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OSSLT March 30, 2017 Information
Published on Mar 22, 2017 18:21

Dear Parent / Guardian:

Re:  Transportation on March 30, 2017

On the morning of Thursday, March 30, 2017 Grade 10 students and some Grade 11 and 12 students will be writing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). The purpose of the test is to assess the students’ basic reading and writing skills. Students need to pass the test in order to receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Classroom teachers are currently providing these students with strategies, materials and classroom instruction related to reading and writing. Plans are also underway to put in place additional supports for students writing the test and to provide those students with every opportunity to succeed.  

As we anticipate a large number of both first time and repeat writers of the test, additional teaching staff will be needed to assist in the administration of the test. Consequently, we will be reorganizing the structure of the school day on March 30. Please note the following arrangements:

  • on Thursday, March 30 school buses will pick up only those students writing the OSSLT at the regular bus time;

  • students not participating in the OSSLT will be picked-up at their regular bus stop exactly three and a half (3.5) hours after their regularly scheduled morning pick-up time;

  • for students who walk to school and who are writing the OSSLT, the day will begin at its regular time;

  • for students who walk to school and who are not writing the OSSLT, the day will begin three and a half (3.5) hours later than normal;

  • students writing the OSSLT will be at school all day.

Hopefully, these arrangements will enable the school to employ the resources necessary to support our students in this important endeavour. Overall, disruptions to normal classroom activities and loss of learning opportunities will be kept to a minimum.

Please feel free to contact me at the school if you have any questions or concerns about these arrangements for March 30.


Important information has been posted to about what secondary schools must know and do if inclement weather threatens to disrupt next week’s administration of the OSSLT.

Special Notice: Inclement Weather Planning for the OSSLT