To strengthen communities and encourage civic responsibility, students must complete 40 hours of unpaid community involvement activities. Students are to select activities appropriate to their age, maturity, and ability. Students may begin accumulating community involvement hours in the summer before they enter Grade 9.
While selecting an activity, Christian Virtual School encourages students to choose activities that do not put themselves or others at risk. The student is not to partake in any activity in which personal safety will be compromised. Students are encouraged to reach out to the Guidance Department (firstname.lastname@example.org) to submit their documentation, and if they have any questions about selecting activities.
Any activity not listed as eligible, must receive written approval of the principal of Christian Virtual School. The activity cannot be commenced until the Christian Virtual School principal has granted permission. Ineligible activities are activities not approved by Christian Virtual School or the Ministry of Education.
Ineligible Activities Include:
- any activity that would normally be performed for wages by a person in the workplace (e.g., childcare);
- any occurring in an unsafe or unsupervised environment;
- when it is a requirement of a class or course in which the student is enrolled (e.g., cooperative education portion of a course, job shadowing, work experience);
- when it 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;
- any taking place in a logging or mining environment, if the student is under sixteen years of age;
- any taking place in a factory, if the student is under fifteen years of age;
- any taking place in a workplace other than a factory, if the student is under fourteen years of age and is not accompanied by an adult;
- if it involves the operation of a vehicle, power tools, or scaffolding;
- if it involves the administration of any type or form of medication or medical procedure to other persons;
- if it involves handling of substances classed as “designated substances” under the Occupational Health and Safety Act;
- any requiring the knowledge of a tradesperson whose trade is regulated by the provincial government;
- if it involves banking or the handling of securities, or the handling of jewellery, works of art, antiques, or other valuables;
- when it consists of duties normally performed in the home (i.e., daily chores) or personal recreational activities (e.g., playing on sports teams);
- if it involves a court-ordered program (e.g., community-service program for young offenders, probationary program).
Eligible Activities Include:
- fundraising for non-profit organizations;
- volunteering related to animal care (e.g. an animal shelter, or on a farm);
- coaching or assisting sports at the community level;
- a structured program that promotes tutoring (i.e. in person or virtual), mentoring, or whose purpose is to assist those who require it;
- church activities (e.g. youth leadership, assisting with Children’s Liturgy, nursery work);
- assisting community members in need (e.g. assisting seniors with chores, letter writing to seniors living in a nursing home, delivering items to immunocompromised individuals);
- mission/service trips;
- involvement in community organizations (e.g. assisting with special events, committees, food banks, homeless shelters, fairs);
- participation in arts and culture activities (e.g. volunteering in libraries, sewing masks to donate to local agencies, community productions);
- involvement in health organizations (e.g. volunteering for Canadian Blood Services (assist at blood donor clinic or time required to donate blood), volunteering in hospices);
- participation in environmental projects (e.g. picking up litter, garden planting, recycling projects).