All students in Ontario secondary schools are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement in order to graduate and receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The purpose of this requirement is to encourage students to develop an understanding of the various roles they can play in their community. The Limestone District School Board views community involvement requirement as one of many positive experiences young people will have to apply their education to community life in practical ways.
The purpose of the requirement is:
to foster an understanding of civic responsibility;
to develop a student's sense of worth as they play a role in their community; and
to help young people develop their skills.
These activities must be:
completed outside scheduled class time;
they must not be part of a credit course;
they must be unpaid activities;
they must total a minimum of 40 hours; and
they must be completed by the end of Grade 12.
The work to fulfill the requirement can begin at any time after the student completes Grade 8 (starting in the summer before they enter Grade 9). A single 40-hour activity, or a series of shorter term activities totaling 40 hours may be completed. The student must submit a Completion of Community Involvement Activity Record of his or her completed activities.