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Online Learning

The Government of Saskatchewan has established a new Treasury Board Crown Corporation to oversee centralized online education in the province through a planned acquisition of Sun West School Division’s Distance Learning Centre (DLC). The DLC will be called the Saskatchewan Distance Learning Corporation. It will operate as the head office and main hub for online education in the province. 

This centralized approach is starting in the 2023-24 school year and will provide Kindergarten to Grade 12 classes to any Saskatchewan school student who chooses to study online.

The new online learning model will provide students, teachers and families with a consistent user experience and flexible learning opportunities, no matter where in Saskatchewan they live.

Government heard from parents that they wanted assistance when supporting their children’s online learning experience. Government believes having a consistent approach to a universal platform and registration system will provide that support, flexibility and accessibility to families across the province.

The Government of Saskatchewan first announced its plans for a new online learning policy in the province in the 2021 Throne Speech. The Ministry of Education has been consulting with school divisions and other stakeholders since that time as part of the preliminary planning process in developing a new online learning model.

The Government remains committed to ensuring there is a seamless transition to the new model as this initiative progresses to discuss implementation plans including considerations around staffing, technology and funding.

The new online learning model will provide greater choice and more opportunities for all students in the province, while ensuring that all students accessing online learning are receiving a consistent high quality education experience.

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1. Parents and Students

All Saskatchewan students will have access to the central online learning provider. As with in-class learning in Saskatchewan, the new online school will provide free education for its students. Further communication will be available over the coming months for parents interested in enrolling their children in online learning. Student registration is also anticipated to open this winter.

The Government of Saskatchewan expects that all students taking part in the provincial centralized platform will have access to their local school division for driver’s licence training, graduation ceremonies and extra-curricular activities, including arts and sports.

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2. Teachers

The main office for the provincial online school will be located in Kenaston with additional satellite locations to be created throughout the province. Teachers, regardless of where they live, will have employment opportunities to work for the online school this winter.

Work is continuing to determine a staffing model for this initiative and more information will be shared once available.

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3. Online Learning Outside the Public Division

Separate school divisions, the Conseil des écoles fransaskoises and any independent school, including Flex ED, will be eligible to offer online learning through an application to the Ministry of Education. The application process will ensure they follow a provincial quality assurance framework. The quality assurance framework will ensure that all students choosing to study online receive a high-quality education. The application process is currently under development.

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