Pupils Now Able to Accumulate Community Hours Before Grade Nine
Every student must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities as one of the requirements of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The Ontario Ministry of Education will now allow pupils to accumulate hours once they have successfully completed grade eight.
The purposes of the community involvement activities are to:
to encourage students to develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility
to increase awareness of the role they can play and gain satisfaction from the contribution they can make in supporting and strengthening their communities
• to develop a positive image and a greater sense of identity within the community
Students may complete the requirement at any time before graduation. Students may complete one activity of 40 hours or several activities which add up to a 40 hour time commitment. The requirement must be completed outside of scheduled class time.
Students will identify and document their community involvement on the Community Involvement Activities Form. Students must provide signatures confirming what activities they are participating in, who their supervisors are and verification of completed activities. When completed (with all signatures) the student will present the report to the school. The total number of hours completed each year will be documented on the report card.
The following list represents eligible activities which are defined by the Ontario Ministry of Education as recognized community service activities that are non-paid and out of class time, and not part of a course requirement:
Community Committee Work
Clubs and Youth Organizations
• Activities for Individuals Requiring Assistance
For more information contact Central Senior School.