Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test – Modified School Day Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians:

RE: Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test – Modified School Day Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has scheduled Tuesday, April 10, 2018 as the day for students across the province to complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT). Students must successfully complete this test in order to earn a Secondary School Diploma. To assist in creating the best possible environment for students writing the test and as a result of changes to EQAO policy, the Board will implement a modified school day. On April 10, secondary schools will follow an exam-style day in which:

  • only Grade 10 and Previously Eligible students who are writing the OSSLT are required to be at school. No classes for students in Grades 9, 11, and 12;
  • students will be dismissed upon completion of the test;
  • there will be no cafeteria service on Tuesday April 10th;
  • school buses, minivan, and taxi service will run on their normal schedules; and
  • FLS Special Education classes will follow their regular schedule.

For Students Writing the OSSLT

Students writing the OSSLT must come to school on April 10th at the normal start time of 8:20am. Based on EQAO timelines for the test, we anticipate that many students will complete the assessment in approximately 4 hours. Students will be dismissed upon their completion of the test; however, space will be made available in the school for those who need to remain until regular dismissal time. Students requiring extra time will continue to write their test during an extended test-taking period.

For Students Not Writing the OSSLT

Students who are not writing the OSSLT will not be required to attend school on April 10.  These students are encouraged to use this day to review or complete coursework, prepare for upcoming assessments, engage in Individual Pathways Planning, or complete community service hours. A supervised study hall in the school will be available for those students who prefer to work collaboratively with their peers or independently in a quiet space.

Modifying the school day in this way allows students greater access to technology and allows schools to maximize teacher supervision and support for those completing the OSSLT.  We wish every student success on the OSSLT and appreciate your ongoing support for student achievement and well- being.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

8:20 -8:30     -Announcements & Morning Routines

8:30 – 10:15    -OSSLT Booklet 1

10:15-10:30      -Break

10:30 -12:25     -OSSLT Booklet 2

Sincerely,

D. Lamonica

Vice Principal