SUBJECT: OPENING OR CLOSING EXERCISES
Education Act: Section 265 Duties of Principal - Timetable; Section 304 Opening and
Closing Exercises; Ontario Regulation 298 - Operation of Schools: Section 4 Opening
Exercises; Section 11 Duties of Principals; Section 20 Duties of Teachers; Ontario
Regulation 435/00 Opening or Closing Exercises; Ministry of Education Program/Policy
Memorandum 108 – Opening and Closing Exercises in Public Elementary and Secondary
Related References: Administrative Procedure 201 School Day, Organization of; AP 202 School Day and Subject
Time - Elementary
Requirements for School Exercises
The Director of Education has developed this administrative procedure to give direction
to school administrators for implementing the requirements of the Education Act and
Regulations with respect to opening or closing exercises in schools.
Procedures to be Followed
The opening or closing exercises must include the singing of O Canada.
2.1.1 A student is not required to sing the national anthem or recite the pledge of
citizenship if the adult student (at least 18 years of age) or parent/guardian of a
student requests in writing, to the principal, that the student be exempt.
Opening or closing exercises may include the recitation of the following pledge of
I affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
the Second, Queen of Canada, and to her heirs and successors, and that I will
faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfill my duties as a Canadian citizen.
The principal, in consultation with the school council, may decide whether or not to
include the recitation of the pledge of citizenship in the opening or closing exercises. The
decision must be reviewed annually at the beginning of the school year.
The opening or closing exercises may include the singing of God Save the Que