The Community Involvement Program was released by the Ministry of Education in April, 1999 under Policy/Program Memorandum # 124.
The program is mandated by the Ministry, and managed by the principal of each school, with the school board involved in determining the types of activities and the forms to be completed for the program. This meets all of the criteria for the OSBIE liability insurance to apply in the same way as it does for other programs, such as Co-op Education or "Take Our Kids to Work".
The board's liability insurance carried with OSBIE will protect the students and the community sponsors from any law suits that may arise from the students' activities in the community involvement program for the 40 hours required.
The board's insurance does not cover the sponsors for law suits that arise from their negligence, or for student injuries in the work place.
The ministry has developed a list of activities that may not be chosen as community involvement activities. These are referred to as ineligible activities. An ineligible activity is an activity that:
- Is a requirement of a class or course in which the student is enrolled (e.g., cooperative education portion of a course, job shadowing, work experience);
- Takes place during the time allotted for the instructional program on a school day. However, an activity that takes place during the student's lunch breaks or "spare" periods is permissible;
- Takes place in a logging or mining environment, if the student is under sixteen years of age;
- Takes place in a factory, if the student is under fifteen years of age;
- Takes place in a workplace other than a factory, if the student is under fourteen years of age and is not accompanied by an adult;
- Would normally be performed for wages by a person in the workplace;
- Involves the operation of a vehicle, power tools, or scaffolding;
- Involves the administration of any type or form of medication or medical procedure to other persons;
- Involves handling of substances classed as "designated substances" under the Occupational Health and Safety Act;
- Requires the knowledge of a tradesperson whose trade is regulated by the provincial government;
- Involves banking or the handling of securities, or the handling of jewellery, works of art, antiques, or other valuables;
- Consists of duties normally performed in the home (i.e., daily chores) or personal recreational activities;
- Involves activities for a court-ordered program (e.g., community-service program for young offenders, probationary program).
In addition, the list of ineligible activities for my school board are:
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(See Ministry of Education Policy/Program Memorandum # 124 for details)