Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Ministry of Education – Community Involvement Graduation Policy
reduce barriers students may face during the Covid 19 pandemic, the
total number of community involvement hours have been reduced for
students in their graduating year - 20 Community Service Involvement Hours (reduced from 40)
In addition to this, the ministry has proposed changes to wave a number of policy restrictions.
- Schools may allow students to earn hours during the time allotted for the instructional program on a school day;
- Schools may allow students to earn hours through duties normally performed in the home; and
may allow students aged 14 years and older to count up to a maximum of
10 hours from paid employment towards their earned hours. Students
counting paid employment towards their graduation requirement will be
required to complete a reflection exercise indicating how their work
contributed to the service for others.
addition, the ministry has waived the requirement that schools use
paper-based forms and is permitting school boards to develop their own
processes for collecting, recording and validating hours, including
allowing electronic signatures.
should continue to seek out and accumulate community involvement hours
in accordance with school board policies and procedures, keeping in mind
local public health unit recommendations.
are encouraged to consider virtual volunteering. There are a number of
organizations that provide virtual volunteer opportunities for students.
Some of these volunteer opportunities can be found through agencies
such as https://www.sparkontario.ca/.
The following list provides some examples of flexible ways’
students could earn community involvement hours in keeping with the
purpose of the policy, which is to encourage students to develop
awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and of the role they
can play and the contributions they can make in supporting and
strengthening their communities, including:
- Providing tutoring and mentorship supports through:
- Virtual tutoring to help students with reading, communication and/or other skills
- Teaching online music or dance lessons
- Hosting art classes for younger students
- Assisting siblings and/or younger students with online learning and schoolwork
- Connecting with and supporting seniors by:
with seniors virtually, for example, acting as technology mentors or
providing a regular check-in to address isolation and build
- Joining or creating a letter-writing campaign to seniors
- Delivering groceries to elderly/immunocompromised neighbours
- Supports for families, neighbourhoods and community initiatives:
- Supporting a family by walking a younger child to and from school
- Participating in donation pick-ups for not-for-profit organizations
- Coordinating a donation event with a local organization such as a shelter
- Facilitating discussions with newcomer youth or families to help them learn about their new community
- Sewing masks to donate to social agencies
- Shoveling snow and/or performing yard work for a family or neighbour’s family due to extenuating circumstances
- Taking part in neighbourhood litter-pick-up hour
Utilizing social media to connect with their community by: Organizing a virtual reading or math activity for their feeder elementary schoolsCreating a transition support video for Grade 8 studentsDoing a musical performance that could provide entertainment for seniorsEncouraging people to donate through various social media platforms to food banks or other not-for-profit organizationsCreating a flyer for promotion on social media for a local cause