KLB-R: Alternative Delivery: Health and Career Education Curriculum

Classification: 
K: School-Community Relations
Code: 
KLB-R

Alternative Delivery:

Health and Career Education Curriculum 

Introduction 

Ministry of Education policy allows for students and their parents/guardians to arrange of alternative delivery of instruction with regard to specific prescribed learning outcomes in the Health curriculum organizer of the Health and Career Education K to 7, Health and Career Education 8 and 9, and Planning 10 IRPs. 

The Health curriculum organizer includes the following four curriculum sub organizers:

  • Healthy Living
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Safety and Injury Prevention
  • Substance Misuse Prevention 

It is important to note the significance of the term “alternative delivery” as it relates to the Alternative Delivery policy.  The policy does not permit schools to omit addressing or assessing any of the prescribed learning outcomes within the Health and Career Education curriculum.  Neither does it allow students to be excused from meeting any learning outcomes related to health.  It is expected that students who arrange for alternative delivery will address the health-related learning outcomes and will be able to demonstrate their understanding of these learning outcomes. 

Note too that the option for Alternative Delivery is not intended for any of the other prescribed learning outcomes, and it is not intended for any other curriculum. 

Related Legislation and Regulations 

Health and Career Education K to 7 is a mandatory part of an educational program offered to all students.  See Ministerial Order 295/95, the Required Areas of Study in and Educational Program Order. 

Health and Career Education 8 and 9 is a mandatory part of an educational program offered to all students.  See Ministerial Order 295/95, the Required Areas of Study in an Educational Program Order. 

Planning 10 is a provincially prescribed graduation requirement for students who enter Grade 10 on or after July 1, 2004.  See Ministerial Order 302/04, the Graduation Program Order. 


Procedure 

The Health curriculum organizer of Health and Career Education K to 7, Health and Career Education 8 and 9, and Planning 10 include prescribed learning outcomes that some students and their parents/guardians may feel more comfortable addressing by means other than instruction by a teacher in a regular classroom setting. 

In such instances, students with their parents’/guardians’ consent and in consultation with their school, may arrange to address the prescribed learning outcomes by agreed upon alternative means. 

It is expected that students will, in consultation with their school, demonstrate their knowledge of the specific prescribed learning outcome(s) they have arranged to address by alternative means. 

This applies only to the prescribed learning outcomes in the Health curriculum organizer of Health and Career Education K to 7, Health and Career Education 8 and 9, and Planning 10.  It does not apply to any other prescribed learning outcomes in these IRPs, nor does it apply to any other provincial curriculum/IRP. 

There are a variety of ways in which schools can accommodate student and/or parent/guardian preference to address prescribed learning outcomes in the Health curriculum organizer by alternative means.

Some examples include:

  • home instruction using a school-determined package of materials or other agreed upon materials
  • Distributed Learning (formerly distance education/distance electronic learning)
  • self-directed studies
  • suggestions for assessment as included in The Classroom Assessment Model component of the IRPs for Health and Career Education K to 7, Health and Career Education 8 and 9, and Planning 10.
  • Suggestions for instruction and assessment as included in the Personal Planning k to 7 IRP. 

School boards may also invite parents/guardians to propose means for alternative delivery.  

Regardless of the form of alternative delivery, all students are required to demonstrate their knowledge of the specific prescribed learning outcome(s) they have arranged to address by alternative means. 

DMT Responsibility: AS-DLS

Adopted Date: 
Monday April 12, 2010