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Hub online learning is not available to kindergarten and/or International Students.


​Update | ​Moving from Hub Online Learning to In-Person Learning​​

Students registered in Hub online learning have one opportunity to return to in-person instruction at their school for the remainder of the school year. This is the only time students may move from Hub online learning to in-person instruction. Otherwise, students will remain in Hub online learning until the end of the school year. 

Families / Independent Students will need to inform their school of their decision to return to in-person instruction by noon on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021.  

​If you would like your child to remain in Hub online learning – no action is required. Students in Grade 1-9 will automatically continue with online learning. Students in Grade 10-12 will be contacted by their school to confirm course selectio​ns for the second semester.  

If you would like to move your child back to in-person learning – you will need to complete a notice of intent using your MyCBE/PowerSchool account. Please refer to the Hub Notice of Intent support page for step-by-step instructions. 

Register for yellow school bus transportation: If your child requires yellow school bus transportation, you must register by Jan. 8 using your MyCBE/PowerSchool account. This will ensure your child is added to an existing route. Students registering after this date will not be able to ride the bus until they are added. This process can take up to four weeks. 

Students moving back to in-person instruction will begin at their school on Monday, Feb. 1, 2020.   


There is No Movement from In-Person Learning to Hub Online Learning

There is no opportunity for movement from in-person instruction to hub online learning during the 2020-21 school year.

Given the evolving situation with COVID-19, we did consider whether to permit movement from in-person classes into Hub online learning for the second semester. However, in order to ensure continuity of learning and minimize disruption to in-person classes resulting from the movement of staff from in-person classes to Hub, we are not able to accommodate new requests for Hub online learning in the new year.

Movement on Feb. 1 will be only one way, from Hub online learning back to in-person classes.​

Communication for Hub Online Students

​A primary way we are communicating with our families and students about hub online learning is through SchoolMessenger. If parents / guardians / independent students are not receiving messages through SchoolMessenger: 

  • confirm your email address with your child's / your designated school; and 
  • check with your school to ensure SchoolMessenger is not blocked to your email address. It is important this site remain unblocked so families / students can receive the most current information.  

Approach to Learni​​ng

​The hub is a learning approach that has been created for the 2020-21 school year for families choosing to have their children remain at home due to COVID concerns while in-school classes have resumed. ​​This support will allow students to remain registered at their home schools while receiving course instruction through a format of online instruction and independent work. This learning approach will require parent involvement and assistance. Students will be supported by specific teachers assigned to the hub through the use of D2L by Brightspace and/or Google tools. Instruction will be provided through real-time, on-line teacher instruction with all students registered in the hub class, pre-recorded videos and printable resources. 

Unlike emergency at-home learning that took place in the spring of 2020, hub online learning requires students to meet all the outcomes in the Programs of Study. 

  • Grades 1-6 will be taught by generalists and the curriculum for English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies, Physical Education, Health and Wellness along with Music and Art will be integrated in these six ​​cours​es.
  • Grades 7-9 will be taught by subject specific teachers. Science, Math, English Language Arts and Social Studies will be offered as well as Physical Education, Health and Wellness, while Fine Arts opportunities (Art and Drama) will be integrated within these six courses. 
  • High School will offer courses in the Sciences, Math, English Language Arts and Social Studies, as well as Physical Education 10 and CALM. Courses offered will be based on student demand. Complementary courses offered will be based on student demand and available space and resources.​​​

Students registered in Alternative Programs will remain registered with their current schools while enrolled in hub online learning.

​Hub Approach ​Description

Real-time online learning is scheduled by the teacher for all students registered in the hub class together with the teacher. Students must be available for the following real-time learning time:

  • Grades 1-6 5-6 hours per week
  • Grades 7-9 5-7 hours per week
  • Grades 10-12 Anticipate two hours per week per course.

