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Grade 10 Literacy Test-Letter to Parents

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

​Dear Parent/Guardian,

Re: Literacy Test

Beginning October 18th, 2021, students in Grades 10 and 11, and non-graduating Grade 12 students will have the opportunity to attempt the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) at Bear Creek Secondary School. If successful, this will count towards satisfying the literacy requirement for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

Please note that the literacy graduation requirement for all students graduating during the 2021–2022 school year has been waived.

Should a student who is learning from home within the hybrid system wish to participate in the OSSLT, the student must come into the school and write the test with their class cohort. In this manner, we are ensuring that cohorts are maintained, and that all necessary public health directives and school board health and safety measures continue to be implemented.

Even with safety measures in place, we recognize that not all families will feel comfortable with their student entering the building and attempting the OSSLT. Please know that we understand that this concern exists, and staff will work with students to ensure that they can complete the literacy requirement for the OSSD in the future.

Unlike past years, there will not be a dedicated day to the writing of the OSSLT. Instead, all students will be assigned a day to write the OSSLT and they will have two opportunities to write.  The first writing session will be between October 18th and November 5th and again from March 21st, 2022 and April 8th, 2022. Please note that the normal daily school day schedule will be unaffected and will continue as normal.

OSSLT Writing Day Schedule

Period 1 Booklet 1 8:05-9:20

5 minute break

Period 1 Booklet 2 9:25-10:45

We believe that students, working with their teachers, parents/guardians and administrators, can be successful on the OSSLT. Additional information and materials about the OSSLT are posted on the EQAO web site at


Tyson Maxwell

Vice Principal 

Week A Grade 10 Classes

Monday Oct. 18thTues Oct. 19thWed. Oct 20th Thurs. Oct. 21stFriday Oct 22nd
D. CruiseN. MavorD. MorrisonJ. WayePD Day
S. McCuaigD. PrinceD. VanekR. Malboeuf
L. DolbearP. DyckD. RunnalisC. St. Jean
L. MacDonaldE. Mizier-BarreC. Gilewicz  



****All eligible grade 11 and 12 students will receive an invitation to write the week of November 1st to 5th .  

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