Every student is required to complete 40 hours of community involvement in order to receive his/her diploma. Students can start accumulating community involvement hours in the summer before they enter Grade 9.
The purpose is to encourage students to develop an understanding of the various roles they can play in their community and to help them develop a greater sense of belonging
Some students may wish to complete more than 40 hours. Contact Guidance for more information about eligible activities and the process of recording your community involvement hours.
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Our local school board in consultation with school councils, the board’s Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) and Ontario School Board’s Insurance Exchange (OSBIE) considers the following as eligible activities:
- assistance to seniors
- environmental projects
- charitable and service organizations
- volunteer supported sports and recreation activities or events
- specific school-related activities
- community activities
- health facilities
The Ministry of Education developed a list of activities that are ineligible. These include activities that:
- is a requirement of a class or course in which the student is enrolled (i.e. co-operative education portion of a course, job shadowing, work experience);
- takes place during the time allotted for the instructional program on a school day; however, an activity that takes place during the student's lunch break or spare period(s) is permissible;
- take place in a logging or mining environment, if the student is under 16 years of age;
- take place in a factory, if the student is under 15 years of age;
- take place in a workplace other than a factory, if the student is under 14 years and not accompanied by an adult;
- would normally be performed for wages by a worker;
- involve operating a vehicle, power tools, or scaffolding;
- involve the administration of any type or form of medication or medical procedure to other persons;
- involve the handling of substances classed as “designated substances” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act;
- require the knowledge of a trades person whose trade is regulated by the provincial government;
- involve banking or the handling of securities, jewelry, works of art, antiques, or other valuables;
- consist of duties normally performed in the home;
- involve a court-ordered program (i.e. community-service program for youth, probationary program);
- involve the use of a firearm.
Visit the Simcoe County School Board website
for more information.