Pre-recorded videos will be made available by the teacher to the students to access through D2L by Brightspace and/or Google tools. The videos provide additional instruction to facilitate both real-time online learning and independent work.

Independent work through student assignments will reflect the learning for each subject curriculum as identified by Alberta Education. The assignments may not be identical to the work of their peers in the classroom, but the work will address the same learning outcomes. 

  • Grades 1-6 approximately 3 hours daily
  • Grades 7-9 approximately 4 hours or 1 hour per course daily​
  • Grades 10-12 approximately 1-2 hour ​per course daily

​Parent/Guardian Learning Support is required and will depend on the age of the student and individual ability to work independently. The hub approach relies on parents/guardians to ensure the child is engaging with the learning and completing the assignments.  Parents/guardians should consider the learning nature of their child, their level of independence as learners, and the availability of parents/guardians to provide support when accessing this temporary approach to instruction.​

Classes Offered


Mandatory Courses*


Math, English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Health and Wellness.

Art and Music will be integrated within the core subjects.


Math, English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Health and Wellness.

Fine Arts (Art and Drama will be integrated within core subjects.)


Math, English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education 10, CALM.

Limited complementary courses will be offered based on student demand and space and resources.

*Due to the complexities of course delivery and available resources, French Immersion and Spanish Bilingual will be the only Alternative Programs offered through hub learning. These courses will run dependent on student demand. Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses will not be offered through hub online learning​, again due to the complexities of course delivery and available resources.


Since kindergarten is not mandatory in Alberta, parents of kindergarten children have the option to keep their children at home or register for in-person learning at their community school.  Parents wishing additional information regarding kindergarten are encouraged to visit the CBE’s Kindergarten webpage.

Hub online learning is not available to kindergarten students.

International Students

The international student program is an in-person program and we are unable to offer an online learning option to international students. Hub online learning is not available to international students.

Questions specific to international students can be found here:

Parents/guardians wishing additional information are encouraged to contact Global Learning at

Special Education

HUB – Supporting Students with Special Education Needs

​Given the unique nature of each student’s Individual Program Plan, parents must recognize that not all supports are transferable to an online learning environment.  This online learning approach will require parental involvement and assistance.   

All students with special education needs who engage in hub online learning must be available for real time learning as scheduled by the teacher for all students in the class at the same time.

We are working on the following to ensure students with special education needs receive ongoing support if registering in hub online learning.  Please note the following:

  • Referrals for services and support will continue through the School Learning Teams/ Area Learning Teams
  • Teachers will continue to follow the process of IPP development and plan for the necessary instructional accommodations and/or supports identified for students. The type and manner of accommodations and/or supports may be impacted if selecting the hub online learning approach as a result of the online format.
  • In-home supports and services will not be provided
  • For students enrolled in congregated settings (e.g. DHH, PLP), we continue to assess the feasibility of offering hub online learning given the need for in class instruction or nature of in class instruction.  Considerations will include scheduling and class size and available resources.​

Hub vs. Other Online/Home Options​​​

Hub Learning Approach

Students registered with hub remain registered at their home school and connected to their school community.

Grades 1-12 offered. Students remain enrolled at home school so enrolment in hub is not limited.

Instruction provided through real-time teacher instruction and independent student learning time.

Parent support required.


CBe-learn is the student’s home school. It is a stand alone school.

Grades 1-12 offered. As a school, enrolment is limited.

Instruction provided through real-time teacher instruction and independent student learning time.

Parent support required.

Home Education

The CBE's hub online learning approach is not the same as home education as defined by the Home Education Regulation within the Education Act.

If a family chooses home education, there are different providers within the province who work with parents to deliver the learning.​

​Technology Requi​rem​​​ents

Internet connection and a laptop, computer, or Chrome notebook are required. Students​ should take the Essentials for Online Learning course offered by the CBE at no cost. ​

Additional Informat​​ion

As the hub approach is new to the CBE, parents and students may have many questions. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section for updates ​​

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