40 Hour Community Involvement - Frequently Asked Questions


40 Hour Community Involvement Information Manual Compiled by the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board and the Greater Essex County District School Board.

1. To whom does the 40 Hours Community Involvement graduation requirement apply?
  • Every student must complete 40 Hours of Community Involvement in order to graduate.

2. What choices do the students have? There are three specific types of Community Involvement. They are:
  • Help Your Community, Help Your Neighbours, & Help Your School

3. Who decides what constitutes "Community Involvement"?
  • The Information Manual clearly delineates both eligible and ineligible activities. Refer to pages 4 to 6.
  • Questionable activities will receive the school Principal's consideration.

4. Can Grade 7 and 8 students start their Community Involvement?
  • No. The 40 Hours of Community Involvement must be completed while the student is enrolled in Grades 9 through 12.

5. What is the procedure if a school is contacted by a community agency requesting students' Community Involvement with their organization?
  • A partnership has been established between the local school boards and the Windsor-Essex County United Way and they will provide the necessary information to interested community agencies.

6. What is the role of United Way?
  • United Way will act as a resource to assist non-profit community organizations to prepare for the 40 Hour Community Involvement for students.

7. Can a student/parent /guardian arrange a placement with a community organization that has not been reviewed by the Windsor-Essex County United Way?
  • Yes, as long as the activity is included on the List of Eligible Activities on pages 4 to 5 in the Information Manual.

8. What if a student/parent/guardian feels uncomfortable with a proposed Community Involvement activity?
  • In fulfilling the 40 Hours of Community Involvement the student/parent/guardian is responsible for making appropriate choices. Choose wisely.

9. What if a student get hurts while completing the 40 Hours of Community Involvement?
  • Students/parents/guardians are encouraged to purchase Student Accident Insurance which is available through the schools. Page 11 in the Community Involvement Information Manual addresses additional insurance issues.

10. What if the student loses the "Completion of Community Involvement Activities" form?
  • Students are responsible for submitting their "Completion of Community Involvement Activities" form to their home school for data entry.

11. What happens when the 40 Hours of Community Involvement are completed?
  • The completed 40 hour requirement will be recorded on the Report Card and on the Ontario Student Transcript.

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