POLICY NO.: 2010 DATE APPROVED: 1977-06
The Board of School Trustees for School district No. 60 recognizes the requirement for district schools to provide stable, safe and secure environments in which students and staff may work and learn, and the responsibility of principals to establish disciple policies/procedures for their schools.
The following regulations are aligned with The School Act and Regulations.
In extreme cases, such as where the behavior of a pupil is in open opposition to the authority of a Principal or teacher, or where it is such that it has a harmful effect on the character or persons of other pupils, or where the pupil is willfully disobedient to a Principal or teacher, the Principal is expected to follow the procedures outlined in the School Act and Regulations which provide for dismissals, suspensions and expulsions.
Whenever a complaint is made to the Board regarding the conduct of a pupil, the board shall request the Superintendent of Schools to investigate the complaint and be guided by his recommendations.
In less extreme cases, the Principal may exercise his authority by requesting that a pupil leave the school until the parents or guardians have met with the Principal to plan remedial action. During the time that these discussions are continuing, the pupil will be expected to continue his studies at home as directed by the Principal and, he will be maintained on the school’s registers.
It will be the Policy of this Board to delegate its responsibilities for discipline to the Student Conduct Committee of the School Board.*
The Principal Will:
Dismiss pupil from school and where possible inform parents by telephone.
Inform parents by double registered letter of dismissal with copy of letter to the Superintendent and the pupil.
Send written report on the pupil to the Superintendent:
Outlining offence in detail, showing as clearly as possible where the behaviour of a pupil was in open opposition to the authority of a Principal or Teacher, or where it was such that it had a harmful effect on the character or persons of other pupils or;
Showing how the pupil was willfully disobedient to a Principal or Teacher, and;
Include in report a recommendation for expulsion or a recommendation for suspension, giving dates of commencement and termination of the suspension.
Form of letter referred to above:
RE: (Name of Pupil)
This is to inform you that (stae reason in general terms) your child_____________has been suspended from school as of this date. Regulation 38 of the School Act Regulations states that:
Where the behavior of a pupil is in open opposition to the authority of a Principal or Teacher, or where it is such that it has a harmful effect on the character or persons of other pupils, or where the pupil is willfully disobedient to a Principal or Teacher, the Principal or Head Teacher shall dismiss the pupil and immediately report such actions, and the reasons therefore to the parents or guardians of the pupil and to the Board, who shall take such action as may be required under the Act.
If you wish further information or wish to discuss this matter, please contact the Superintendent of Schools.
1(A) Administrative Officers and teachers authorized by an administrative officer or the board (hereafter called authorized teacher) may suspend a student in accordance with the Policy when the Administrative Officer or authorized teacher concludes that:
A student is willfully disobedient to a teacher or any other employee of the Board carrying out responsibilities approved by the Board.
The behavior of the student has a harmful effect on the character or persons of other students.
A student fails to apply himself or herself to his or her studies.
A student fails to comply with the school code of conduct.
A student causes willful damage.
1(B) The maximum duration of a suspension permitted under these regulations shall be five (5) days.
1(C) The Administrative officer or authorized teacher shall forthwith report the circumstances and duration of the suspension to the superintendent and, by double registered letter, to the parent or guardian of the student and shall, where possible, report the circumstances and duration of the suspension to the parent or guardian in person or by telephone.
1(D) In cases where the Administrative officer or authorized teacher believes that a suspension should be longer than five (5) days, the matter should be referred to the Student Conduct Committee of the Board.
1(E) The Administrative officer or authorized teacher shall make provision for assignments being provided to a student at the time of the suspension.
2(A) Where a student sixteen (16) years or more fails to apply himself or herself to his or her studies, or fails to comply with the rules and regulations of the school, the administrative officer or authorized teacher shall:
- Give the student warning.
- Record the date of the warning and the reasons therefore
- Inform the parents of the student by letter that the student has been warned.
- Send a copy of the letter to the superintendent.
- Arrange, when practical, for an interview with the parents or guardian of the student at school.
2(B) If, within a reasonable period of time after the warning, the student fails to make a reasonable effort to reform, the Administrative Officer or authorized teacher shall consult with the superintendent and may forward a joint recommendation to the Student Conduct Committee of the Board. The student shall remain suspended until a decision on the matter has been reached.