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OSSLT - Tuesday April 10, 2018 402
OSSLT - Tuesday April 10, 2018

March 8, 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). 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 test are required to be at 
school (no regular classes for students in grades 9, 11, and 12 will occur);
●    students will be dismissed upon completion of the test;
●    school bus and taxi service will run on their normal schedules; and
●    self-contained special education classes [e.g., developmentally delayed, autism, complex 
needs, multiple exceptionalities, PEAK, York Academy-Section 23 (Care and Treatment) programs, 
Intensive, Intensive Resource Support, and Acquired Brain Injury] and Elementary Music will follow 
their regular schedule.

For Students Writing the OSSLT
Students writing the test will come to school on April 10 at their normal start time, 8:15, to 
write the OSSLT. Based on EQAO timelines for the test, we anticipate that many students will finish 
writing in about 3 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. Modifying the school day in this way allows schools to maximize teacher 
supervision and support, availability of classroom space and, access to technology.

For Students Not Writing the OSSLT
Although schools will be open, regular classes will not be running. Students are encouraged to use 
the time on this day to review or complete coursework, prepare for upcoming assessments, engage in 
Individual Pathways Planning, or complete community involvement hours.

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 the school’s administrative team.


R. Li
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