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Grade 12 Graduating Students (Volunteer Requirement):

For students graduating in the 2021-22 school year, the community involvement graduation requirement will be reduced to a minimum of 20 hours of community involvement activities.   Grade 12 students without their Community Involvement Hours requirement completed and recorded will not be eligible to attend the Graduation Ceremony. Please email your completed  Community Involvement Hours Record Form to your guidance counsellor.

Last name A-H – Ms. Susi – msusi@hwdsb.on.ca

Last name I-P – Mr. Scocchia – lscocchi@hwdsb.on.ca

Last name Q-Z – Ms. Sandoval – msandova@hwdsb.on.ca

FOR 2021-2022 (All other Students):

For the 2020-21 school year, the ministry is revising the 40-hour community involvement graduation requirement so that students will not be adversely impacted by the ongoing challenges related to COVID-19. Students aged 14 years and older can count up to a maximum of 10 hours from paid employment towards their earned hours at the discretion of the principal. Students counting paid employment towards their graduation requirement will be required to complete their Record of Hours form & reflection questions indicating how their work contributed to the service for others. Students not graduating this school year are still required to complete 40-hours before April 1 of their graduating year.

When using paid employment for volunteer hours (maximum of 10 hours), students must email their guidance counsellor with the following:

  1. Community Involvement Hours Record Form
  2. Reflection questions:
    • What was the activity and what were your duties? (2-3 sentences)
    • How was your involvement valuable to others? (2-3 sentences)

This Community Involvement form and reflection questions will be printed off and placed in your OSR.

Email the above to your assigned guidance counsellor:

Last name A-H – Ms. Susi

Last name I-P – Mr. Scocchia

Last name Q-Z – Ms. Sandoval

Additional Community Involvement Information

The Ontario Ministry of Education requires that each student complete 40 hours of volunteer activities in the community in order to earn their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Students can begin accumulating these hours as of July 1 after they finish grade 8.

  • Students must record their hours of community involvement on the Community Involvement Hours Record Form and have the volunteer supervisor sign for the hours completed. Email Completed forms to your guidance counsellor.
  • HWDSB Community Involvement Information: Students and parents must ensure that the “volunteer activity” meets the requirements of Community Involvement as outlined in our Community Involvement Facts Sheet. *Any activity that consists of duties  normally performed in the home (ie. daily chores) which were previously ineligible are now eligible for the 2020-2021 year.
  • As soon as students complete all or part of the required 40 hours, they are encouraged to return the completed form to the Student Services office and have this recorded on their transcript. Students may also attach signed letters verifying their completion of volunteer activities to their Record of Community Involvement form. (The Ontario Student Transcript shows only that the community involvement is complete or not complete, it does not indicate the total number of hours above 40 a student completes.)

All students are encouraged to complete a minimum of 10 Community Involvement Hours each academic year. We recommend completing all 40 hours by the end of Grade 10.


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Updated on Monday, May 30, 2022.
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