Hamilton Catholic school board cancels final exams

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Hamilton’s Catholic board has cancelled its final exams and eased graduation requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pat Daly, chair of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, said the board has informed families of the changes to students’ education.

“Parents have been informed that there won’t be final exams. That’s to make the best use of the instructional time,” he said.

The board has also reduced the number of community service hours — referred to as Christian service in the Catholic schools — that students are required to complete.

Normally, students need to complete 40 hours while in high school. Twenty hours is now acceptable too, said Daly.

“What we’ve indicated to our principals is that students are strongly encouraged to complete 40 hours, however in light of the pandemic, the 20 hours minimum would be acceptable,” he said.

The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board announced it would be cancelling final exams and easing graduation requirements on Wednesday.

In October, the province directed school boards to plan for a switch to remote learning in the event that schools are forced to close.

Both school boards have said they are prepared for a pivot to online learning if necessary.

Jacob Lorinc, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator