Instructional Delivery

School districts and independent school authorities should have the necessary plans in place to be able to shift between stages if and when required.

Last update: August 10, 2020

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Stage 1

In-class instruction provided full-time for all K-12 students as per regular operating procedures.

No limit to learning group size.

School density targets are not applicable for this stage.


Stage 2

In-class instruction provided full-time for all students for the maximum time possible within established public health learning group limits[1]:

  • Elementary & Middle School: 60 people
  • Secondary School: 120 people

School density targets are not applicable for this stage.

Self-directed learning supplements in-class instruction, if required.


Stage 3

In-class instruction provided full-time for:

  • Students requiring additional supports (all ages), children of Essential Service Workers (5-12)

In-class instruction provided for all other students for the maximum time possible within established public health learning group limits and school density targets:

  • Learning Group Limit[1]
    • Elementary & Middle School: 30 people
    • Secondary School: 60 people
  • School Density Targets[2]
    • 50% for all schools

Self-directed and remote learning supplements in-class instruction.


Stage 4

In-class instruction provided full-time for students requiring additional supports (all ages) and children of Essential Service Workers (ages 5-12) within established public health learning groups limits and school density targets:

  • Learning Group Limits[1]
    • Elementary, Middle & Secondary School: 30 people
  • School Density Targets[2]
    • 25% for all schools

Self-directed and remote learning supplements in-class instruction.


Stage 5

Suspension of in-class instruction in all K-12 schools.

Self-directed and remote learning in place of in-class instruction for all students.

Learning groups are not applicable for this stage.

School Density Targets[2]

  • 0% for all schools

[1] School districts/authorities are encouraged to work with onsite child care providers to support continuity of learning groups during before/after school care, where possible.

[2] Density targets pertain to the maximum percentage of students that should be physically present in the school at one time based on total student enrolment or school design capacity, whichever is greater. Density targets do not apply to child care operations on school grounds – child care licensing regulations remain in effect.