Limiting Distractions in Alberta Classrooms

Jun 24, 2024

Dear Sturgeon Public Families,

On June 17, the Minister of Education, Demetrios Nicolaides, announced new restrictions on the use of personal mobile devices and access to social media platforms for children and students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 schools and private Early Childhood Services programs, effective September 1, 2024.

During the announcement, the Minister indicated that these new rules were developed based on extensive feedback from students, parents, teachers, education partners, and stakeholder associations and that he is confident these restrictions will reduce distractions, maximize learning time, support student mental health, and reduce opportunities for cyberbullying.

Please see the attached letter that outlines the reasons this policy was introduced, some details on what schools are being asked to do, and some general information on what parents can expect in the coming months.