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Community Involvement

Students are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities before graduation.

  • School staff will discuss appropriate types of community involvement activities and projects with students and may offer suggestions, but the selection and management of the involvement is to be directed by the student.
  • The TDSB publishes a list of approved and non-approved activities. Students choosing an activity not on the approved list must apply for permission in writing to the school Principal.
  • Activities may take place inside or outside the school. If inside, activities may not be part of a credit course.
  • The student may not displace a worker who would normally have been paid to perform the same function or receive pay.
  • Community involvement may begin in the summer after Grade 8.
  • An indication of completion will be entered on the student’s Ontario Student Transcript when the 40 hours have been submitted and approved.

Community Involvement Facts:

What is community involvement?

  • A volunteer activity – not for pay or credit
  • A constructive contribution to the community

Why does the Ministry of Education mandate it?

  • Reinforces civic responsibility
  • Strengthens the community
  • Enhances self-confidence and self-image
  • Offers networking for future employment
  • Provides an experience for students to include in their career portfolio, also known as their Individual Pathways Plan

When must students complete it?

  • Any time during the secondary school program after the student has graduated from Grade 8
  • Outside class hours, for example:
    • During lunch breaks
    • In the evening
    • On weekends
    • During school breaks
    • During summer months
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