40 hours of community service

Secondary school students are required to complete 40 hours of community involvement throughout their high school years as part of the secondary school diploma requirements. Hours may be completed in small amounts each year, or in larger amounts in selected activities over a shorter period of time. Students may begin to accumulate community involvement hours beginning in July of their Grade 9 year. The community involvement requirement is designed to encourage students to develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and the role they can play in supporting and strengthening their communities. Support is available for finding appropriate community involvement opportunities. Students must provide the required documentation of eligible hours.

Eligible activities

Within the student’s school

  • student council/sub committees: eg. Christmas sharing, student trustee, terry fox run
  • school committees: eg. yearbook, student crime stoppers
  • organizing/assisting in school activities: eg. grade 8 orientation, fundraising, coaching sports, parent’s night, science fair, art shows, technical crew or school productions
  • ecoprojects: eg. school/community clean-up, school/community restoration and beautification
  • school/community initiatives: eg. food drives, Christmas sharing
  • non-credit peer assistance: eg. scribing, tutoring
  • participation in conferences/training programs outside of school hours: eg. leadership/peer mediation

Agencies/community organizations

  • church related volunteer activities
  • community agencies/service clubs, volunteer opportunities which would be appropriate to student volunteers assisting in: fund raising, community event organization, environmental projects, sports coaching, scouting, guiding, friendly visits: eg. community services, local food banks, United Way, 4-H Clubs, Meals on Wheels, hospitals, etc.

School Group

  • supporting elementary school activities such as school yard clean-up, equipment room organization, reading buddies, coaching

Ineligible activities

The Ministry has developed a list of activities that may not be chosen as community involvement activities.

An ineligible activity is an activity that:

  • is a requirement of a class or course in which the student is enrolled (eg. cooperative 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 breaks or “spare” periods is permissible
  • takes place in logging or mining environment, if the student is under sixteen years of age
  • takes place in a factory, if the student is under fifteen years of age
  • takes place in a workplace other than a factory, if the student is under fourteen years of age and is not accompanied by an adult
  • would normally be performed for wages by a person in the workplace
  • involves the operation of a vehicle, power tools, or scaffolding
  • involves the administration of any type or form of medication or medical procedure to other persons
  • involves handling of substances classed as “designated substances” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • requires the knowledge of a trades person whose trade is regulated by the provincial government
  • involves banking or the handling of securities, or the handling of jewellery, works of art, antiques or other valuables
  • consists of duties normally performed in the home (i.e., daily chores) or personal recreational activities
  • involves a court-ordered program (eg. community-service program for young offenders, probationary program)

Activities which are normally classroom or credit requirements are disallowed and all activities completed must be unpaid. Activities may not take place during class instructional time; however, an activity that takes place during lunch, a spare, or during non-instructional time is eligible. Activities completed in the summer are eligible as long as the student has entered grade nine and has completed the notification of planned activities form.

Please note: Duties normally performed in the student’s home and those which are court ordered are also ineligible.

Indigenous Self Identification

Indigenous self-identification

Territorial acknowledgement

We acknowledge and honour the land on which we reside and occupy as part of the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe people. These Indigenous Nations, agreed to mutual sharing obligations and responsibilities as stewards of the land and water. Today these responsibilities and obligations extend to all Peoples. These lands are steeped in rich Indigenous history, traditions and modern cultures that are proud and vibrant.

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board supports and is committed to the holistic success of Indigenous students. It is the aim of the board to deliver culturally-appropriate education programs and services to support, all staff and students, academically and professionally to ensure the highest rate of success. All students succeed when the rich history, culture and diversity of our community is understood, respected and celebrated.

Everyone has a role to play in ensuring success of Indigenous students attending Hastings and Prince Edward schools. The local Mohawk and Anishinaabe communities, along with the Métis Nation of Ontario, are key partners in this work.

Through consultation, communication, and collaboration, the board is working to address three main goals in Indigenous Education:

  1. To increase student achievement and well-being.
  2. Increase knowledge, understanding, awareness and inclusion of First Nation, Métis and Inuit histories, cultures and perspectives in all schools for all staff and students
  3. Increase community engagement of First Nation, Métis and Inuit Partners


Parents and guardians of HPEDSB students, or students age 18 or over, may voluntarily identify their school aged children as being of Indigenous heritage. The data collected is strictly confidential and is not shared. All data collected is treated in the same manner as Ontario Student Record Guidelines, according to the Education Act and Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy Act.

The data collected through this voluntary self-identification process will be the foundation of our efforts to further support the achievement of our Indigenous students at both elementary and secondary. Our priority is to develop and implement supports and allocate resources appropriately that will enhance programs for our Indigenous learners

Contact information

Toll-free: 1-800-267-4350

Phone: 613-966-1170 Extension 62299

Fax: 613-966-6023

Email: [email protected]

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Technology embedded learning

Our vision is All students prepared and empowered for the possibilities of today and tomorrow.

To fulfill this vision, we create dynamic, inclusive educational experiences for the learner. At Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB), we provide programs and services to help each student achieve success. It’s important to us to create learning spaces that meet the needs of all learners.

Students in our schools have access to a wide variety of technology. Our educators and support staff inspire students to learn through meaningful, engaging experiences from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Our learning environments include the following:

  • Access to assistive technology for all students
  • Computers and Internet access in every classroom
  • Fibre optic high-speed network to our schools
  • Interactive whiteboards and projectors in classrooms
  • Mobile technologies, including laptops, Chromebooks, iPads and ebooks
  • Online virtual libraries
  • Online collaboration tools, such as Google Apps for Education (GAFE)
  • Wireless infrastructure in all our schools to support bring your own device

Links and resources

Contact information

Toll-free: 1-800-267-4350

Phone: 613-966-1170 extension 62424

Fax: 613-966-2946

Email: [email protected]
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Last updated: June 22, 2018 at 3:15 pm
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