Health & Wellness in School

Health & Wellness in School Hub Online Learning

Hub Online Learning

Hub Online Approach to Learni​​ng

The CBE understands the start to the year will look different because of the choices families are making in the best interests of their children. We thank you for your understanding and support as we work to accommodate students and their learning. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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 online learning is not available to kindergarten students. ​​


Parents have between Noon, Aug. 12 and 4:00 pm on Aug.24 to register their children in hub online learning. Registration forms are to be completed and submitted online. To register for hub learning, please choose the appropriate form to complete and submit online.   

Registration is not determined on a first come, first served basis. It is not necessary to register on the first day registration opens.  
Children who register as students new to the CBE after the hub registration date of Aug. 24 should speak with the administration at their CBE school to discuss the possibility of registering for hub.
Students may move from hub learning to face-to-face instruction in February. Currently, there is no movement from schools to hub after Sept. 1. However, the CBE is continually reviewing its support and opportunity for student learning. As a result, the decision to move from school to hub for Feb. 2021 may be revisited by Dec. 2020.

It will be important to have all registrations by the deadline so we can be ready with teachers and resources for the students who will be in schools and those learning from home. Families must be committed to the choice they make for their children as transiti​oning back to school can only occur in ​February.​

Students will be grouped into classes by school and/or Area. If the number of students from one school requesting a specific grade, or high school course, is enough to create a class, then a hub class will be formed with those students from within the school. If the number of students from one school is limited, then a hub class will be created from students within the same Area.

After a hub class has been created, a teacher will be assigned to the class and students will be supported through the technology of D2L by Brightspace and/or Google tools​. Parents may request to move their child from hub back to their school for Feb. 1. The request needs to be made in writing to the school principal by Jan. 8. This commitment to delivery through in-school or the hub approach allows for teachers to be assigned their classes (in school or hub) and to provide high quality consistent instruction with students.

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 at high school, 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.

Special Education

HUB – Supporting Students with Special Education Needs

For students with identified learning needs, parents may choose for them to attend in-person classes or register for hub online learning.

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. Families will need to determine their registration decision based on their child and circumstance, using the information provided on this CBE website. 

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.
  • Recognizing the needs of students attending Christine Meikle and Emily Follensbee, additional information regarding possible online programming will be communicated to these families by each school’s principal by August 24.
  • Our evaluation of available supports is ongoing with more information to follow

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. It is strongly recommended that all students​ take the Essentials for Online Learning course offered by the CBE at no cost. The course ensures participants are comfortable using the specific technology required for hub online learning. Registration information for this course will be available later in August.​

Additional Informat​​ion

As the hub approach is new to the CBE, parents and students may have many questions. As schools are not yet open and available to answer your questions, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section for updates ​


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