Effective Date: July 13, 2001
Responsibility: Superintendent of Program and Schools
1.0 OPENING AND/OR CLOSING EXERCISES
1.1 Schools will hold opening or closing exercises and students are required to sing “O Canada” as part of such exercises.
1.2 Opening or closing exercises may include readings that impart social, moral, or spiritual values that are representative of Ontario’s multicultural society.
1.3 Opening or closing exercises may include a period of silence.
1.4 The principal will consult with the school council at the beginning of each new school year and then decide whether the opening or closing exercises will include recitation of the Citizenship Pledge. This decision will be reported annually to the Superintendent of Program and Schools on the prescribed form.
1.5 Students shall be exempted from opening or closing exercises where the parent/guardian (or adult student) applies to the principal for exemption.
2.0 SCHOOL ANNUAL SURVEY FORM
See Appendix A - Opening and Closing Exercises for the survey form that must be completed each September in regard to opening exercises.