Student Policies

Student Responsibilities

Academic Honesty

WPLC  is committed to ensuring the integrity and validity of student achievement within its courses by promoting academic honesty among its students – academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. WPLC takes measures to reduce the instances of academic dishonestly and work submitted is subject to review at any time.  Academic dishonesty consists of any deliberate attempt to falsify, fabricate or otherwise tamper with data information, records, or any other material that is relevant to the student’s participation within any course. Academic offenses include, but are not limited to:

  1. Cheating or other forms of academic dishonesty intended to gain unfair academic advantage;
  2. Distributing, copying, or receiving answers or other information by means other than those expressly permitted by the teacher as part of the course work
  3. Submitting academic work for an assessment that was purchased or acquired from another source;
  4. Assuming another individual’s identity or allowing another person to do so on the student’s behalf for the purpose of fulfilling any academic requirement;
  5. Using any device, implement, or other form of study aid during the final examination without permission, or as explicitly stated within a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP);
  6. Allowing another individual to access course content, a quiz, unit test or final exam at any time while the student is completing an assessment;
  7. Accessing course content or external content during the final exam.

Attendance

Regular attendance in any learning environment is critical to school success. Students who do not participate in their online course on a frequent basis risk reaching their full potential in the course. The following processes have implemented to encourage regular attendance by the student:

  1. The Principal and/or teacher will maintain attendance records as it is expected that students and teachers should login to their course on a regular basis.
  2. Students who leave a course before completion must communicate their intention to withdraw either via email, phone call or in-person meeting to the Principal before any withdrawal action can be processed.
  3. To ensure consistent attendance the Principal works with curriculum writers to set manageable assessment and evaluation assignments early in the course as well as on a frequent basis. This allows the teacher to provide the student positive feedback to be successful in the course.
  4. Students who have not completed their course within 18 months from the start date will be de-registered from the course unless they have obtained an exemption from WPLC. Exemptions are provided on an individual basis and are not guaranteed. Please contact the teacher and/or Principal as soon as you know you will exceed the 18-month completion period.

Due to the continuous entry and exit model of our school, there is no prescribed yearly or semestered calendar. It is expected that a typical online course will take approximately three months for the student to complete (assuming a minimum of 1.25 hours per day), but this time may start or end arbitrarily.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is defined as using someone else’s words, ideas or thoughts as if they were your own. Without exception, teachers want students to submit original works or give credit to sources that were used for information, data, graphics and ideas in the form of a bibliography. Formats for citing works may differ from course to course but the need to cite applies to all submitted materials in all courses.

Plagiarism is a serious academic offense. Students should be aware that WPLC reserves the right to remove students from courses or assign grades of zero for plagiarism of academic dishonesty.

Digital Code of Conduct

WPLC has the right to monitor all users accounts on the digital learning platform in order ensure the appropriateness of use. Students are bound by the following guidelines:

  • Access to the Learning Management System (LMS) is provided on the basis that the student follows all guidelines set by WPLC, the LMS software as well as applicable provincial and federate statutes.
  • Inappropriate utilization of the LMS or use not in accordance with the LMS Digital policy (provided by the third-party learning platform upon successful registration) can result in termination from the course with no refund and no credit granted.
  • Use of the LMS is intended for educational purposes only; any use of any LMS tool within course for any other purpose other than the intended educational purpose is prohibited.
  • Engage in proactive measures to ensure that:
  • Report any inappropriate emails, chat messages or communications to the Principal.
  • Never share your password.
  • Never attempt to access unauthorized material or impersonate another user.

Diploma & Certificate Requirements

OSSD Requirements

In order to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) a student must earn 30 credits (which consists 18 compulsory and 12 optional credits), complete 40 hours of community involvement and successfully complete the provincial literary requirement. Per the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum guidelines (as outlined the respective course outline) one full credit is defined as minimum 110-hour course.

It is important to note that if the student is registered in an Ontario public or private school, then the student will complete the literacy and community involvement requirement at their home school where their Ontario Student Record (OSR) is maintained. All courses taken at WPLC will be promptly forwarded to the home school where the OSR will be updated. Only students who are the sole responsibility of the WPLC will complete these requirements at WPLC and have their OSR maintained here.

Compulsory Credits

There are eighteen (18) Compulsory Credits (courses you must take):

  • 4 credits in English (1 credit per grade) [1]
  • 3 credits in mathematics (at least 1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)
  • 2 credits in science
  • 1 credit in the arts [2]
  • 1 credit in Canadian geography Grade 9
  • 1 credit in Canadian history Grade 10
  • 1 credit in French as a second language [3]
  • 1 credit in health and physical education
  • 1/2 credit in career studies
  • 1/2 credit in civics
  • Three (3) additional credits, consisting of one credit from each of the following three groups:
    • Group 1: one additional credit in English (including the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course), French as a second language, classical languages, international languages, Native languages, Canadian and world studies, Native studies, social sciences and humanities, guidance and career education, cooperative education
    • Group 2: one additional credit in French as a second language, the arts, business studies, health and physical education, cooperative education
    • Group 3: one additional credit in French as a second language, science (Grade 11 or 12), computer studies, technological education, cooperative education.
      Note: The following conditions apply to selections from the above three groups: A maximum of 2 credits in French as a second language may count as additional compulsory credits, 1 credit from Group 1, and 1 credit from either Group 2 or Group 3. A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education may count as additional compulsory credits, selected from any of Groups 1, 2, or 3.

