the following options:
Option 1: School authorities may continue to use the current Off-campus Education Handbook as is.
Option 2: School authorities that have already implemented the May 2016 amendment may elect to continue to use that amendment alongside the current Off-campus Education Handbook.
Option 3: School authorities may elect to use the current Off-campus Education Handbook with the June 2017 amendment changes as outlined on pages 2 and 3 of this document.