I don't feel there is any community around Ontario Online Schools, and I believe maybe its due to them only existing as of this year. I think the school is great on its own without a community, but they could definitely build on it by providing resources that could definitely help foster a community if thats what their goal was. For myself, I was just there to learn, do my school work, and get my credit. I wasn't there for anything else, so to me a community isnt neccessary for an online learning experiance. I appreciate that I didnt have to focus on all these other things.
After meeting students and talking with them at Ontario Online Schools I was a part of a new community. I have created long lasting friendships with some students that I met at the school. Since leaving the school, I still remain in contact with them. From first enrolling into the school, admin made it clear that Ontario Online Schools is a safe place. Bullying and discrimination will not be tolerated. If any issues arose between two students, it was dealt with. Parents are welcomed to be involved in the life of the school. Ontario Online Schools is a very welcoming community. What stands out to me about the broader community at Ontario Online Schools is even though it is an online school, the community felt like my school community.
The broader community at Ontario Online Schools Network was also very much welcoming and supportive. Alumni were present to answer any questions if anyone had any or felt unsure about the school. My experience within the alumni community was overall great. I enjoyed my time there along with many other students. Previous alumni have also spoken about the welcoming and supportive atmosphere from both the school and students. Parents were always more than welcomed to be involved and were made sure they knew that. I have kept up with students from Ontario Online Schools Network since leaving the school and have made some lifelong friends and memories that I won't be forgetting. Everyone truly made you feel at home and comfortable to be with one another.