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  • Ontario Schools

    P o l i c y a n d

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    r e q u i r e m e n t s

    K i n d e r g a r t e n t o g r a d e 1 2

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  • Une publication équivalente est disponible en français sous le titre suivant : Les écoles de l’Ontario de la maternelle à la 12e année : Politiques et programmes, 2011.

    This publication is available on the Ministry of Education’s website, at www.edu.gov.on.ca.

    Preface .................................................................................................................................... 7

    Part One: Policy and Program Requirements for Elementary and Secondary Schools ....................................................................................................... 9

    1 The School Environment ........................................................................................... 10 1.1 Healthy Schools ........................................................................................................... 10

    1.1.1 Daily Physical Activity (DPA) .......................................................................... 10

    1.1.2 School Food and Beverage Policy ..................................................................... 11

    1.1.3 Anaphylaxis Policy: Sabrina’s Law .................................................................... 11

    1.2 Safe Schools .................................................................................................................. 12

    1.2.1 The Code of Conduct and School Board Codes of Conduct ......................... 12

    1.2.2 Promoting Positive Student Behaviour ........................................................... 12

    1.2.3 Local Police/School Board Protocols ............................................................... 14

    1.2.4 Reporting Violent Incidents to the Ministry of Education ............................. 14

    1.3 Environmental Education .......................................................................................... 15

    1.4 Equity and Inclusive Education ................................................................................. 16

    1.4.1 Parent Engagement ........................................................................................... 17

    1.4.1.1 School Councils and Parent Involvement Committees (PICs) ................ 18

    1.4.2 Student Voice ..................................................................................................... 18

    1.5 Aboriginal Education .................................................................................................. 19

    2 Learning Programs ................................................................................................... 20 2.1 The Full-Day Kindergarten Program ........................................................................ 20

    2.1.1 The Core Day Program ..................................................................................... 20

    2.1.2 The Extended-Day/Before- and After-School Program ................................. 21

    2.2 The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1 to 12 .................................................................. 21

    2.2.1 Textbooks and Supplementary Resources ....................................................... 23

    2.3 Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting .................................................................... 24

    2.3.1 The Provincial Report Cards ............................................................................ 25

    Contents

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    2.4 The Guidance and Career Education Program ........................................................ 25

    2.4.1 Orientation and Exit Programs ........................................................................ 26

    2.5 Additional Programs and Program Considerations ............................................... 27

    2.5.1 Combined Classes (Multigrade, Multitype) .................................................... 27

    2.5.2 Promotion from Grade 8 to Grade 9 ............................................................... 27

    2.5.2.1 Reach-Ahead Opportunities for Elementary School Students ................ 27

    2.5.3 International Language Programs for Elementary School Students .............. 28

    2.6 Languages of Instruction, and Programming .......................................................... 29

    2.6.1 English-Language Schools ................................................................................ 29

    2.6.2 French-Language Schools ................................................................................. 29

    2.6.3 American Sign Language .................................................................................. 30

    3 Supporting Diverse Learners ................................................................................ 31 3.1 English Language Learners (ELLs) ............................................................................ 31

    3.1.1 Placement .......................................................................................................... 32

    3.1.2 Modified Curriculum Expectations ................................................................. 32

    3.1.3 English as a Second Language (ESL) and

    English Literacy Development (ELD) .............................................................. 32

    3.2 Students Deemed to Be at Risk .................................................................................. 33

    3.2.1 Students Deemed to Be at Risk in Secondary School ..................................... 33

    3.2.2 Transition from Grade 8 to Grade 9 ................................................................ 33

    3.2.3 Supervised Alternative Learning (SAL) ........................................................... 34

    3.3 Students with Special Education Needs ................................................................... 35

    3.3.1 Accommodations, Modifications, and Alternative Expectations ................... 37

    3.3.2 The Individual Education Plan (IEP) .............................................................. 37

    3.3.3 Planning the Transition to a Postsecondary Setting

    for Students with Special Education Needs ..................................................... 38

    3.3.4 Transition Planning for Students with Autism

    Spectrum Disorders (ASD) .............................................................................. 39

    3.4 Provincial and Demonstration Schools .................................................................... 39

    3.5 Education Programs for Students in Care and/or

    Treatment, Custody, and Correctional Facilities ..................................................... 40

    4 Student Records, Attendance, and Transfers .................................................... 41 4.1 Student Records ........................................................................................................... 41

    4.1.1 The Ontario Student Record (OSR) ................................................................ 41

    4.1.2 The Ontario Student Transcript (OST) ........................................................... 41

    4.2 Student Attendance ..................................................................................................... 42

    4.2.1 Safe Arrivals: Elementary School Program ...................................................... 43

    4.2.2 Home Schooling ............................................................................................... 44

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    4.3 Student Transfers ........................................................................................................ 44

    4.3.1 Students Transferring between Schools within Ontario ................................. 44

    4.3.2 Students Transferring from Home Schooling, a Non-Inspected

    Private School, or a School outside Ontario .................................................... 45

    5 School and Board Information: Admissions, Publishing, and Sharing ....... 46 5.1 Admission to School ................................................................................................... 46

    5.1.1 Admission to a French-Language School Board ............................................. 47

    5.1.1.1 Information to Be Provided by English-Language School Boards ..... 47

    5.2 Elementary Schools: Information for Selecting a Secondary School ..................... 47

    5.3 Secondary Schools ...................................................................................................... 48

    5.3.1 The School Program and Course Calendar ..................................................... 48

    5.3.2 Outlines of Courses of Study .......................................................................... 50

    Part Two: Policy and Program Requirements for Secondary Schools ............... 53

    6 Diploma and Certificate Requirements and Related Procedures ................ 54 6.1 The Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) .................................................... 54

    6.1.1 Compulsory Credits (total of 18) ..................................................................... 54

    6.1.2 Optional Credits (total of 12) .......................................................................... 56

    6.1.3 The Secondary School Literacy Graduation Requirement ............................. 56

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