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Friday, March 19, 2021
Friday, March 19, 2021
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Friday, March 19, 2021

This is important information for all graduating students who have not completed their Community Involvement Hours.

For the 2020-21 school year, the Ministry of Education has made some temporary changes to the community involvement graduation policy to make it easier for students to earn their volunteer hours given the challenges related to COVID-19

The number of hours required to graduate has been reduced to 20 and some restrictions have been waived.

For this school year:

  1. Students may earn hours during the school day (in the afternoon when finished class)
  2. Students may earn hours through duties normally performed in the home
  3. Students 14 years and older can count up to 10 hours from paid employment toward their volunteer hours if they submit a reflection indicating how their work contributed to the service of others.

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:
    • Conversing with seniors virtually, for example, acting as technology mentors or providing a regular check-in to address isolation and build cross-generational friendships
    • 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 schools
    • Creating a transition support video for Grade 8 students
    • Doing a musical performance that could provide entertainment for seniors
    • Encouraging people to donate through various social media platforms to food banks or other not-for-profit organizations
    • Creating a flyer for promotion on social media for a local cause 
  • There are also some virtual volunteering opportunities available; students can come to the Guidance office for more information.

Please complete your hours and hand them into the guidance office or email completed forms to Mrs. Labbe asap at:   llabbe@scdsb.on.ca

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