[1] The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC) may be used to meet either the Grade 11 or the Grade 12 English compulsory credit requirement. The Grade 11 Contemporary Aboriginal Voices course may be used to meet the Grade 11 English compulsory credit requirement. For English language learners the requirement may be met through earning a maximum of 3 credits in English as a second language (ESL) or English literacy development (ELD); the fourth credit must be a Grade 12 compulsory English course.

[2] The Grade 9 Expressing Aboriginal Cultures course may be used to meet the compulsory credit requirement in the arts.

[3] Students who have taken Native languages in place of French as a second language in elementary school may use a Level 1 or 2 Native language course to meet the compulsory credit requirement for French as a second language.

Optional Credits

In addition to the 18 compulsory credits, students must also complete 12 optional credits (credits you can choose to take). In order to obtain the 12 credits, a student may wish to include up to four (4) credits earning through an approved dual credit process.

Provincial Literacy Requirement

The student must successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) which measures whether students are meeting the minimum standard for literacy across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9. Successful completion of the literacy test is one of the requirements to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The test is scheduled by and administered through the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) once each year; all students across the province write this test on the same date, usually in late March each year. Students who do not successfully complete the OSSLT will have opportunities to retake the test in subsequent years, on dates scheduled by the EQAO. Students who are not successful in two attempts of the OSSLT will have the option of completing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OLC 3O/4O) in order to satisfy the provincial literacy requirement.

For additional information about accommodation and assessment policies please visit the Education Quality and Accountability Office.


To participate fully in the society and workplace of the 21st century, today’s students will need to be able to use language skillfully and confidently. The Ontario curriculum recognizes the central importance of reading and writing skills in learning across the curriculum and in everyday life, and prepares students for the literacy demands they will face in their post-secondary endeavors. To ensure that they have the essential competencies in reading and writing required to succeed at school, at work, and in daily life, students in Ontario must demonstrate those skills as a requirement for graduation.

The standard method for assessing the literacy skills of students in Ontario for purposes of meeting the literacy requirement for graduation is the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), implemented in the 2001–2002 school year. The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course has been developed to provide students who have two unsuccessful attempts on the test with intensive support in achieving the required reading and writing competencies, and with an alternative means of demonstrating their literacy skills. For additional information, please refer to the course outline for the OSSLC (OLC 30/40).

40 Hours of Community Service

As stated in Ontario Secondary Schools, Grades 9 to 12: Program and Diploma Requirements, 1999 (OSS), students must complete 40 hours of Community Involvement. The community involvement requirement is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop awareness and understanding about civic responsibility. They can actively participate in supporting and strengthening their communities. It also provides the opportunity for students to learn more about themselves and possible career opportunities. Students can start accumulating hours in the summer before entering Grade 9.

The Ontario Ministry of Education has criteria for what can be classified as eligible activities that qualify for a student’s 40 Hours requirement.

Ontario Student Record

Ontario Student Transcript (OST)

The Ontario Student Transcript is an official document maintained by the Ontario school for each student. The OST is stored in the student’s Ontario Student Record (OSR) and retained for 55 years after a student retires from school. It is a record of all secondary school course work and diploma requirements.

In accordance with the Ontario Student Transcript Manual, 2013, the OST will be issued to students whose OSR is held by WPLC as required and upon graduation. The Ontario Ministry of Education instructed that schools in Ontario implement a policy of full disclosure. This policy states that all Grade 11 and 12 courses attempted by students must be recorded on Ontario Student Transcripts. Students needing a certified copy of their Ontario Student Transcript from WPLC may contact the administration office at WPLC. If the student is currently attending another school and is simply taking a course(s) from the WPLC, then that student’s OSR will reside at the school that the student is currently attending. Where students registered in a publicly funded secondary school, earn a credit or credits with WPLC, the principal of the publicly funded secondary school is responsible for ensuring that the WPLC credit is recorded on the student’s OST. WPLC will automatically forward an official copy of the student’s final report card of the course taken at WPLC to the student’s school holding the OSR, so that the credit can be added to the OST. The WPLC establishes or obtains the student OSR containing the OST, only if the student becomes the sole responsibility of the WPLC.

Ontario Student Record (OSR)

The Ontario Student Record (OSR) is the official school record for a student registered in a school in Ontario. Every Ontario school keeps an OSR for each student enrolled at that school. The OSR contains achievement results, credits earned and diploma requirements completed, and other information important to the education of the student. These records are protected by the Education Act and Freedom of Information legislation in the Province of Ontario. If a student is enrolled in WPLC as well as another Ontario secondary school, the OSR is held by the school where the student is taking the most courses. WPLC will not hold the OSR for students who have already graduated at another school. If the student is currently attending another school and is simply taking a single course from the WPLC, then that student’s OSR will reside at the school that the student is attending and taking the most courses. WPLC establishes or obtains the student OSR only if the student becomes the sole responsibility of WPLC.

Transfer of the Ontario Student Record

The OSR is an ongoing record and may be transferred from WPLC if the student transfers to another school. Transfer of all of the original material in the OSR occurs when WPLC receives written request from the receiving school. If a student transfers outside Ontario, then only a copy of the OSR is transferred. When a student retires, the WPLC may give the parents/the student a copy of the OSR, if so requested.